Vt. officials: farm bill better than status quo

1/30/2014 11:45 AM
By Associated Press

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Congressman Peter Welch says the farm bill passed by the U.S. House is a constructive step for Vermont dairy, Vermont agriculture and American agriculture.

Welch, a Democrat, told dairy farmers at a meeting at the Vermont Farm Show on Thursday that the compromise bill is "a good deal better than the status quo."

He says while Vermont didn't get a milk supply management program that Vermont dairy farmers had worked on, the bill includes an insurance program to protect farmers from wild swings in feed and milk prices and a trigger to deter an oversupply of milk.

He says the bill also allows for lower insurance premiums for small dairy farmers, thanks to Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Will the U.S. cattle industry be able to sustain the current high prices for beef?

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