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National Milk Producers Federation Reveals Success and Gains

National Milk Producers Federation Reveals Success and Gains


ARLINGTON, VA
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The U.S. dairy industry is part of the backbone of our country's food supply and a market leader on the global stage. This next fiscal year, the House of Representatives is putting its money where its mouth is with a House-approved appropriations bill funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration for the next fiscal year. It will include fundamental advances for dairy, which the National Milk Producers Federation applauds. Three cheers, please!

Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Milk Producers Federation“Today’s House appropriations bill represents key gains for dairy and all of agriculture,” said Jim Mulhern, President, and CEO of NMPF. “We especially thank the lawmakers who took extra steps to assist producers, and we look forward to working with senators as the legislation advances through Congress.”

The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, includes provisions that were top priorities for NMPF as the group looks to assist dairy producers nationwide, according to a press release.

A House-approved appropriations bill funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration for the next fiscal year will include fundamental advances for dairy, which the National Milk Producers Federation applauds

Within the bill, dairy’s gains include and communicate these main points and issues:

Urges the FDA in multiple ways to enforce dairy product standards of identity. Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), with bipartisan support from 18 of his colleagues, added an amendment on the House floor, directing FDA to allocate $5 million to enforce federal rules that reserve dairy-product terms for real dairy products. The committee report also directs the FDA to finally start enforcing dairy product standards of identity pursuant to a review process it began two years ago following pressure from NMPF and Congress.

  • Allocates $10 million for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, a USDA program aimed at connecting those working in agriculture to stress assistance and support programs
  • Provides $990 million, a 78 percent boost from the current fiscal year, for ReConnect, the USDA Rural Development program working to provide broadband service to eligible rural areas
  • Sets aside $6 million for the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives program, which provides direct technical assistance and grants to dairy businesses to further the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products. While the House Appropriations Committee initially provided $1 million for the program, Congressmen Peter Welch and Bryan Steil (R-WI) secured an additional $5 million with an amendment passed by the entire House of Representatives
  • Allocates $1 million to the Healthy Fluid Milk Incentives Projects, a program created in the 2018 Farm Bill to create pilot programs to boost milk consumption among SNAP households

As of now, the Senate has yet to begin work on its own appropriations measures.Stay tuned to Deli Market News as we advocate for the dairy industry and beyond!

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