U.S.D.A. requests nominations for dairy committee

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Aug. 25 said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving forward with plans to establish the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations.

"The Obama administration is committed to working with all sectors of the dairy industry to develop changes to the dairy pricing system to avoid the boom and bust cycle behind the crisis facing many dairy farmers this year," Mr. Vilsack said. "The input provided by the members of this committee will play an important role in building a more stable market for dairy producers for years to come."

The committee is expected to include up to 15 representatives of the dairy industry to serve in an advisory capacity, including producers and producer organizations, processors and processor organizations, handlers, consumers, academia, retailers, and state agencies involved in organic and non-organic dairy at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Once formed, the committee will review the issues of farm milk price volatility and dairy farmer profitability. The committee also will offer suggestions and ideas on how the U.S.D.A. may best address the issues to meet the dairy industry’s needs.

Written nominations must be received on or before Sept. 28, and should be sent to Judith Lindsay, secretary to Brandon Willis, deputy administrator, Farm Service Agency, Farm Programs, U.S.D.A. Room 3612-S, Stop 0501, Washington, D.C. 20250-0501; faxed to (202) 720-4726; or e-mailed to: Judith.lindsay@wdc.usda.gov.

More details will appear in the Aug. 28 issue of the Federal Register.

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