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IDFA: Go slow on ‘permanent’ dairy policy implementation

International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) senior vice president Jerry Slominski said USDA should not move quickly to enforce the 1949 law that will come into effect Jan. 1, 2014 if the Farm Bill is not extended or updated before the end of the year. His comments came in response to U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member of the House Ag Committee, who recently called on USDA to pressure Congress to pass a new Farm Bill.

Slominski said early implementation of the “outdated law” would “dramatically and artificially” raise consumer prices of dairy products and harm the dairy industry. Read more …