Farmer Sarah Lloyd argues that it makes no sense for small- to mid-sized producers to compete in low-value export markets. She’d rather see more policies that build higher-value local and regional dairy markets.
The administration and leaders in Congress have expressed their intention to promote fair competition and support rural communities. To seriously address the dairy crisis, they must stop pretending that exporting our way out of the crisis will benefit family-scale farmers, the environment and all those who rely on dairy.
We need a new U.S. dairy policy oriented towards small and mid-size dairy farms rather than corporate agribusiness, and call on our political leadership to support farmer- and worker-centered systemic U.S. dairy policy reform. To support true sustainability from our kitchen table to our planet, we must support economic justice for dairy producers.
Donna was a philosopher with more knowledge of dairy farmers’ problems and their potential solutions than most people would ever think about.
NFFC has called for emergency direct payments scaled to to dairy farm size and supply management to prevent farmers from depending on export markets.
I would strongly urge the Secretary to support reasonable dairy programs that would give all dairy farmers a chance to survive, and not force many more of them out of business.
The National Family Farm Coalition announces the launch of its “Fair Farm Prices Now!” campaign at Farm Aid 2019 on September 21 at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin. The first demand of the campaign is emergency economic relief for dairy farmers to compensate for the unjustifiably low prices they have been paid for their milk for years. Core to NFFC’s mission is ensuring vibrant rural economies through fair prices and living wages for all in the food system.