Farm Bill Proposal Builds Momentum for Dairy Policy Reform

October 6, 2011


Today Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) introduced the Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger Act (REFRESH), legislation to reform federal agriculture policy. This legislation includes the Dairy Security Act of 2011 authored by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). Under the leadership of National Milk Producers Federation, the Dairy Security Act has been developed over the past two years by individual dairy producers and numerous dairy groups across the nation, including Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA).

“In recent weeks, Congressional leaders have responded to the urgent need for dairy policy reform. This growing momentum is a positive signal to the dairy industry that change is on the horizon.

“On behalf of the dairy farmer owners of DFA, I am pleased to extend my sincere appreciation to Sen. Lugar and Rep. Stutzman for their leadership on this important issue. REFRESH contains key dairy policy changes necessary to maintain the vitality of the U.S. dairy industry, including options that allow dairy producers to protect their margins and the ability to strengthen exports.”

John Wilson
Senior Vice President