Cooperative Criticises Tax Relief Act

US - Dairy Farmers of America have expressed disappointment at the Tax Relief Act saying that the government has 'turned its back' on dairy farmers.
calendar icon 7 January 2013
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John Wilson, Senior Vice President of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), has acknowledged that, while the Act has averted a 'dairy cliff' that would have been detrimental to the industry, the government have stalled the Dairy Security Act again.

“In a vote earlier last year, the Senate gave a nod to the dairy policy reform outlined in the Dairy Security Act. The House Agriculture Committee did the same. But with the clock ticking and pressure on, Congress was never even given the opportunity to vote the Dairy Security Act into law," stated Joh Wilson of Dairy Farmers of America.

“In a business climate that is so uncertain, inaction on real reform as part of a greater Farm Bill makes it more difficult for farmers to plan, operate and make business decisions in a competitive marketplace. Our nation’s dairy producers deserve better."

Mr Wilson added that dairy programmes do not offer producers with the necessary security required in volatile market situations but the Dairy Security Act, developed by farmers, is the best alternative.

The DFA has expressed intentions of continued work with agricultural leaders in the capital to bring the Dairy Security Act to fruition.

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