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September 12, 2011
of all, thank you for your time and effort working to improve
national dairy policy. The attached document outlines four
proposed amendments to the discussion draft you and Mr. Simpson
are working to move forward.
recommendations for amendment represent the unanimous support of
the Board of Directors of the National Dairy Producers
Organization Inc. In keeping with our commitment to help dairy
producers achieve and maintain profitability, we recognize the
need for policy reform which gives more consideration, than
presently written, to producer needs; additionally, we recognize
your need of gaining increased support from the rank and file
producers throughout the country.
feel the four proposed amendments to your discussion draft would
vastly improve the opportunity for producers to realize
profitability, growth and sustainability. In turn, you would
gain much needed support for your bill proposal from the
producer community and its infrastructure, including the
unanimous support of our board.
it is of great importance to recognize and maintain a viable
dairy industry in this country, as producers we must first focus
on the input cost of commodities which fuel production.
Sustaining a dairy operation below that level of cost in order
to participate in export markets, or any market for that matter,
raises the issue of redistributing risk and responsibility over
the entire industry; presently the burden of expense and
associated liability is confined largely to the producer sector.
Political expectations of consensus in the dairy industry must
recognize the inherent conflict of interest which exists between
industry partners. The producerís potential for profit is
targeted as an expense by IDFA and their members; an oversupply
of milk allows the processor to control their input costs,
control is profit. In its proper context, expectations of
consensus on the issue of dairymen having any form of control
over their production, when markets recede, sends a red flag to
IDFA; this scenario represents a strangle hold over producers
which confines us to survival of the fittest.
producer sector of the dairy industry is repeatedly in crisis,
in order to maintain a viable dairy industry here in the United
States that has to be corrected. We appreciate your leadership
and stand willing to assist you in this important work. We ask
for your consideration of the suggested amendments to your bill
offer my thanks on behalf of our board.
Bill Rowell, Chairman