Farm bill extension secured in new funding agreement

USAgNet - 11/21/2023

In a significant development for the agricultural sector, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has expressed gratitude towards the bipartisan efforts that led to the inclusion of the farm bill extension in the congressional spending agreement signed by President Biden today. This extension is pivotal for dairy farmers across the nation.

The farm bill extension was orchestrated by House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairs Glenn Thompson and Debbie Stabenow, along with Ranking Members David Scott and John Boozman. Their collaborative efforts ensured the continuation of crucial programs for dairy farmers, including the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

DMC, an essential safety net for dairy farmers, will now operate without the looming threat of disruption. This stability is crucial, especially considering the program's impact on dairy farmers nationwide. The legislation notably includes the 2019 production history update, which is a significant aspect for those involved in the industry.

The NMPF is gearing up for the 2024 DMC sign-up in the coming weeks, reflecting their readiness to leverage this extension. The federation stands prepared to collaborate closely with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to expedite the delivery of a comprehensive, five-year farm bill.

This legislative move marks a critical step in supporting the dairy sector, ensuring sustained support and stability for dairy farmers across the United States.

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