January 21, 2020

Video, Sec. Vilsack Discusses Dairy Policy

Categories: Farm Bill

From, Oct. 2, “Tough times in the dairy industry are not lost on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

“Speaking to a World Dairy Expo gathering on Tuesday, Vilsack acknowledged there have been ‘significant price spikes and very deep depressed prices’ in recent years.’ And the time interval between those spikes is shortening so that producers don’t have the time to rebound from difficult years, he added.

“Against that backdrop, he expressed frustration at the inability of Congress to get a new Farm Bill passed.”

Complete audio from Sec. Vilsack’s presentation at the World Dairy Expo can be found here.


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The “Washington Insider” section of DTN reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “Congress is on the campaign trail full time now and won’t return until after the elections. As a result, all the issues that have been passed over — and, there are many — face a tight time window in the lame duck session which could be called off, or could run for five weeks or so, with that choice depending entirely on the attitude of the lawmakers and the administration after the elections.

“The farm bill is in that bundle of undone tasks, but it is clearly lower priority than several other concerns including dealing with expiring tax cuts. As usual, the existence of ‘must pass’ legislation has stimulated some talk about stuffing the farm bill extension, long or short, into some sort of ‘grand bargain’ package. At this time, such discussions are quite muted because there are few facts to go on.”