Although it’s not been officially confirmed yet that Joe Biden is the new President, U.S. dairy is already working behind the scenes to make sure the industry remains top-of-mind for new officials in D.C. For example, the National Milk Producers Federation recently congratulated Joe Biden and reminded him that bipartisan solutions are the best solutions. The NMPF points out that a widely accepted policy is less likely to be tossed out the moment a different political party takes power.
Michael Torrey, a long-time expert on farm legislation, said advocating at the federal level for dairy farmers will be crucial with new lawmakers set to join Congress and possibly a new president heading to the White House.
“There are going to be a lot of new faces, there’s going to be a new philosophy, and going to be new leadership,” Torrey said to members of the Edge Dairy Farmers Cooperative.
DailyDairyReport.com says the challenge of helping lawmakers understand the complexity of issues in the dairy industry is growing. He points to the defeat of Collin Peterson as a potential challenge because the long-time Minnesota congressman understands dairy policy more than most do on either side of the political divide.
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