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  • LOCAL FARMS
  • DAIRY FARMS
Winning Issue » DAIRY FARMS


Dairy farming is the primary agricultural business in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Vermont and New Hampshire, among others. More than 51,000 dairy farms provide milk, cheese and yogurt to our people as well as those in other countries. About 97% of all dairy farms are family owned, and about 75% of these farms have fewer than 100 cows. Even so, large farming concerns with more than 100 cows produce 85% of our milk. Despite a sharp increase in the demand for yogurt, some of these small and medium-sized family dairy operations are experiencing economic hardship. The reasons for this are the increasing costs of producing milk, including feed and transportation, and the low price paid to farmers for the raw milk they send to market. Some say the supply of milk has outpaced its demand. These conditions leave slim margins for dairy farmers and it is estimated they receive only about 30 cents of every retail dollar spent on milk. Dairy farmers are mostly happy with the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the farm bill, which addressed many of their concerns. This bill retains the basics of the former Dairy Price Support Program, which takes into account the selling price of milk and the cost of feeding livestock, as the measure by which support for dairy farms is calculated. The bill also allows dairy farmers to purchase margin protection insurance depending on how much protection they need and the amount of milk they produce, with lower premiums for smaller producers.


Pending Legislation: None



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current dairy farm policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to provide nutrition assistance to low-income families by requiring USDA to purchase dairy products for donation to food banks and other feeding programs, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support sponsoring a bill to provide nutrition assistance to low-income families by requiring USDA to purchase dairy products for donation to food banks and other feeding programs, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
April 2, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
April 15, 2020
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April 9, 2020


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