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Farm Bureau calls for comprehensive milk pricing reform

American Farm Bureau Federation Zippy Duvall penned an open letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calling for comprehensive milk pricing reform. The move comes in response to recent petitions from the International Dairy Foods Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association to increase allowances.

While AFBF supports changing parts of the Federal Milk Marketing Order system, Duvall believes the IDFA and WCMA proposals would create additional burdens on dairy farmers. He cites USDA production estimates that show a hundredweight of milk costs dairy farmers $27.50 to produce but only yields a return of $21.23. Loss estimates are even higher for farmers with less than 50 cows.

Joshua Baethge

Apr 05, 2023


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