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02-27-14 NMPF Statement on Proposed FDA Food Labeling Regulations…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 27, 2014

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NMPF Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern will take over as President & Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2014.

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From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMPF:

“As we review the details of today’s announcement on proposed food label changes, we are open to improvements that will help consumers make informed choices.

We applaud the provision to highlight a food’s dietary contribution of potassium and vitamin D – two nutrients most Americans are not consuming enough of. Milk is a great source of those, as well as two other key nutrients, calcium and protein, that are already highlighted on the current nutrition facts panel. This change will help consumers better understand the important role that dairy plays in a healthy diet.

There are some parts of the proposal that need greater clarification, such as the definition of ‘added sugars,’ and we look forward to working with the FDA to address these issues.”

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s 30 cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

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02-27-14 NMPF News: U.S. Dairy Organizations Say Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Must Further Open Japan, Canada to Exports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 27, 2014

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The ongoing – and so far, inconclusive negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), must result in the free trade of dairy products between the United States, Canada and Japan, according to organizations representing America’s dairy farmers, processors and exporters. The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) also say progress on market access into those two markets has been frustratingly slow, and U.S. negotiators shouldn’t allow the process to drag on indefinitely.

The statement by the U.S. dairy groups follows ministerial-level meetings in Singapore this week on several contentious, yet-to-be resolved issues, including resistance by Canada and Japan to allow further market access for “sensitive” sectors, including dairy imports. The TPP involves a significant number of markets bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern noted, “The U.S. dairy industry is prepared to eliminate all tariffs affecting dairy trade with Canada and Japan, as long as they do the same. If Japan and Canada are not willing to make an effort and offer realistic market access to the U.S., then they are not serious about being part of TPP.”

“It is time to finish the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, including resolving the treatment of agricultural trade,” said Tom Suber, president of USDEC. “The principle of creating comprehensive market access is too important to this and future trade agreements. Therefore, if Japan and Canada are not committed to this goal, we need to move forward without them.”

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01-27-14 NMPF Statement on Completion of Farm Bill Dairy Title…

Posted by Brian Allmer on January 27, 2014

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From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMPF:

“Over the past week, NMPF has worked with agriculture leaders in the House and Senate to develop a margin insurance program that will offer dairy farmers an effective safety net in the absence of the market stabilization component featured in our original program.

“That process is now complete. Despite its limitations, we believe the revised program will help address the volatility in farmers’ milk prices, as well as feed costs, and provide appropriate signals to help address supply and demand.

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11-26-13 *NMPF News* New Congressional Analysis of Farm Bill Finds Senate Dairy Title Costs Less than House Version…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 26, 2013

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ARLINGTON, VA – A recent analysis by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the competing House and Senate farm bills shows that the Senate’s dairy program costs less than the House version, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today, helping fortify the case for the Senate‘s dairy title as negotiations continue in the congressional farm bill committee.

The House farm bill’s dairy title is projected to cost $418 million above the baseline, according to the CRS report released in October, while the Senate dairy program costs $302 million more over the next ten years. [These figures are in Tables 4 and 5 of the report, starting on p. 22].

Incoming NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said Tuesday that the CRS report – the first to compare the two competing farm bill versions that conferees are attempting to reconcile – buttresses the point that NMPF has been making about the need to couple margin insurance with a market stabilization program, as the Senate bill does, to achieve cost controls.

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11-13-13 *NMPF News* Incoming Head of Dairy Farmer Group Urges More Grassroots Engagement…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 13, 2013

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The more engagement members have, the more that can be achieved, Mulhern says

PHOENIX – The incoming president of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urged dairy farmers today to become more engaged in the organization and the policymaking process.

“We need your financial commitment, yes,” Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern told nearly 1,000 attendees at the organization’s annual meeting. “But even more importantly, we need your time and effort and engagement. The more engagement our members have … the more our organization can achieve for our members. It’s a virtuous circle.”

Mulhern will take over as NMPF president and CEO January 1, 2014, when long-time leader Jerry Kozak retires. The organization is the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers in Washington.

“30 years ago,” Mulhern said, “NMPF, like many organizations, could be a neatly defined hierarchy, and be successful….But not anymore.” Today, he said, both NMPF and the entire dairy industry must be more engaged in the free and rapid flow of information.

“If there’s a message I can leave with you today, it’s that the future of NMPF is not a function of what I want … or any one leader,” he said. “Rather, the successful future of NMPF will be a function of the active engagement that our board, our delegates and, yes, our grassroots members, have in the organization and the industry.”

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11-13-13 Head of Milk Producer Group Criticizes House Dairy Title as Costly to Taxpayers, a Bonanza for Processors and Not Good for Farmers…

Posted by Brian Allmer on November 13, 2013

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Chair of National Milk Producers Federation Speaks at Group’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix

PHOENIX – The head of the nation’s dairy farmer organization today blasted the dairy provisions in the pending House farm bill as costly to taxpayers, a bonanza for processors and not what’s needed to help farmers. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the voice of more than 32,000 dairy farmers in Washington, is wrapping up its annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.

Speaking at the meeting, board chair Randy Mooney, of Rogersville, Missouri, said the House of Representatives was dangerously close to repeating the mistakes of the early 1980s, when the federal dairy safety net was “far too generous.”

In those days, Mooney said, “you had to work at it to lose money milking cows.” Farmers produced more milk than the market could absorb, letting Washington buy up the rest. “The USDA became the largest single customer that farmers had,” Mooney said. “We spent most of the rest of the ’80s paring down the structural surplus that was created because Congress wanted to help us…to a fault.”

Today, Mooney said, “we are in the dangerous position of repeating history because certain people in Congress are forgetting the lessons of the past.” The House, he said, has voted for a new subsidy for dairy farmers modeled on crop insurance but with no mechanism to limit costs when the economy slows down.

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10-30-13 NMPF Urges Farm Bill Conferees to Include Senate’s Dairy Security Act in Final Measure…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 30, 2013

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From Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer, NMPF:

“At long last, the House and Senate are poised to finish their work on a final farm bill package. For America’s dairy farmers, this is no time for a game of congressional trick or treat. The final product must provide farmers real stability, and not be a costumed disguise that masks the serious problems that will result if the House dairy program were enacted.

“The Senate’s bipartisan Dairy Security Act is the only option that will provide help to farmers when they need it most, while also limiting taxpayers’ exposure through its market stabilization mechanism. It’s an important safety net to farmers when they need it, and not an underfunded liability to the government when the program is in operation.

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10-12-13 NMPF Commends House for Naming Conferees to Complete Work on Farm Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 12, 2013

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From Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer, NMPF:

“We commend the leadership of the House of Representatives for taking the next crucial step towards completing a new farm bill, and creating a new and better safety net for dairy farmers. With the naming of these House members, negotiations with the Senate can now proceed on a final farm bill package.

“NMPF will be working in the coming days to remind both the Senate and House conferees of the importance of a balanced and cost-effective dairy program. The Senate’s bipartisan Dairy Security Act is the only program designed to both help farmers when they need it most, while also limiting taxpayers’ liability through its market stabilization mechanism. Without the market stabilization program, farmers will continue to suffer prolonged periods of poor margins, while taxpayers will subsidize artificially-low milk prices.

“The Dairy Security Act protects farmers of all sizes, allows for growth, and keeps taxpayer costs in check. The alternative is an irresponsible budget-buster. We strongly encourage the agriculture conferees to support the dairy title language in the Senate farm bill, and to include its provisions in the final package.”

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s 30 cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. Visit www.nmpf.org for more information.

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10-09-13 *NMPF News* If You’re Involved in Milk Production, You Need this New Book!

Posted by Brian Allmer on October 9, 2013

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NMPF - Dairy Data BookletUpdated Dairy Data Highlights Now Available from NMPF

ARLINGTON, VA – Need to know the nation’s top 10 milk-producing states? How about Class III milk prices by month going back eight years? Or perhaps you need the top 10 export markets for U.S. dairy products in 2012.

All that and more is available in the latest addition of Dairy Data Highlights from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). The handy, pocket-size booklet includes 53 tables and 19 graphs filled with national and state milk and dairy production data from the mid-1970s through 2012.

Dairy Data Highlights has been published annually by NMPF for more than 60 years. A must for anyone involved in milk production, it is available to NMPF member cooperatives and associate members for $7.50 a copy, or $5 for orders of more than 10 copies. For nonmembers, the cost is $10 for single copies or $7.50 for bulk orders. An order form is available on the NMPF website.

All aspects of milk and dairy products production are covered, as well as producer, wholesale and retail milk and dairy product prices; federal milk marketing orders; sales and consumption data for milk and dairy products, and comparative information for U.S. dairy imports and exports.

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09-19-13 NMPF Statement on House of Representatives Passage of the Farm Bill’s Nutrition Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2013

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From Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer, NMPF:

“Now that the House has passed its nutrition policy portion of the farm bill, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urges House leaders to quickly appoint conferees who should, with their counterparts in the Senate, finish work on a new farm bill and get it passed into law. It’s harvest time outside of Washington; it needs to be on Capitol Hill as well.

For the nation’s dairy farmers, it is critical for agriculture leaders in the House and Senate to include in the 2013 farm bill the provisions of the Dairy Security Act, which has already been approved this year by both the House and Senate Agriculture committees.

The Dairy Security Act will provide dairy farmers with a cost-effective safety net, while protecting consumers and taxpayers at the same time. Dairy producers have been waiting two years to know the details of the federal dairy safety net. They need this information to make business decisions. Along with the rest of American agriculture, milk producers nationwide urge lawmakers to take this critical last step in the evolution of a better farm program.”

The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s 30 cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of more than 32,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. For more on NMPF’s activities, visit www.nmpf.org.

 

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09-19-13 *CWC News* Five Years Later, Still Waiting on Jobs…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 19, 2013

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Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2013) – Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement today as we mark the fifth anniversary of the original permit application to begin construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“It’s not often that the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate agree on anything these days,” said Pearce. “However, both the House and Senate have passed legislation in support of the Keystone pipeline multiple times over the past few years. In addition to Congressional review, the Administration has conducted numerous environmental impact studies, all with the same conclusion: building and operating the pipeline would result in ‘limited adverse environmental impacts.’ The studies have been done and the risks have been deemed minimal. But for some reason, President Obama is still standing in the way. The President must realize that the Keystone XL Pipeline is more than just a pipeline, it is a lifeline for the American economy. It’s time to put 20,000 Americans to work. It’s time to build.”

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09-12-13 *USDA-FSA News* USDA Announces Third Exchange Actions to Address the Domestic Sugar Surplus

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is offering to exchange its recently acquired sugar inventory for credits held by refiners holding licenses under the Refined Sugar Re-export Program. This exchange offer will be administered in a similar manner as the exchange portion of the sugar actions announced by news release on June 17, 2013, and July 23, 2013.

USDA is taking this action based upon the success of the earlier actions that removed 345,712 metric tons of import supply in exchange for 106,742 metric tons of CCC inventory. The earlier actions have resulted in U.S. raw sugar prices approaching Congressionally-mandated sugar price support levels. The purchase of credits held by refiners holding licenses under the Refined Sugar Re-export Program is preferable at this time to other available inventory management options because it minimizes the cost of the sugar program. This exchange will reduce the sugar surplus by more than the CCC sugar exchanged, which will reduce the incidence of future CCC sugar loan collateral forfeitures.

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09-03-13 *NACD News* NACD Supports Bills to Increase Transparency in Conservation Litigation…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 3, 2013

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 30, 2013— National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Earl Garber sent the following letter to Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary Bob Goodlatte supporting the Equal Access to Justice Act and the Government Litigation Savings Act:
“On behalf of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) I am writing to support two pieces of legislation to increase transparency in litigation impacting conservation.
“The Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act, H.R. 2919, introduced by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) would reinstate tracking and reporting requirements of payments made under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). By requiring agencies to track payments to attorneys engaged in lawsuits affecting conservation, the legislation would add much-needed accountability to EAJA. It would also provide transparency by increasing public understanding of how taxpayer dollars are being spent on such litigation.
“NACD also supports the Government Litigation Savings Act (GLSA), H.R. 3037, introduced by Rep. Lummis earlier this month. GLSA would limit access to taxpayer funded reimbursements for suing the federal government under EAJA. GLSA would bring us closer to the intent of EAJA, which is to provide small non-profit, business, or individual interests with a means to sue the federal government by taking on a one-time challenge, not for litigious groups to use EAJA to fund repeated procedural lawsuits.
“We strongly believe that on-the-ground efforts and local decision-making—rather than litigation—is the best way to address environmental challenges and achieve positive results for our land, air, water and other natural resources.
“Both bills will bring us closer to the original intent of EAJA while matching the spirit of its intent. We thank you for your consideration.”
Both bills were introduced prior to the August recess, and we look forward to Congress’ return in early September to get back to work on these and other issues of importance to conservation, including the Farm Bill and Appropriations. Read the rest of this entry »

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07-26-13 *NMPF News* USDEC, NMPF Support Vice President’s Call for Renewed Trade Discussions with India…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 26, 2013

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) applauded U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks during a speech yesterday in India calling for expanded trade between India and the United States. The vice president also pointed to the need to negotiate and work through barriers to market access, among other trade priorities.

“For far too long, a wide range of U.S. dairy products have been effectively locked out of the Indian market without sound scientific justification,” said Tom Suber, president of USDEC. “U.S. dairy products are sold in over 100 markets around the world and are well known for their high level of food safety. We look forward to renewed discussions with India on how to remove inappropriate barriers to market access for safe products.”

Jim Mulhern, chief operating officer of NMPF, agreed and adds, “As we focus on tearing down unwarranted trade barriers so that our industry can continue to grow, it is equally important to ensure that we also maintain a strong focus on food safety and product integrity. U.S. dairy products have an excellent track record in this area while India’s own government has found serious problems with a majority of its dairy products.”

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07-01-13 USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation Lending Rates for July 2013…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 1, 2013

USDAlogoRGBWASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for July 2013. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for July 2013 is 0.125 percent, unchanged from 0.125 in June 2013. For 1996 and subsequent crop year commodity and marketing assistance loans, the interest rate for loans disbursed during July 2013 is 1.125 percent, unchanged from 1.125 in June 2013.

Interest rates for Farm Storage Facility Loans approved for July 2013 are as follows, 1.500 percent with seven-year loan terms, up from 1.250 in June 2013; 2.125 percent with 10-year loan terms, up from 1.750 in June 2013 and; 2.375 percent with 12-year loan terms, up from 2.000 percent in June 2013. The interest rate for Sugar Storage Facility Loans for July 2013 is 2.625 percent, up from 2.250 in June 2013.

The maximum discount rate applicable for July 2013 for the Tobacco Transition Payment Program is 5 percent, unchanged from June 2013. This is based on the 3.250 percent prime rate plus 2 percent, rounded to the nearest whole number.

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06-30-13 US Senator Bennet and Colorado Community Leaders Celebrate Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 30, 2013

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Denver, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined members of Colorado’s faith, Latino, business, agriculture, government, and law enforcement communities to celebrate the Senate’s recent passage of a comprehensive bill that fixes our broken immigration system.

Participants at the rally, listed below, praised the work of the bipartisan ‘Group of 8,’ of which Bennet is a member, and called on the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform.

“Seven months ago we came together to launch the Colorado Compact to send a message to Washington that it was time to fix our immigration system. The Senate got the message and the groups here today played an important role helping us shape the bill,” Bennet said. 

“The bill we passed will strengthen our economy, reduce the deficit, and secure our borders. It provides relief for businesses and protects American workers. It will reunite families and provide a path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the shadows. My thanks goes to everyone who made their voice heard. Now, I hope the House of Representatives will take a serious look at the Senate bill and work constructively to pass legislation this summer.”

The Senate passed the sweeping bill Thursday in a broad bipartisan vote of 68-32. The bill makes important reforms to an outdated visa system that protects American workers, provides significantly more tools and resources to secure the border, establishes a sensible system for the future flow of immigration and creates a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

The ‘Group of 8’ worked with a diverse group of stakeholders to craft the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, which was introduced in April. The bill underwent an extensive consideration process in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where members of the Committee debated amendments for over 30 hours. In the end, hundreds of amendments were filed and considered with dozens from both sides of the aisle accepted. The bill advanced out of the committee with a bipartisan 13-5 vote.

The bill now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives. The strong bipartisan vote in the Senate is expected to put pressure on that body to act on the legislation.

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06-27-13 *NMPF News* New USDA Regulations on School Snack Foods Good News for Dairy Sector…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 27, 2013

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ARLINGTON, VA – New U.S. Department of Agriculture rules affecting foods sold in schools will ensure that nutrient–rich dairy products will continue to be offered to the nation’s students in a variety of forms and settings, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.

The USDA Thursday released its “Smart Snacks in Schools” nutrition standards, affecting the calorie, fat, sodium and sugar content of foods that are offered apart from the school lunch line.  These “competitive” foods may be offered in vending machines or other a la carte settings.  The snack regulations are similar to overall nutritional rules applied last year to school lunches and breakfasts by the adoption of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

“The nutrients in dairy foods are an important answer to the question of how we can improve the diets and health of young people.  The rules released today will ensure that milk, cheese and yogurt are offered beyond the school lunch line in places where they can contribute to healthy eating,” said Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer of NMPF.

Under the new regulations, competitive foods must meet all the rule’s nutrient standards and either have as the first ingredient one of the major food groups, including dairy; or, until June 30, 2016, contain 10 percent of the Daily Value of a nutrient of public health concern (e.g. calcium, potassium, vitamin D or dietary fiber).  Dairy foods are a key source of three of these nutrients of concern: calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

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06-27-13 *NMPF News* Senate Passes Historic Immigration Reform Bill Containing Dairy Worker Provisions…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 27, 2013

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Plan is Better for Farmers and Workers, According to NMPF

ARLINGTON, VA – The Senate Thursday approved a comprehensive immigration reform measure that will help dairy farmers with their current and future workforce needs, and provide the entire agriculture sector with much-needed economic certainty, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.

“We’ve known for years that the status quo employment situation in dairy farming is not sustainable.  Today, the Senate moved decisively past that admission, and voted to change our labor and immigration laws for the better,” said Jerry Kozak, President and Chief Executive Officer of NMPF.  “Rather than tinker with what wasn’t working, this new immigration measure builds something new and much better.”

The immigration reform measure, approved today by a vote of 68-32 strengthens the border security apparatus to discourage the flow of illegal immigrants to the U.S.  From the standpoint of farm employers, it creates an entirely new visa category for their workers, both current employees, and prospective new employers.  This new visa system will be administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it easier for farmers and ranchers to access and use.  It will also assure a future flow of new workers, so that as the economy evolves and jobs shift between sectors, farmers will have the means to recruit and hire new dairy workers.

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06-19-13 NMPF Says Trans-Pacific Partnership Must Open Canadian Dairy Market to U.S. Exports…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 19, 2013

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) Board of Directors last week approved a resolution in opposition to any Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that does not provide for significantly increased access to the Canadian dairy market. As part of that resolution, NMPF’s Board also urged the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to negotiate an agreement with Canada that eliminates barriers to trade and provides for mutually open dairy markets.

“From the outset, NMPF has applauded the inclusion of Canada in the TPP dialogue, given the significant export opportunities that Canada offers to our industry,” said Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer of NMPF. “As the U.S. prepares to intensify market access discussions with TPP partners in its effort to bring the talks to a close, NMPF believes it is important to underscore the necessity of opening the Canadian dairy market as part of this agreement.”

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06-18-13 *NMPF News* NMPF Statement Opposing Goodlatte-Scott Farm Bill Amendment…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 18, 2013

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From Jerry Kozak, President and CEO, NMPF:

“The nation’s dairy farmers strongly oppose efforts in the House to gut the farm bill’s dairy title through an amendment offered by Reps. Goodlatte and Scott. We urge members of the House to reject this amendment, which would undo four years of hard work to develop a new, cost-effective safety net for America’s dairy farmers.

“We understand that the House leadership is pressuring members to vote in favor of the Goodlatte-Scott amendment. But if the debate on the farm bill’s dairy title is about what the best policy is for taxpayers and consumers, as well as farmers, then we have the best case to make to Congress.

“The Dairy Security Act, already approved twice by the House Agriculture Committee, and contained in the Senate-passed farm bill, creates a voluntary margin insurance program. The costs for this are shared by farmers and mitigated by the program’s market stabilization element. By eliminating the market stabilization component, the Goodlatte-Scott approach removes the cost control mechanism from this measure, greatly increasing government and taxpayer costs.

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