USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is putting together a group of industry representatives to review and recommend policies and procedures for volatile milk prices and profitability.
Those interested in the committee must be nominated and will be placed in the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee.
â€œThe Obama administration is committed to working with all sectors of the dairy industry to develop changes to the dairy pricing system to avoid the boom and bust cycle behind the crisis facing many dairy farmers this year,â€ Vilsack said. â€œThe input provided by the members of this committee will play an important role in building a more stable market for dairy producers in years to comeâ€
The committee will have 15 representatives from different backgrounds including producers, processors, handlers, academia, consumers, retailers and state agencies. Vilsack would like both organic and non-organic producers involved.
The committee members will elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson who will each serve a two-year term. Brandon Willis, deputy administrator of the Farm Service Agency’s Farm Programs, will serve as the committee’s executive secretary.
Nominations are due by September 29 to:
c/o Judith Lindsay, secretary to Brandon Willis, deputy administrator
Farm Service Agency
USDA Room 3612-S, Stop 0501
Washington, D.C. 20250-0501
Fax: (202) 720-4726
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