Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5) and Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-7), along with several other members of the Wisconsin delegation, sent a letter today to the House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson.  The letter expresses opposition to the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP), which is included in the Dairy Security Act – part of the farm bill scheduled to be marked-up by the Committee later this month. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Wisconsin has more dairy farmers than any other state and milk policies have a direct effect on our state’s economy and its ability to create and sustain jobs. While I support better risk management tools to hedge against losses in the dairy industry, market stabilization could negatively impact Wisconsin’s ability to export milk due to the threat of an inconsistent supply. DMSP would create additional government intrusion – keeping prices artificially high, wasting government funds and stifling job growth. 

“We should not deter dairy farmers from producing additional milk in order to manage over-production in other areas. It is important to ensure the Agriculture Committee is aware of dairy’s importance to Wisconsin and our milk producers are not unintentionally hurt by a bill intended to help American farmers.” 

Congressman Duffy: “I have always supported passing a long term farm bill in order to give farmers the certainty they need for planning and making business decisions. Additionally, the Wisconsin dairy industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years driven primarily from exports. The controversial supply management program included in last year's farm bill would threaten that growth and Wisconsin jobs. Removing this provision will make it easier to get a farm bill passed as soon as possible, giving Wisconsin’s dairy industry the best opportunity to flourish in the future.”  

Letter to Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson