UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin's Democratic U-S senator is asking that the safety net for dairy farmers be brought back until a new program can take effect. Tammy Baldwin and Minnesota Democrats Al Franken and Ben Cardin are among 13 senators who have asked a conference committee on the new Farm Bill to extend the Milk Income Loss Contract program.
Family farm states like Wisconsin are among the biggest users of the MILC program, which expired September 30th when the last farm bill ended. The long-running MILC program provides federal subsidies to dairy farmers when their market prices drop below certain levels.
The Senate's version of the new five-year package of farm programs includes an immediate extension of the program until a new one can begin. The House bill does not have such an extension. The 13 senators say dairy farmers have no safety net right now -- and even if a new Farm Bill passes soon, it could be months before a new dairy program begins.