The Idaho Business Review is reporting the President of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association Mike Roth said without reforming the dairy industry it’s headed “for a serious wreck”. The Dairy Security Act of 2011 is being sponsored by Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. Dairy is one of Idaho’s agricultural staples, the state is actually the third-largest dairy producing state in the country.
“Rep. Simpson has been a longtime advocate for business growth and Idaho’s livestock agriculture. He knows a new dairy policy is needed to address price volatility, create safety nets and to help move the industry future.” – Mike Roth
According to the Idaho Business Review, Idaho dairy producers have been working to change federal dairy policy for some time. Last March, producers voted to recommend the Foundation for the Future reform package, which served as the model for the Dairy Security Act of 2011.