Dairy Farmers of America Says Hard Work of Dairy Industry Helps Pass House Farm Bill

H.R. 2419 Positive for U.S. Dairy Industry
July 27, 2007

Kansas City, Mo. - Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) is pleased with today’s passage of H.R. 2419, the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the 2007 Farm Bill. DFA and its members worked hard to ensure that most of the provisions were included in the bill.

The bill, which passed 231-191, contains a variety of programs for the dairy industry including the Dairy Product Price Support Program, promotion assessment on imported dairy products, and a full extension of the Dairy Export Incentive Program.

“The House version of the Farm Bill is a positive step forward in passing a 2007 Farm Bill that is good for the U.S. dairy industry,” says Tom Camerlo, of Florence, Colo., chairman of DFA’s Board of Directors. “From the extended price support program to new energy and conservation programs, the bill includes a variety of programs that will improve the economic viability of dairy farmers.”

For the past several months, DFA has worked on the Farm Bill in conjunction with the National Milk Producers Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and several other agricultural groups. In addition to a daily presence on Capitol Hill, DFA members and staff made countless phone calls and personal visits, and sent numerous faxes and e-mails to their representatives.

“Grassroots efforts are so important in the legislative process,” said Camerlo. “Our members who have taken the time to contact their representatives over the past few days, weeks and months can be proud that their work has made a difference.”

Highlights of H.R. 2419 that DFA supported include:

  • Dairy Product Price Support Program – supports specific dairy product prices, improving the effectiveness and predictability of this critical government safety net.
  • Promotion Assessment on Imported Dairy Products – ensures implementation of the promotion check-off on imported dairy products.
  • Conservation Programs – increases conservation funding for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program.
  • Human Nutrition Programs – enhances the role of dairy foods in federal feeding programs, including the school lunch and other important human nutrition programs.
  • Animal and Public Health Protection Programs – funds animal disease and indemnity programs.
  • Trade Expansion Programs – develops overseas markets for U.S. dairy foods by extending the Dairy Export Incentive Program and the Market Access Program.

DFA will continue its support of the Farm Bill when the debate resumes in the U.S. Senate in September.