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Minnesota Milk's Federal Positions

Below is a summary of Minnesota Milk's federal positions.  For additional information, view our 2012 Resolutions or contact our office today.

Federal Milk Market Order (FMMO)

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports revisions in the Federal Milk Market Order (FMMO) to promote a pricing system that compensates producers fairly and creates a more dynamic industry by moving away from end-product pricing formulas and make allowances.

Minnesota Milk Producers Association also supports the following specific revisions to the FMMO:

  1. Including the state of California in the FMMO
  2. Competitive Pay Pricing System
  3. Improved Price Discovery (i.e. improved storage/inventory reporting)
  4. Two Class pricing
  5. Support Daily Electronic Inventory Reporting if proven benefits outweigh costs

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Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program

Minnesota Milk supports the continuation of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program. The concept of a counter cyclical payment program should be considered. Through 2009, the MILC program has provided over $260,000,000 in payments to Minnesota dairy farmers. These dollars not only helped keep Minnesota dairy farmers in business, it helped numerous other rural businesses.

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Dairy Margin Insurance

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports the concept of a Dairy Margin Insurance Program with USDA supported premiums. Any such margin program must account for beginning farmers and should not be a barrier to entry for beginning farmers. In addition, funding for this or any other safety net program should be administered so as to stabilize the economic performance of small and medium sized dairies, while remaining available to cover financial risks for large scale producers.

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Alternate Dairy Product Price Support Program

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports investigating alternative safety net programs to the Dairy Product Price Support Program.

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Supply Management

Minnesota Milk Producers Association does not support any of the existing supply management programs currently proposed.

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Other Farm Bill Priorities

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports the enactment of appropriate funding to extend programs which have had significant positive impacts on Minnesota dairy producers including EQIP and CSP.

Dairy products should continue to be a primary food source in all USDA food assistance programs.

Future farm policy should eliminate the penalty which farmers experience in moving cropland to alfalfa or other grass-based forages.

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Fluid Milk Standards

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports increasing the national fluid standard for solids non fat (SNF) to be at least equal to the California fluid milk standards.

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Trade Policies

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports a U.S. trade policy and future trade agreements focused on expanded access to profitable markets for exports of U.S.

MMPA specifically opposes the inclusion of dairy in the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Such action would result in superseding existing bilateral agreements, such as the U.S./Australia FTA, and open the U.S. market for increased imports of dairy products without gaining any increased market access for U.S. exports.

The goal of U.S. trade policy and future trade agreements should be to expand access to profitable markets for exports of U.S. dairy and other agricultural products.

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Renewable Energy

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports policies and programs that encourage the development and utilization of all sources of ag-based renewable energy resources, including ethanol, biodiesel, methane digesters and other sources that help free us from dependence on fossil fuels.

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Health Insurance

Minnesota Milk Producers Association urges both State and Federal officials to implement health care purchasing pools to provide broader access to affordable health insurance coverage, including state support for the implementation of a Minnesota Co-op Care Program.

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University of Minnesota Support

Minnesota Milk Producers Association seeks federal support for the establishment and operation of a Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Center for the University of Minnesota and MNSCU system.

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports federal funding for the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine National Center for Dairy Veterinary Education as a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Veterinary Medical Education as authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. MMPA also supports funding for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

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Industry Led Environmental Stewardship Programs

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports an industry led, voluntary environmental quality assurance program which helps to display farmer’s commitment to natural resource stewardship that can be integrated with other state and federal programs to improve regulatory relations, increase producer participation, leverage multiple funding sources and enhance the overall effectiveness of stewardship practices.

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Minnesota Milk Producers Association requests that the state and federal governments provide full funding for the cost of a voluntary testing program with the goal of establishing Minnesota as a Johne's-free state. MMPA also requests that the state of Minnesota continue the Johne’s testing program and explore the development of a Johnes disease vaccination program.

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Environmental Regulations

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports the establishment of a permitting and environmental review process that provides producers, federal, state and local officials with clarity, consistency and timeliness. MMPA supports existing environmental compliance standards – MinnFARM standards for non-CAFOs and current NPDES standards for CAFOs. MMPA supports ordinances and regulations based on sound science and current technology such that all states implement EPA regulations in an equal manner that does not put Minnesota dairy producers at a disadvantage compared to producers in other states.

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Import Quality and Safety

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports federal legislation to increase inspection of imports, enhance tracking, and to ensure that imported products adhere to the same regulations as U.S. products.

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Immigration reform should be handled at the Federal level and not by individual states. And, Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports a comprehensive immigration reform plan which includes a guest worker program.

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Climate Change and Clean Air Act

Minnesota Milk Producers Association urges policy aimed at impacting climate change be resolved on a national and worldwide level.

MMPA calls for the adoption of environmental regulations based on sound science and by means of a transparent process, and that regulations be administered in a practical manner so as to prevent undue hardship for dairy farmers.

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Risk Management

Minnesota Milk Producers Association supports the development and implementation of strong risk management tools to protect the financial viability of dairy operations.

MMPA supports efforts to educate producers regarding the availability and efficacy of utilizing federal risk management programs.

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Animal Care

Minnesota Milk Producers Association urges its members to provide quality housing, nutrition, husbandry and Veterinary care to all animals.

MMPA will work with other entities to ensure the standards are being met and to educate non dairy farmers, including elected officials, about current animal care practices.

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Options for Animal Disposal

Minnesota Milk Producers Association will work with Federal, State and Local government agencies to explore options for disposal of animals.
Additional options for disposal of animals must be uniformly available to producers across the state including continuation of financial support through programs such as EQIP.

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