The National Milk Producers Federation says the USDA’s Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program will be helpful, but the program falls short of reimbursing meaningful losses for all U.S. dairy farms. At issue are the payment limitations on reimbursing five million pounds per producer. “We appreciate the USDA for taking the initial step, doing what they could. We’re going with Congress to get additional money to fill the loss. We want to do so in a way that doesn’t not cause distortion to reimburse for losses based on size,” explains Paul Bleiberg, senior vice president for government relations, NMPF. “This is a disaster situation. In the case of disasters, we don’t think there should be these kind of limitations.” The vehicle for the additional funding is to be determined.
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