U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Representatives Collin Peterson, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan, and Tom Emmer have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide relief to dairy farmers in Minnesota and across the country.
Nearly 3,500 Minnesota dairy farmers produce 9.5 billion pounds of milk each year. Despite the industry’s strength and efficiency, dairy farmers have been hit hard by low milk prices that have resulted in sharply reduced incomes.
In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the federal lawmakers ask the agency to take the necessary steps to make milk an agricultural commodity eligible for the Federal Crop Insurance program and to work with the Risk Management Agency to develop additional insurance products for dairy farmers.
Last year, following efforts from Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz, and Nolan, the USDA announced plans to help dairy producers and families in need.