The Farm Bill is now coming up for a vote again in Congress. Please reaffirm your support for the Dairy Security Act, and urge your members of Congress to pass the legislation as a complete package.
Following the initial approval of the proposed reforms by the NMPF Board, NMPF staff embarked on its summer 2011 Grassroots Tour, holding 13 meetings in 12 cities across the country to present the programs in Foundation for the Future to producers and get their feedback. It became evident that there was considerable concern in the producer community regarding making sweeping reforms in federal orders through the legislative process. As a result of those concerns, the focus of the Dairy Security Act in the next Farm Bill is on improving the safety net for dairy farmers, and not attempting to also reform the Federal Order system. However, NMPF remains committed to addressing the shortcomings in that system, and will continue to push for those reforms separate from the farm bill process.