“Through our advocacy efforts over the years, FarmFirst has an established reputation in Washington, D.C. for representing dairy farmers in the Midwest. Working in stride with our industry partners ensures we get the message across to policymakers, and this year will be no exception,” says John Rettler, dairy farmer in Neosho, Wis. and FarmFirst President. “After such a turbulent 2020, it is vital to have the needs of dairy farmers heard and acknowledged in good policy in 2021.”
During the cooperative’s ninth annual meeting held on February 12, cooperative delegates approved new policy in several key areas, including federal milk order reform, international trade policy, incentive programs, and commodity advertising, research, and promotion programs. Policies adopted at the meeting guide the legislative agenda for the cooperative in the year ahead. Resolutions were submitted by cooperative members as part of the cooperative’s grassroots policy development process.