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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a Pacific Rim pact that must open key markets to more U.S. dairy products.

In a letter to Congress, NMPF and USDEC said renewing TPA, which expired in 2007, will increase congressional influence over trade negotiations and lead to agreements that are better for both the country and the dairy industry.

Statement from Jim Mulhern, President & CEO, NMPF; and Connie Tipton, President & CEO, IDFA

“We appreciate the commitment of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to help Americans build healthy eating patterns.

“The essential role of dairy foods, as part of dietary patterns that foster good health outcomes, is supported by the totality of the science — low-fat and fat-free milk and dairy products are a core component of the healthy dietary patterns identified by the Committee.

CEO’S CORNER


Jim Mulhern
NMPF President
& CEO

 

Mark Twain observed that history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. We can hear those rhymes while listening to the familiar patterns of the dairy market, particularly as the 21st century unfolds. The question we have to answer, as history echoes around us, is what can and should we be doing differently in this New Year to help make the rhymes of our economy be as harmonious as possible?

Introducing the New Margin Protection Program

On August 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced details for a long-awaited and much-improved safety net for dairy farmers. Developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and five years in the making, the new Dairy Margin Protection Program, or MPP, is the most significant rewrite of dairy policy in more than a generation. Sign-up concluded on December 19, 2014.

 

Use our website www.futurefordairy.com to find up-to-date information on how the program will work and how it can help limit the volatility in farmers’ margins.

 

A regular, detailed update on the margins between milk prices and feed costs can be downloaded from the Margin Protection Program webpage.

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