Farm groups, unions, others call for dairy policy reform

A group of more than 90 farm, environmental, and labor groups is asking Congress to make major shifts in dairy policy.  They have signed on to a letter by the National Family Farm Coalition seeking what they call price floors based on the scale of operation that allows family-scale farmers to cover costs of operation.  They also support production management mechanisms, a form of supply management to re-balance U.S. dairy supply with demand and scaling down what they call industrial-scale mega-dairies that contribute most to overproduction.

The groups also call for reforming the Federal Milk Marketing Order system and for making it easier for beginning dairy farmers to enter the business.

The November 10th letter was signed by labor unions, National Farmers Union and many state Farmers Union affiliates, National Farmers Organization, and several state organic groups.

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