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Federal supply management program for dairy farms appears out of Farm Bill

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - It appears that a federal supply management program for dairy farmers will not be part of the next Farm Bill.  

Republican House Speaker John Boehner says he will not bring the farm program package up for a vote, if it includes the supply management provision in the bill's Dairy Security Act.  

The Wisconsin-based Dairy Business Association was among the most vocal opponents of the management program -- which would have forced farmers to cut milk production during times of excessive supplies.  DBA Director Laurie Fischer tells the Wisconsin Ag Connection that farmers may have made the difference in bringing the issue to a close.  

The Brownfield Ag News Service said the DBA was among seven groups urging a congressional conference panel on the Farm Bill to reject the milk supply program.  

The National Milk Producers Association -- the main architect of the Dairy Security Act -- said it was working with conferees on an alternative.  

Earlier reports Thursday said one option would establish a farm base -- and in times of overproduction, producers who exceed their base for two straight months would only get a percentage of their margin insurance payments.  

When that happens, the agriculture secretary could also raise producer premiums, and-or buy additional dairy products for government food programs.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)