Want Safe, Fresh Milk? Support your Local Farmer!
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Want Safe, Fresh Milk? Support your Local Farmer!

    1. National Family Farm Coalition Washington, DC
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      National Family Farm Coalition Washington, DC

America has lost more than half of its dairy farmers since 1996, largely due to a broken pricing system and rampant corruption in the dairy industry. The United States Congress needs to hear from the public that we are concerned about our milk supply and the family dairy farmers nationwide whose livelihoods are at stake.

Our current dairy market has been consolidated into a handful of dairy processors and manufacturers that effectively control our market supply by not paying dairy farmers enough to cover their costs of producing the milk. This never-ending pursuit of cheap food will lead to fewer family-owned dairy farms and larger corporate farms, resulting in further environmental degradation and rural wastelands. To add insult to injury, the U.S. will import millions of pounds of unneeded dairy products and dairy 'ingredients' this year from countries with fewer regulations and questionable quality control. This will provide more opportunities for tainted dairy products, such as melamine-laced infant formula, to enter the U.S. food supply.

To prevent an impending catastrophe among our dairy farmers and consumers, we must pass Senate Bill 1640. SB 1640 will reform our dairy pricing structure, giving farmers a fair price and preventing price manipulation by dairy processors. It's time to stand up to the corporations and policies that have stifled the voice of a hardworking and integral part of the United States economy--the dairy farmer.

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    • Brenda Cochran WESTFIELD, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Dairy farmers deserve a fair price for their raw milk, and they are long overdue to be paid fairly. S-1640 will finally correct the pricing inequity that dairy farmers have been facing since the federal government and the dairy cooperatives forced "Order Reform" onto dairy farmers in 2000. The current system favors dairy processors, leaving dairy farmers at a terrible economic disadvantage. We have lost too many dairy farmers because of this. S-1640 will allow dairy farmers to finally have a chance to pay their bills, stay on their farms, and take proper care of their cattle and their families. What could be wrong with that?

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    • Rick Rapp AMSTERDAM, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Operated a average size dairy forced out by low pay prices and high input costs.

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    • Holly Berkowitz IOWA CITY, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      Another major factor controlling both quality and quantity of both land and milk is urban sprawl: As expensive cities sprawl out onto the "cheaper" farmland and rich, organic soil, covering the soil with concrete, fewer have the access to soil to grow and produce real food, driving costs up.

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    • Lisa Griffith CLARKSVILLE, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      The people who produce and harvest our food deserve fair prices, not the pittance they receive after processors and distributors have taken their cut.

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    • Brad Wilson SPRINGVILLE, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is great legislation. It makes the big corporations pay fair prices, without blaming farmers for any compensatory farm subsidies (it has no subsidies). It's needed because dairy prices don't self correct in free markets. Dairy farmers shouldn't be forced to subsidize corporations (and through them, consumers), as they have been doing. Dairy farmers themselves have been getting no share of our food dollar, none at all, but rather paying into other shares.

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