To create a successful Farm Bill, you need to start in the right place. You begin by asking, “Where do we need to invest to grow the dairy and agriculture sectors?” rather than asking, “How can we slash the budget?”
With around 15% of American milk solids going overseas, the strength of the U.S. dairy economy depends on exports. The Farm Bill must continue to support market expansion overseas, but also make the Margin Protection Program more effective. Dairy farmers should have more risk management tools. Being a consistent global dairy supplier starts with a profitable domestic farm sector.
– Tom Vilsack, President & CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council, Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary