In Letter to President-Elect Trump, Welch Suggests Steps to Stabilize Dairy Industry
WASHINGTON––Today Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump outlining practical steps he can take to steady wildly fluctuating milk prices and restore stability to the dairy industry.
“Dairy farmers are imperiled by wildly fluctuating milk prices that threaten the very existence of many farms. Just in the last two years, producers have experienced a 40 percent drop in milk prices. Many dairy farms are selling milk below the cost of production and are on the brink of selling their herds. This boom and bust cycle has taken a substantial toll on Vermont farmers,” Welch writes.
The letter suggests the following steps for stabilization:
- Implement a supply management tool to help prevent volatility in milk prices;
- Reform the Margin Protection Program, which has failed to provide dairy farmers with sufficient support in the face of steep milk price declines;
- Increase demand for dairy products by opening new markets abroad and encouraging domestic consumption; and
- Ensure a reliable labor supply.