US Dairy Industry To Receive Financial Support

US - Funding to help the struggling dairy industry has been approved in the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
calendar icon 8 October 2009
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The House of Representatives have approved the fiscal year (FY) 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Included in the bill is $350 million for struggling dairy producers. The provision, authored by Senator Bernie Sanders, was a top National Farmers Union (NFU) priority.

Under the House-Senate conference agreement, $290 million would be provided in direct support to dairy farmers. Another $60 million would be used to purchase cheese and other dairy products for food banks and nutrition programmes.

“This is a welcome lifeline to our nation’s dairy producers who, regardless of size or location, are facing unprecedented economic challenges. I thank the House for their support and urge the Senate to quickly follow suit. America’s dairymen and women cannot wait for this necessary relief,” NFU President Roger Johnson said.

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