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Lycoming County Grange salutes local dairy farmers

Members of the Lycoming County Grange salute all of our local dairy farmers and pledge to support Pro-Ag in their efforts to return whole milk to our schools.

After listening to Pro-Ag Manager Arden Tewksbury predicting prices paid to dairy farmers on January’s milk could drop to $15.50 per cwt. (hundred pounds), directors and members of Pro-Ag passed the following resolutions during their conference call:

• Be it resolved that Pro-Ag supports the introduction and passage of the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act. This bill would price milk on the national average cost of production as determined by the Economic Research Service, a division of the USDA. This bill would also develop a supply management program to be used only when needed.

• Be it resolved that the US Congress should implement a floor price under all milk used to manufacture dairy products at $20 per cwt. This should be done very soon if there is no movement on passing the Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act.

• Be it resolved that a large portion of the funds collected from dairy farmers must be used to advertise and promote fluid milk, both flavored and unflavored.

• Be it resolved that the Progressive Agriculture Organization goes on record opposing the continued widespread use of technological dairy processing innovations that are negatively impacting farmers and consumers. These technologies include but are not limited to milk-derivatives such as any and all ultra-filtered milk and milk-protein concentrate (MPC) ingredients replacing real, fresh farm milk in commercial milk and dairy products and the processing technologies developed to create extended shelf-life (ESL) milk. Industrial dairy product technologies have been developed to displace traditional farm milk in processing, creating inferior consumer products along with the impression that it is “overproduction” of milk by farmers causing milk prices to collapse.

• Imitation dairy products: Be it resolved that imitation dairy products, both fluid and manufactured, must be isolated from the normal dairy cases. Mixing these imitation dairy products with real dairy products is confusing to consumers. Unfortunately, funds collected from dairy farmers for marketing purposes are helping benefit the sale of imitation dairy products.

Denny Boyanowski, President of Pro-Ag, said he was pleased that these resolutions were all passed unanimously by the group, and he said, “We have complete confidence that the staff of Pro-Ag to develop and work to have them implemented by the US Congress. The number of participants on this call was one of the largest we have had, and they were from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Vermont, Iowa and California.”

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