New Bill Expected to Provide Aid to Dairy Sector

US - House and Senate negotiators are expected to agree to a new agriculture appropriations measure that contains emergency aid to US dairy farmers.
calendar icon 5 October 2009
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Citing Farm Progress, AgriMarketing reports that the agreement would give US dairy producers $290 million in direct payments, and USDA would spend another $60 million to buy cheese and other dairy products to reduce surpluses that have helped drive down farmers' incomes.

The dairy agreement was among the last items settled as appropriators worked to produce a final version resolving differences between the two bills. Both bills provide money for agriculture programmes, domestic and international food aid, and the Food and Drug Administration during fiscal 2010.

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