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Vilsack says he doesn’t intend to open FMMO until the dairy industry reaches an agreement

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Vilsack says he doesn’t intend to open FMMO until the dairy industry reaches an agreement

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack told a group of farmers, processors, researchers and the media that the industry needs to reach an agreement before helping to resume federal milk sales orders.

Secretary Tom Billsack and his aide on a farm tour in Wisconsin

During a farm discussion on Thursday at Hinchley Dairy Farm Tours near Cambridge, Wisconsin, Vilsack carried out this process before asking USDA to consider changing milk sales orders. He said he needed to reach an agreement. “Rather than trying to dictate what the solution should be in USDA, perhaps making a mistake, Wisconsin thinks it’s great, but Vermont thinks it’s scary, you’re basic. Work on this and make a plan. “

Brownfield asked Billsack, along with regional differences, whether the opposition to growth management held by Farmers Union and Farm Bureau should be combined before USDA considers marketing order hearings. .. “Unless there is something special to hold a hearing, resuming the hearing is of no use. Again, I sit in the back room and try to understand this. You can. It’s a waste of time. It’s a waste of time because it doesn’t work. I don’t. And our smart people working at USDA are not all of us really here. , They don’t understand it correctly either. These people do. ” (Points to the farmers in the audience)

Billsack says that if either the National Farmers Union or the Agricultural Department try to push them into an uncomfortable box, it won’t work and it’s difficult, so consensus is needed. “The only way this works is for the industry to do a difficult job. It’s a difficult task to listen to each other and come to USDA to see if there is a sweet spot between the universes represented here. Say this is what we want to do and this is what the government is obliged to do. “

Secretaries say some suggest that the United States recreates what’s happening in Canada with their supply controls, and their farmers say they’re doing better, but the problem is with consumers. You will pay quite a lot for dairy products. He says consumers may buy fewer dairy products due to low-cost competition with other products.

Vilsack says that in a perfect world, the market needs a fully functional system that doesn’t require government involvement, but governments provide incentives and resources no matter what system the industry comes up with. I expect it to be necessary. To make it work.

The law was introduced in the US Senate If passed, USDA will be forced to hold a hearing for the Federal Milk Marketing Order.



Vilsack says he doesn’t intend to open FMMO until the dairy industry reaches an agreement

https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/vilsack-says-hes-not-for-opening-fmmos-until-dairy-industry-reaches-consensus/ Vilsack says he doesn’t intend to open FMMO until the dairy industry reaches an agreement

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