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Posted by Melissa Bravo on August 17, 2018 at 10:49 am
I like the component of this proposal. I reordered your suggestions in my comment as to my way of thinking, without a step by step requirement, this would not stop overproduction equally and smaller producers would still be forced out and buying surplus without curbing production only puts money in the market's pocket after it has left the bulk tank. Surplus is not a national problem at this point. Global surplus and import agreements means the government would be buying up other countries product already here - not focusing on bulk tank surplus produced here.
Step 1. Placing an immediate moratorium on Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding and direct and guaranteed loans for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs);
[And at the same time,]
Step 2. Implementing a supply management program as outlined in the proposed Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2011 to stabilize milk production.
Step 3. Holding hearings on the milk pricing formula and the dairy crisis;
[Once step 1 and step 2 have reduced new production below xxxx million lbs, ]
Step 4. Establishing a milk product purchasing initiative by utilizing U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority under 7 USCS Section 612c, commonly referred to as Section 32 surplus removal;
Step 5. Setting an immediate floor price of $20/cwt for milk used to manufacture dairy products;
[Any producer who voluntarily does these steps within 30 days of this incentive is eligible for retroactive payment of the floor price differential for x months of production in 2018; 2017 and 2016. ]
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