Skip to comments.Dairy farmers say safety net on milk prices is not helping
Posted on 06/19/2016 1:19:16 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Northeast dairy farmers who have been strapped for months by low milk prices say a voluntary insurance program that was supposed to be a safety net isnt helping.
The margin protection program provides financial assistance to enrolled farmers when the gap between the price of milk and national average feed costs falls below the coverage levels picked by individual farmers. [ ]
Farmers say the margin protection program is not based on Northeast farmers feed costs but on the national average feed cost, which is less. The chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation testified in Washington last month that the program needs improvements.
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None of these programs are designed for the farmer.
The are all part of the “Cheap Food for Voters” program sold under various names, but generally all lumped together as “The Farm Bill”.
I’ve never milked a cow but it occurs that it’s better than a lot of other sit-down jobs. I’d give it a shot for $10/hr under the table or under the udder, whichever makes more sense.
You don’t actually think these dairy farms milk the cows by hand?
The socialism coming from the NE never stops...
What have happen to puritan values...
No. I realized how dumb my comment was after I posted and figured out how many gallons of milk I’d have to squeeze to justify $10/hr.
LOL....they are called ‘electric milkers’ we used them on our farm starting in the 50s...
we rarely drink or cook with milk. As adults we find we do not need it. We get our calcium other ways. Even as a kid I never liked milk.
Oooo, I do like milk.
Milk and cookies, nothing better in the afternoon, smack in the middle between lunch and dinner.
I also love oyster stew, made with milk. Good Lenten lunch on Fridays. Milk with hot or cold cereal. Nummers.
SMALL glass of chocolate milk just before bed time...keeps me asleep all night, with a smile.
Why buy milk if you can date a corn-fed Michigan girl? I once dated two sisters whose parents owned a dairy farm .
I dated two corn-fed Michigan sisters twice. Made butter with 3 of the 4 and married two of them. Not at the same time of course. True story.
Just say NO to guest workers.
Picker laborers should be allowed to have their own farms. If a large corporate farm cannot pick their own crop, without relying upon foreigners, guess what, they are TOO BIG.
Let the pickers own the farm. Let Big Farmer die. It is called creative destruction.
And if the milkers are losing money, adapt and change.
I have discovered whole, grass-fed, no antibiotic milk, that comes in a bottle with cream on the top. It is absolutely fabulous. Also am using almond milk or coconut in my morning concoction . . .regular, coconut or almond milk, coffee, cacao, raw honey, cinnamon, coconut oil. . .heat it up a little and put in the blender. OOps also grass-fed butter. The ingredients DO NOT separate even after refrigeration. However the coconut oil does make it harden in the frig. The raw honey should not be heated.
The Puritans were socialists...which is why they almost died.
There is no Constitutional authority for this program.
End it now.
We get our milk from an organic dairy farm-nothing better than raw milk. I’m practically addicted to it, can’t imagine going without. We get it right out of the bulk tank, a huge blessing for our family.
I’ve met two organic dairy farmers, neither need to hire immigrants to milk their cows. Not do they receive a penny in government subsidies as organic is priced at market value. Come to think of it, I imagine that the huge price difference between organic and conventional dairy has less to do with the differing costs of production than with the fact that the government is partially paying for the conventional products.
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