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U.S. dairy farmers, what do we do next?

Over 10 years ago two U.S. senators from the large dairy state of pennsylvania, Arlen Specter and Bob Casey, promoted “The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act,” also known as the “Specter/Casey Bill.” S.1640. This bill was written by Arden Tewksbury, manager of ProAG, and Gerald Carlin, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer.

The Specter/Casey Bill would price all milk based on the “national average cost of production” to be adjusted four times annually by the secretary of agriculture. This bill would give dairy farmers a fair price for their milk that they could count on and that would take the present roller coaster out of milk pricing without a cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Specter/Casey also has a “Fair” Supply Management Component, that would eliminate the overproduction of U.S. milk, help struggling dairy farmers get a cost of production, keep their farms and families whole — all of which is so important to the future of our country.

FRANK BACHLER

Meredith, N.Y.

Submitted via email

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