Dairy Farmers of America Senior Vice President John Wilson and 50 of his board members met this week with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The Secretary told the group that his department is working on additional ways to deal with some of the challenges facing the dairy industry. USDA has already provided help by using more nonfat dry milk in federal nutrition programs.
The Secretary also voiced his support for the implementation of the Dairy Export Incentive Program, as authorized in the farm bill. DFA's Wilson says that would help get rid of dairy product offshore and keep it out of our government warehouses. Right now, he says, it depresses prices by overhanging the market.