IDFA supports policies that would give dairy farmers access to USDA-subsidized insurance, similar to what is available to grain farmers and other agriculture sectors. IDFA opposes any new policies that would require the government to artificially raise milk prices—like implementation of the 1949 Act and those in the Dairy Market Stabilization Program included in the proposed farm bill. IDFA supports the bipartisan measure offered by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA) that would provide subsidized revenue protection for dairy farmers without government management of milk prices.
"This type of situation is not new, as farm bills have been extended many times," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "The Secretary of Agriculture has ample authority to postpone and even avoid any negative impact of a delay in passing a new farm bill, and we expect USDA will take careful and deliberate actions to avoid short-term market disruptions."
The full letter is available at http://idfa.org/files/resources/letter_to_secretary_vilsack_12-27-2012.pdf.
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), headquartered in Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org.SOURCE International Dairy Foods Association