Wisconsin reps oppose part of dairy support plan
At R&G Miller and Sons organic dairy farm, visitors had the chance to see the new calf barn in action during a field day last week. The calves are grouped and fed via gang feeders. Image by Jan Shepel - Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Five of the eight members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are expressing their opposition to a plan that could limit milk production in the state.
The Dairy Security Act is aimed at protecting farmers from the kind of crisis they suffered in 2009, when milk prices plunged, feed costs skyrocketed and hundreds were forced out of business. It would pay farmers when the difference between milk and feed prices shrinks to a certain point.
But, farmers who sign up for the program could be asked to cut their milk production to help bring supply and demand back in line when milk prices fall too low.
The Wisconsin representatives said in a Tuesday letter to House Agriculture Committee leaders that a production cap would penalize farmers here for overproduction in other states.