Co-op urges Congress and president to approve legislation
One of the largest dairy cooperatives in the country, representing farmers throughout the Midwest, today applauded improvements for the dairy community in the new farm bill after details were released Monday night.
The bill must be approved by the full House and Senate, and the president must sign it, for it to become law. This legislation, which touches nearly every aspect of the country’s food system, includes important priorities for dairy farmers. (Click here for text of the bill and comments from congressional leaders.)
“A great deal of work and time will be lost if we let this bill falter now so close to the finish line. We cannot afford to start the process over.
“Dairy farmers are hurting and have been hanging on in hopes of something positive, and this bill delivers improvements for our farmers.
Stapel noted these specific parts of the bill which Edge –– as the voice of milk –– pushed for aggressively in its advocacy work on Capitol Hill:
Trade promotion –– Programs to promote trade were fully funded. This critical investment will open opportunities to sell dairy products around the world.
“In the long run, trade equals stability and success for the dairy community.”
Risk management –– The bill creates Dairy Margin Coverage, which improves upon the former Margin Protection Program; allows simultaneous use of multiple risk management ; and expands potential coverage to all-size farms. These changes will give farmers options that work best for them.tools
“When it comes to farmers protecting our businesses, one size doesn’t fit all. We need to be able to choose what makes most sense for individual farm families.”
Nutrition Title –– The bill develops a framework to health eating for people in lower-income nutrition programs. Options could include fluid milk.incentivize
“If the goal is to promote healthy eating, it only makes sense to include milk in those programs. You won’t find a much more nutritious option.”
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative provides dairy farmers in eight Midwestern states with a powerful voice — the voice of milk — in Congress, with customers and within their communities. Under the Federal Milk Marketing Orders, the co-op also provides milk testing verification services and market information. Edge, based in Green Bay, Wis., is one of the top cooperatives in the country based on the amount of milk produced by its members. For more information, visit voiceofmilk.com.