Dairy Risk Management Programs Part of Farm Bill Debates – Ohio Ag Net
The National Dairy Farmers Federation (NMPF) has commended farmers from member co-ops who advocate for the needs of the dairy industry in farm bill listening sessions hosted by members of Congress.
“From sustainability and trade to providing an adequate safety net for producers of all sizes, the voices of dairy farmers are essential in shaping federal agricultural programs that serve the entire country,” said Jim. Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “We commend the farmer owners of our member cooperatives for sharing their ideas. We also thank Congress for ensuring that dairy is heard as the next Farm Bill begins to take shape.
A session in Minnesota took place following an event in Washington State in July. Both are part of a series of sessions organized to prepare for the 2023 Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill safety net and risk management programs are critical to the economic viability of U.S. dairy farmers, farmers told members of the House Agriculture Committee during the sessions. Farmers representing NMPF member co-operatives Associated Milk Producers Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Northwest Dairy Association shared their views on the upcoming farm bill at events hosted by Representative Angie Craig, D-MN, and Rep. Kim Schrier, D-WA.
During the listening session held in Northfield, Min., Steve Schlangen, President of Associated Milk Producers Inc. and member of the NMPF Executive Committee, highlighted the value of the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. Created in the 2018 Farm Bill at the request of the NMPF, the DMC is designed to ensure that dairy farmers can protect themselves against financial disasters and market fluctuations.
Schlangen urged the committee to strengthen the program by deferring the update of additional dairy margin coverage in the next Farm Bill to compensate farmers for modest increases in production since the program’s formula was created in 2014. He was joined by Charles Krause, a dairy farmer from Buffalo American Farmer and KC Graner, a member owner of Land O’Lakes ag of Truman, Min., who, among other things, supported the product donation program. to connect dairy to food-insecure families and additional funding and policies to encourage and scale climate-smart agricultural practices.
The House Agriculture Committee also held a listening session in Washington. Northwest Dairy Association dairy farmer and member-owner Jeremy Visser of Stanwood, Wa. and Jim Werkhoven of Monroe, Wa. in their remarks, they urged committee members to ensure that risk management tools work effectively for farmers of all sizes and to provide strong funding for trade promotion programs like the market access program .