Wed, 29 Jan 2014
US – Dairy policy reform agreements have been welcomed by the International Dairy Foods Association as an ‘efficient safety net’ for farmers and avoiding limiting production.
The announcement is a major step into the future and will enable the industry to grow and capture new markets, according to Jerry Slominkski, a senior vice president at IDFA.
He commended the conferees at the House and Senate for reaching a compromise.
He said the bill suited consumers and producers as higher prices would be avoided while farmers had a safety net for ‘hard times’.
"IDFA commends the Farm Bill conferees for their hard work and we congratulate them on reaching a compromise that represents historic reform of our nation’s dairy policies,” Mr Slominski said.
The bill has the potential to create jobs and make life simpler for exporters, he added.
“The conference report rejects a proposed new regulatory burden on dairy food manufacturers and will allow dairy companies, particularly those that are now exporting about 15 per cent of the milk produced in this country, to continue to grow and create thousands of new jobs.”