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Dairy Farmer Tells Congressmen Ribble and Petri 'We Don't Want Supply Management'

 

Testimony outlines dangers of government-mandated production limits

GREEN BAY, Wis., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association:

John Pagel of Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy presented his position on dairy supply management at an Agriculture Policy Conference sponsored by U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble (WI-8) and Tom Petri (WI-6) in Kimberly, Wisconsin.  The event was designed for people from the Wisconsin's agriculture community to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill and other pressing issues affecting the state's largest industry.  Pagel, whose dairy has 4600 cows, 2500 heifers, 400 calves and 100 employees, focused his presentation on his opposition to the supply management provisions in proposed dairy legislation.

Pagel outlined to Reps. Ribble and Petri that supply management will:

  • Cause exports to decline, even if never goes into effect
  • Derail the dairy industry from capturing new international markets, when Congress and the President agree that exports are essential for job growth
  • Harm Wisconsin's agricultural exports, which just increased by 18%
  • Penalize Wisconsin's expanding production and processing facilities who are already experiencing a milk deficit of 13%
  • Jeopardize future expansion plans resulting in loss of jobs

While other dairy farmers in the audience nodded and indicated their agreement, Pagel explained that Wisconsin dairy exports increased by 8.6% from 2010 to 2011, to nearly $230 million, and for that to continue, an ample supply of milk is required.  Pagel urged the Congressmen to consider alternatives to supply management including better and more access to risk management tools such as farm savings accounts; supporting manufacturers for margin calls; expanding the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy program; and creating a Dairy Margin Insurance Program with catastrophic coverage.

About DBA
The Dairy Business Association is an industry organization comprised of dairy producers, corporate and allied industry supporters. DBA promotes the growth and success of all dairy farms in Wisconsin by fostering a positive business and political environment. For more information about DBA, please visit our website at www.widba.com.

 


SOURCE Wisconsin Dairy Business Association

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