A group of lawmakers are callling on the Biden administration to reimburse dairy producers for losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and market-related losses.
In a letter to President Joe Biden, the 24 lawmakers say, “We strongly urge you to ensure our producers are reimbursed for as much of the roughly $725 million in foregone Class I skim milk revenue as possible.”
The lawmakers, led by New York Democrat, Representative Antonio Delgado, cite economic forces, market disruptions, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which created Class I mover-related losses.
Representative Delgado states, “Our dairy farmers, especially small and mid-sized producers in the Northeast region, have been seriously impacted by these losses throughout the pandemic.”
Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO, says, “We commend Congressman Antonio Delgado for leading a coalition of his colleagues to ensure dairy producers in New York and across the country are reimbursed for as much of these losses as possible.”