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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today thanked a bipartisan group of 22 senators for urging the Obama administration to increase market access for U.S. dairy products into Canada and Japan as part of any final Pacific Rim trade agreement.

In a letter led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman the senators asked that the U.S. secure significant market access benefits across all dairy products, particularly into Japan and Canada, in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.  In addition to underscoring the critical importance of achieving these export gains, the letter also pointed to the need to avoid an imbalanced outcome that grants more access to our competitors than the U.S. gains into Canada and Japan.

The National Milk Producers Federation today thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation establishing a voluntary, national standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.

NMPF said the House bill, known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, protects consumer choice while it creates a uniform, science-based labeling standard for foods made with GM ingredients. The organization pledged to work with the Senate to pass a similar bill to ensure that the final legislation meets the needs of America’s dairy farmers.


Jim Mulhern
NMPF President
The laws of economics, being mostly man-made, are not quite as unassailable as the law of gravity, but the same theory applies to both categories:  what goes up, eventually comes down…sometimes with painful results.  Dairy farmers have experienced this problematic principle so far in 2015, as milk prices have come down by at least one-third from their record highs of last year.  
There is some hope that the worst of the price trough is over, while at the same time, we have important tools to help America’s farmers confront the vicious swings of the economic pendulum:  the government’s Margin Protection Program, and the industry’s own Cooperatives Working Together. 

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