House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson along with more than 70 Democratic and Republican colleagues wrote a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.
They’re asking the secretary to make implementing the dairy provisions in the new farm bill a high priority.
The lawmakers are concerned about the continuing loss of dairy farms, as well as just how deficient previous dairy programs were in slowing those farm losses.
Peterson notes that the 2018 Farm Bill can provide much-needed assistance to the nation’s struggling dairy farmers.
The letter states, “Provisions of the new farm bill, especially the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program, will provide vital help if they can get it to dairy farmers quickly enough.”
Peterson says, “I hope USDA will over communicate on what the new programs can do for farmers because Congress worked hard to include higher and more affordable coverage options.”