WASHINGTON -- National Farmers Union (NFU) praises the U.S. Senate version of dairy policy after a recent comparison by the Congressional Research Servicearch Service (CRS) of the House and Senate farm bills shows that the Senate’s dairy program costs less than the House version.
“NFU continues to support the Senate’s version of dairy programs in the farm bill,” said NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule. “Dairy policy ought to include risk management tools for dairy farmers to protect themselves against rising production costs and market collapse. The farm bill should also establish a responsible inventory management program that helps reduce costs for taxpayers. The Senate dairy provisions do this and should be included in the farm bill conference report.”
The House farm bill’s dairy title is projected to cost $418 million above the baseline, according to a CRS report released in October, while the Senate dairy program costs $302 million more over the next ten years.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.