Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement welcoming the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will move forward with implementing the Actual Production History (APH) adjustment for 2015 spring-planted crops. This crop insurance provision in the Agricultural Act of 2014 allows yield adjustments when losses are widespread and beyond the control of producers.
Subcommittee Hosts Forum on Upper Midwest Dairy Industry
WINONA, MN – Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Gil Gutknecht held a public forum Wednesday, May 31, at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota to review the state of the Upper Midwest dairy industry.
“The dairy industry has changed significantly in recent years. It can no longer be looked at from a regional perspective or even a domestic one,” said Chairman Gutknecht. “I was pleased to hear that Upper Midwest dairy producers and processors are mindful of these changes, prepared to face the challenges before them, and are open to the idea of modernized policies that will help them succeed in the global dairy industry.”
Three panels of witnesses offered comments, including Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Lloyd Day, Upper Midwest Milk Marketing Area Administrator Paul Kyburz, Dr. Bob Cropp from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and leaders from the region’s dairy associations, cooperatives, and processing companies.
The Minnesota and Wisconsin dairy industries have a $23 billion economic impact on their states, including nearly 190,000 jobs. Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the top dairy producing and processing states in the nation. Last year, these leading dairy states combined produced 31 billion pounds of milk from 21,000 dairy farms.
Approximately 90 people attended Wednesday’s forum. This is the third meeting Chairman Gutknecht has convened this year to gather feedback from producers regarding programs under the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction in preparation for reauthorizing farm policy legislation in 2007. On Monday, May 22, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review the future of renewable fuels and flex-fuel vehicles in Rochester, Michigan.
Opening statements of the witnesses from both Subcommittee meetings is available on the House Committee on Agriculture website.