Dairy farmers are struggling, voice your concerns

Times are tough for our dairy farmers. We know our members are facing steep challenges in the market, including contract cancellations, low prices and falling consumer demand.

“We are aggressively looking for alternatives to help our dairy farmers outside the scope of the farm bill,” said OFBF Senior Director of State and National Policy Jack Irvin. Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III, a Stark County dairy farmer,  talked about the issue with OFBF’s Joe Cornely.

Ohio Farm Bureau supported American Farm Bureau, which conceived and lobbied for a new dairy revenue insurance program, which is awaiting USDA approval.

Policy changes affecting the margin protection program and other dairy risk management programs within USDA were recently signed into law by President Trump through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Other actions that have been led and supported by Farm Bureau include:

  • Fighting to keep the portions of NAFTA in place that have helped dairy exports.
  • Lobbying for responses to Canadian trade practices that hurt Ohio dairies.
  • Supporting research that improves dairy production.
  • Supporting checkoff programs that fund domestic and international dairy consumption.
  • Lobbying and securing CAUV reforms, which is saving members an average of 30-percent.
  • Lobbying for federal tax reform has potential significant savings for farmers.

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Farm Bureau hears your concerns, but we need your help to magnify your voice. Dairy farmers including Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau President Jim Rowe and Marion County Farm Bureau President Karl Wedemeyer voiced their concerns during the County Presidents’ Trip in Washington, DC March 13-15.

We need to continue to let representatives know the challenges dairy farmers face.

Email your story to [email protected].


Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.