Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the processor's lobby has some new dairy policy thoughts at: http://www.keepdairystrong.com/files/IDFA%20Dairy%20Policy%20Recommendations%20April%202011.pdfhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
On page 5 we find:
IDFA proposes that all end product price formula based minimum prices under
the FMMO system be eliminated. All dairy plants will pay whatever competitive
price is necessary to secure a supply of farm milk; there is no minimum Federal
order price that any plant must pay to independent dairy farmers or cooperatives.
In the sentence preceding the above, IDFA complains about the current system, "This program
keeps milk from moving to its highest-value use"
Dennis Wolff, who works for both IDFA and DPAC has been touting a bill from the 110th congress S1721, sponsored by former Pennsylvania senator Specter and Pennsylvania senator Casey.
To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to promote growth and opportunity for the dairy industry in the United States, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS)
SEC. 6. FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDERS.
(a) 2-Class System for Classifying Milk-
Of course S1722 the so-called "Specter-Casey" bill of the 110th congress which became S1645 in the next congress and called for for a two price system.
And then we have, Dairy Policy Action Coalition (DPAC) which has "Cornerstones For Change"
SOLUTIONS: Simplify the milk pricing system.
• 1) Simplify 4 milk classes to 2.
• 2) Establish competitive pay pricing and move away from end-product-pricing formulas that
“pigeon-hole” the milk.
• 3) Adopt a federal pricing system that encourages movement of milk to its highest value use.
• 4) Adopt federal dairy policies that encourage competition, product innovation, and market
The words of IDFA and DPAC are virtually identical.
Well at least we know who the man (Wolff) is behind two curtains._