Ag Committee Keeps Controversial Dairy Supports

The House Agriculture Committee’s recently proposed farm bill would preserve controversial dairy farm support policies that were heavily opposed by Speaker of the House John Boehner last year.
The dairy industry, more than most other parts of the farm sector, has had a rocky few years. With dairy prices fluctuating wildly, many dairy farmers have had a hard time stabilizing production and maintaining constant profits.
In order to address these constant price fluxes, politicians have sought to limit production in order to stabilize prices. One of the major problems facing dairy farmers is that overproduction can easily lead to massive price falls. One of the proposals that has found its way into the farm bill would discourage farmers from producing milk when prices hit a certain low.
This provision was strongly opposed by Speaker Boehner last summer (he called it “Soviet-style farming”) and was one of the reasons he opposed moving the farm bill forward.
With Majority Leader Eric Cantor already promising to take on the farm bill, however, the vital farm legislation seems certain to at least receive a floor vote this summer or fall.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer