Nothing to do with dairy legislation gets past Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota. Peterson runs the House Ag committee and has been a long time hunting buddy of Gary Hanman, former(?) CEO of DFA.
Beginning at the second paragraph:
Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., said he believes the past year's deep decline in milk prices will result in momentum for fundamental changes in dairy policy when Congress considers the five-year farm bill in 2012, as long as farm groups can find common ground and opposition from milk processors can be kept to a minimum.
Mr. Peterson outlined his expectations in an interview at his Capitol Hill office in which he also disputed widespread criticism that the dairy industry is plagued by price manipulation and discussed the role Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, may play on the committee, to which he was named two weeks ago.
But, here is the meat and bone of Mr Peterson's mind:
When lawmakers map out a new safety net, it will have to include a supply management system to keep milk production in check, Mr. Peterson said. That could be especially true if lawmakers follow Mr. Peterson's approach and limit any measures that steer more money to smaller farms.
"We can't be about advantaging one size farmer over the other," Mr. Peterson said. "We're not going to save the small family farm. The marketplace is going to take care of that."
What exactly would lead Mr. Peterson to the conclusion the "marketplace" is going to save the family farm? Maybe, that is not exactly what the Representative from Minnesota, where farms tend to be small, said or wanted people to think he said.
Looking at Peterson's record clearly points in the wrong direction.