National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson has called on House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to provide much needed assistance to America's dairy farmers. In a letter, Johnson urged appropriators to maintain the $350 million Sanders dairy amendment, as included in the Senate-passed fiscal year 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Johnson considers the amendment a lifeline for dairy farmers.
"Dairy producers are currently facing the dairy industry's most severe economic crisis in 30 years," Johnson said. "Since dairy prices peaked last year, the market has precipitously collapsed to historic low levels and is now well below the cost of production. Many producers continue to lose $100-200 per dairy cow per month.
Farmers Union members from across the country will be in Washingon, D.C. next week urging Congress to address the dairy crisis, among other issues.