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Dairy farming is the primary agricultural business in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Vermont and New Hampshire. More than 34,000 dairy farms provide milk, cheese and yogurt to Americans and other countries. About 97% of all dairy farms are family owned, and about 75% of these farms have fewer than 100 cows. Large farming concerns with more than 100 cows produce 85% of our milk. Most of these small and medium-sized family dairy operations have been experiencing great economic hardship for many years. 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. The Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of alternative milk – milk made from soy, rice, nuts, and oats has further cut into our dairy farmer’s income. These conditions leave them slim profit margins and it is estimated they receive only about 15 cents of every retail dollar spent on milk. Some say the supply of milk has outpaced its demand. Fortunately, the latest Farm Bill includes an improved Margin Coverage Program which makes payments to dairy farmers when the national income-over-feed-cost margin falls below a set level, providing more certainty and support during this downturn.

Proposed Legislation: To require the USDA to purchase dairy products for donation to food banks
Prospective Sponsor: Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current dairy farm policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • 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 wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) and/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 wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Ron Kind (WI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.2064 - Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act (115th Congress 2017-2018), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider introducing legislation to provide nutrition assistance to low-income families by requiring the USDA to purchase dairy products for donation to food banks and other feeding programs.

If elected as a trustee, the Rodale Institute will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for reducing the use of biosolid fertilizers and to promote organic farming methods.

The mission of the Rodale institute is to assist farmers in successfully transitioning to organic, conduct research on organic farming methods and their impact, and educate consumers on the benefits of organic for people and planet. Widely recognized as the birthplace of the organic movement. Since 1947, Rodale Institute has pioneered a better, natural, and more responsible way of farming by conducting research into the cultivation of healthy, living soils. Rodale Institute is home to the longest-running side-by-side comparison of organic vs. conventional farming practices (started in 1981), and our research focus areas include developing organic solutions to pests, disease and weeds, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and growing nutrient dense foods.

If elected as a trustee, National Milk Producers Federation will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to promote adequate market prices for milk producers, and promoting sales to food banks and other feeding programs.

Our mission is to foster an economic and political climate in which dairy producers and the cooperatives they own can thrive and prosper. Achieving such success assures consumers of adequate supplies of wholesome and nutritious dairy products at affordable prices. NMPF addresses policies concerning milk pricing, domestic and international market development, agriculture credit and taxation, environmental issues, food safety and health, animal welfare, product standards and labeling, and research and biotechnology. NMPF advocates policies to Congress, U.S. and foreign government agencies, industry organizations, the news media, and the public.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
July 4, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
July 11, 2022