FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is elated by the recent introduction in the U.S. Senate of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. The bipartisan supported bill will help relieve congestion and other challenges being experienced at U.S. ports, which has negatively impacted nearly every corner of U.S. manufacturing.
“Port challenges have continued to plague supply chains and have cost us greatly, making this legislation incredibly important, for everyone,” says John Rettler, dairy farmer from Neosho, Wis. and president of FarmFirst. “While this issue has a far-reaching impact, dairy alone has so much to lose. The U.S. dairy industry has worked hard to build our reputation as a supplier of high-quality dairy products around the globe and experiencing congestion at our nation’s ports puts these valuable export relationships at risk. The burden of these delays is taking its toll, with over $1.3 billion in export losses being recognized from January 2021 through September 2021.”