The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way

The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way

The ADC recently held an informative seminar covering a new proposed guestworker visa program for the dairy industry, as well as an update on dairy risk management programs
The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way
The American Dairy Coalition welcomed many dairy producers and allied industry businesses from several Midwestern states to an informative seminar held at last week’s Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD. Presenters discussed important tools to help producers continue to sustain and grow their businesses well into the future.
This seminar, presented in partnership with South Dakota State Dairy Producers and Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, provided a unique opportunity for producers to ask questions and learn how a new bill will ensure a reliable workforce, as well as if the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can be salvaged.
The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way
Stephanie Gadbois
Senior Counsel for Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Stephanie provided an overview of a new legislative bill, called the AG Act. This is a guestworker visa program that is growing support from members in the House of Representatives. The AG Act replaces the current H-2A Visa program with a new H-2C Visa, and provides a much-needed visa program. It allows for foreign nationals currently working, as well as additional new workers, to work under an H-2C Visa. Currently, many dairy producers are not able to find the employees they need to take care of their animals and very few domestic workers are applying for these types of jobs.
This new H2-C category, overseen by the USDA, provides a modern and streamlined agricultural guestworker program that will allow registered agricultural employers access to labor when their efforts to recruit U.S. workers do not yield the help they need.  Under this program, existing workers already within our country filling vital roles and additional new workers not yet in our country, will have access to legal status, a driver’s license, and confidence to come out of the shadows with their renewable H-2C Visa.
Learn More about the Ag Act Here:
The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way
Marin Bozic
Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics in the Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
Prof. Bozic provided an overview to attendees explaining what happened with the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and why it was not the risk management tool dairy producers had hoped for, as well as recent new policy reform that was written to improve MPP for the future. His presentation also covered what the removal of subsidy caps in the Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Program for Dairy Cattle (LGM) may mean for future dairy operation economic protection.
Prof. Bozic also discussed a new dairy revenue protection program called “Dairy-RP,” which was approved in February. More details to come as this important tool is brought forward in the months ahead.
To Learn more about Dairy Revenue Protection Click Here:
The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way
Pictured Above: Scott Schroeder, Executive Director of the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance addressing the crowd at Central Plains Dairy Expo 2018.
Thank you to the following organizations for graciously sponsoring this event.
ADC encourages dairy producers to utilize products and services from the below companies in thanks for their dedication to helping sustain and grow the dairy industry. Please click the logos to learn more:
About the American Dairy Coalition
Representing over 30,000 dairy producers throughout the United States. ADC is committed to the growth and expansion of the dairy industry.  ADC has been heavily involved in the development and support of legislative solutions that will secure a reliable labor force to milk our nation’s cows, and improve safety net tools available to farmers across the country. Learn more about our coalition and membership opportunities by visiting us at www.americandairycoalitioninc.com

 

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