Washington, D.C.—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today expressed its strong opposition to a proposed amendment to the farm bill currently on the House floor that would change key components of the dairy reform package contained in the bill.
The amendment, offered by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and David Scott (D-Ga.), would effectively gut the market stabilization program from other parts of the dairy program contained in H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act.
“These dairy reforms are the result of years of hard work and consensus-building by dairy farmers, their co-ops and the National Milk Producers Federation; the program, which is entirely voluntary, has been carefully crafted and balanced to meet the needs of producers and consumers,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “A similar amendment offered by Representatives Goodlatte and Scott failed during the bill’s markup in the House Agriculture Committee and we urge a “no” vote on the amendment on the floor.”