In a recent DairyLine interview, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) said that he plans to introduce his draft dairy reform legislation "when we get back from the August recess, so sometime around the middle of September, probably." Peterson, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, said the U.S. Senate has committed to move on the bill once it moves in the House.
Earlier this month, Peterson announced that Rep. Mike Simpson, a senior Republican from Idaho, one of the nation's largest dairy states, has joined efforts to reform dairy programs.
IDFA believes it is critical that dairy processors continue to voice their opposition to Peterson's draft bill, particularly the Dairy Market Stabilization Program.
"Peterson has said the supply management piece is not 'written in stone,'" said Jerry Slominski, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. "Dairy processors must let their elected officials know that they cannot support a plan that will hurt jobs and growth in their districts."
This letter can be quickly and easily sent directly to members of Congress. For personalized assistance, contact Ashley Burch, IDFA assistant director of political programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 220-3534.
Members are also encouraged to join the Policy Reform for Opportunity in Dairy (PRO Dairy) Coalition opposing government-mandated milk supply controls.
To learn more about IDFA's dairy policy proposals and why IDFA opposes the Dairy
Market Stabilization Program, read IDFA Dairy Policy Recommendations: Providing a Path to Growth and Opportunity and visit www.keepdairystrong.com.
Members with questions may contact Slominski at email@example.com.