A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Senate Ag Committee leaders, urging extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program until a new dairy program is implemented.
Both House and Senate-passed Farm Bills put a new margin protection program in place, but it will take several months to implement, the lawmakers said. During this time, the Senate-passed Farm Bill extends the MILC program until farmers can enroll in the new dairy program. However, the House-passed bill does not, and provides no immediate safety net during this period, only a retroactive payment once the new program is up and running.
Signing the letters were Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Al Franken (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MN) and Robert Casey (D-PA).