FarmFirst Provides Insight at Farm Bill Listening Session

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative > News > News Releases > FarmFirst Provides Insight at Farm Bill Listening Session

The Dairy Margin Coverage program and other Risk Management Agency tools were dramatically improved in the 2018 Farm Bill and should be maintained.  It’s important that dairy producers continue to have access to the combination of safety net and risk management tools. 

FarmFirst supports updating the production history calculation to better reflect current on-farm production levels, as well as updating the current production threshold between Tier I and Tier II premiums to reflect growth in the average dairy farm size.  

Jeff Lyon, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative General Manager, provided these insights at the Farm Bill Listening Session hosted today in La Crosse, WI by Representative Derrick Van Orden, Senator Ron Johnson, and Agriculture Committee Chairman GT Thompson. 

In addition, the Farm Bill should continue to provide funding for important conservation programs, increase funding for trade programs, and ensure that SNAP is kept in the Farm Bill with robust support to continue the long-standing connection between agriculture and nutrition. 

Lyon also expressed appreciation for work that has been done on the Whole Milk for Health Kids Act, DAIRY PRIDE Act, and the upcoming hearing on full-scale modernization of the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. 

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative appreciates Chairman Thompson, Representative Van Orden, and Senator Johnson for hosting this listening session and considering our input on the 2023 Farm Bill.

View as PDF


FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative
4001 Nakoosa Trail, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53714-1381

Toll-Free: 1-800-525-7704
Phone: 608-244-3373
Fax: 608-244-3643

Subscribe to our E-newsletter

FarmFirst keeps members and industry partners connected on top industry news through our weekly e-newsletter. Sent every Friday, our weekly digest features the latest cooperative news, program deadlines and updates on policies important to our members and our advocacy work. Special alerts and contests are also sent using our e-newsletter platform. Don’t miss out – sign up today!