On May 13, 2009 a group of Congressional Representatives from the Northeast headed by Michael A. Arcuri of New York wrote to Agricultural Secretary Vilsack regarding the devastatingly farm milk price. The letter was signed by a number of representatives, including Vermont’s lone congressional representative, Peter Welch.
On June 5, 2009 Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, wrote to Secretary Vilsack requesting field hearings in Ohio on low farm milk price. Senator Brown wrote, “If nothing is done to address the profitability of our nation’s dairy farms, I am concerned that a staggering number of them will be forced to shut down.”
There is one member of congress who has more clout on dairy than any other – Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Senator Leahy has mostly taken credit for the MILC program. Senator Leahy would do well to read Gospel of Luke, chapter 10, verses 25-37. This is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The question of the lawyer is “And who is my neighbor?”
The dairy farmers of Vermont and the entire country have fallen among thieves and been left half dead.
Aside from any spiritual lesson the parable is about neighbors and neighborliness.