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Support For Dairy Policy Reform Signals Progress

17 August 2011

US - Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) Board and management commend Democratic representatives, Collin Peterson and Mike Simpson, for their bipartisan leadership in the effort to reform dairy policy.

Mr Simpson, a senior member of the House Budget and Appropriations committee, joined Mr Peterson, ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, in supporting America’s dairy producers through a re-write of federal dairy policy.

Mr Peterson took a vital first step earlier this summer in developing draft legislation that begins the discussion on dairy reform. Mr Simpson’s follow-up pledge this week to be the lead Republican sponsor for the bill underscores the bipartisan support for this critical legislation.

DFA is looking forward to the bill’s introduction when Congress reconvenes in September and are working with Mr Peterson and Mr Simpson to secure additional support for this measure.

"Dairy plays a vital role in this nation’s agriculture industry and in the fight against hunger and malnutrition," states DFA.

"Working toward federal dairy policy reform is essential to ensure producers have the tools they need to remain competitive in the world market and facilitate the industry’s growth and long-term sustainability."

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