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home : news : print edition (click here) May 24, 2016

6/27/2011 11:08:00 AM
Who's future are they talking about?
Dairy Letters

Thank you for printing the column titled "Next steps in the journey" by Jerry Kozak, (June 11, 2011) edition. I am writing to let producers know that NMPF is not the only organization working on dairy policy reform, nor does its "FFTF program" show the best way of changing things.
FFTF appears to have nothing in place that drives dairy pricing policy out of the hands of our over burdened government, nor a plan that gives small and large producers alike an even playing field for selling raw milk.
We need something available that allows the raw milk producers to reform its own industry. Get the government (and large corporate dairy processors) further away from control, and put control back into the hands of the dairymen.
I urge producers to attend the Foundation for the Future Grass Roots Tour meetings scheduled July 12 through August 22, 2011, as listed on the website included in the column on page 28, second section (www.futurefordairy.com). The Minnesota region meeting is scheduled for July 20 in Alexandria. Collin Petersen is pushing this program, but I believe it is not the answer for the dairy producers.
Before attending consider reading about and researching these other organizations which are working on Dairy pricing reform:
• National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc, www.nationaldairyproducers.org
• Dairy Policy Action Coalition, www.dpac.net
• Holstein Association USA, www.holsteinusa.com/association/dpsp.html
• Dairy Pricing Association, Inc, www.dairypricing.org
• Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009 (formerly S1645) attempting to be re-introduced in 2011, http://myagribusiness.com/blog/?p+145
• To see what our government says (Dairy Industry Advisory Committee) go to: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=about&subject=landing&topic=dia
This is only a partial list of upstanding organizations who have producer profitability in mind. Check them out. Your knowledge is needed to make the National Milk Producers Federation understand we may not want foundation for the future. Who's future are they talking about, anyway?

Ginny Koopmeiners
Burtrum, Minn.





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