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Emergency Actions

Dairy Farmer Sign-On Petition

This has come to our attention and we are encouraging all

citizens to weigh in and share your opinions about the

2018 Farm Bill. Please email them to aghouselistens@mail.house.gov

You to have a voice in this and it is critical to support our family farms.

We are asking for the same seven points as listed in Progressive Agriculture Organization's paper below. Please write an email and send to the address above supporting the following points.   

 Progressive Agriculture Organization

1300 Rattlesnake Hill Road

Meshoppen, PA 18630




January 15, 2018

There are certain things that Congress and the USDA can and must do.

1) Congress could and should peg the Class I price in all Federal Orders at least at $20 per cwt. (hundred pounds).

2) An alternate to number one, would be for Congress to place a floor price under all milk used to manufacture dairy products. This could be done in two increments, and reach $20 per cwt.

3) The USDA should and must call a national milk hearing and give the dairy farmers a chance to testify for a new federal milk pricing formula that will include farmers' cost of production like all businesses are permitted to do in pricing their products and services.

4) Sooner, not later, the industry must give credence to a reasonable milk supply management program that is fair to everyone, in the event that there is any overproduction of milk.

5) Members of Congress and the USDA must answer the question, “Why does the Federal Milk Marketing Orders Formula allow a “make allowance” (nearly $2 per cwt.) to be credited to milk handlers when they convert milk into dairy products, but neither the USDA nor Congress will listen to a cost of production formula for dairy farmers?” Isn't this a double standard, with dairy farmers being on the short end of the stick again? The “make allowance” needs to be eliminated immediately because Congress ended the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP) in the 2014 Farm Bill, shorting dairy farmers about $2 per cwt. in all milk they have sold since then. That is a huge income shortfall for dairy farmers struggling to pay their bills because of Congress's action in the 2014 Farm Bill.

6) Advertising and promoting milk: Neither of the two major political parties has been fair to American dairy farmers. The past administration did harm to our dairy farmers by developing unwise standards for our school lunch program. The present school lunch program is ruining future milk drinkers by not having good tasting whole milk that is the best choice for students' health. All dairy farmers must immediately confer with members of Congress and the current administration to correct the inequities in the school lunch program and allow whole milk, both white and flavored, to be offered to students.

7) Public hearings must be held to investigate the effect the continued use of protein products derived from milk, including casein, milk protein concentrate (MPC), ultra-filtered milk, etc. have had on the farm price for milk and the price consumers are paying for milk and dairy products and to determine safety and nutritional impacts of these proteins on human health.

Do you need a reason to do the above? The reason is that the milk you produce in December and January will go way below $17 per cwt. It’s time to get with it.

Remember: Dairy farmers do not want a government hand-out; they want a fair price from the marketplace.

Pro-Ag can be reached at 570-833-5776

Farm Women United Fully Supports the Progressive Agriculture Organization and these Emergency Actions.