President Trump
December 5, 2017

Dairy Industry Organizes Effort to “Call the President”

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

The North American Free Trade Agreement is important all of agriculture. Some analysts believe the dairy industry is one sector of agriculture with the most to lose if the U.S. were to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Farmers aren’t sure the White House fully understands the need for the agreement and are hoping to change that.

According to Dairy Farmers of America, the dairy industry has organized an effort to let President Trump know how important NAFTA is to farmers’ bottom line and to encourage his administration to “mend it,” not “end it.”

“This industry effort includes a grassroots White House call-in day tomorrow, Wednesday, December 6, between 1–2 p.m. EST. If lines shut down due to excessive calls, you are encouraged to call again between 3–4 p.m. EST. Leave a constituent comment for the president by calling 202-456-1111,” DFA’s legislative alert said on Tuesday.

Are you concerned about the NAFTA re-negotiations? Let us know in the comment section below.

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If we want to save the nation's family farms, we should encourage the administration to enforce border laws and stop criminal hiring practices. The dairy industry has too much milk and technology that can replace illegal labor, so the timing is perfect. It will have a much bigger impact on the bottom line for family farms then NAFTA. Fix the border, then worry about NAFTA.
The statement that NAFTA is good for all agriculture is absolutely wrong. The dairy industry is and has been suffering greatly to the degree that many family farms have to exit their greatest desire, dairying. Simply put, we as dairy farmers are suppose to produce milk for way below USDA's average cost of production. The co-ops, buyers and processors are controlling us and stealing the raw milk and making a hugh profit. Just check their year-end reports. Right now we are paying 3.00/Cwt. to have our milk taken off of our farm. We must pay the hauling plus fuel surcharge, advertisement, plus dues, and other fees set by our co-op which change every month. It seems if they need more money to operate, they just up the deductions in some way. The co-ops were established to work for the farmer and get the best price, but that is not being done nowadays. We, as dairy farmers, have a hugh investment and increasing costs everyday. WHY we are being treated and taken advantage of is illegal and unjustified. I hope my grandchildren will be able to continue to drink fresh milk from USA, and not imported stuff. Time to protect our FOOD SUPPLY here in UNITED STATES !!!!
We do not NEED NAFTA.
I support Trumps effort with trade 100%
I am a Dairy Farmer.
Dairy farmers do NOT need NAFTA---dairy farmers need American "COST OF PRODUCTION" AT THE FARM, which has been denied us for decades so that destructive "world milk price" "Free Trade agreements" like NAFTA could be implemented on the backs of US dairy farmers, all to benefit the global dairy "INDUSTRY" milk processor cartel, including the likes of DFA. This is why American dairy farm numbers have collapsed to the scandalous 38,000 level and rural dairy farming suppliers and support businesses are drowning in red ink from unpaid dairy farmer bills---all happening during the era of NAFTA. The US rural dairy-farming infrastructure is in collapse BECAUSE OF "Free Trade Agreements" like NAFTA!

Hopefully, dairy farmers will call Pres. Trump today and leave the message Mr. Trump needs to hear: US COST OF PRODUCTION FOR AMERICA'S DAIRY FARMERS FIRST, NOT NAFTA FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS! TERMINATE ALL "FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS"---INCLUDING NAFTA--- UNTIL US DAIRY FARMERS GET AMERICAN "COST OF PRODUCTION" AT THE FARM.

Mr. Trump needs to understand that America will NOT be made "Great Again" until the private property rights of American citizen-dairy farmers are respected and protected in the federal minimum milk pricing formula. The federal milk pricing formula in place since the Capper-Volstead dairy co-operatives BLOCK-VOTED "Federal Order Reform" into existence in 2000, deliberately excludes any way for dairy farmers' to cover their "cost of production" on the farm, all while the dairy “Industry” co-ops heap fee upon fee, deduction upon deduction onto the dairy farmers’ pathetic milk checks, further reducing our milk check revenue: dollars off for processor “make allowances,” “check off” fees, “market adjustment fees,” “hauling,” ad nauseum…

Additionally, the Capper-Volstead dairy co-operatives are long overdue for federal investigations into their corrupt, monopolistic-monopsonistic behavior in the milk "marketplace." Dairy farmers are enslaved to these milk cartels, captive to the co-ops, crippled by fear, intimidated into silence and inaction. These un-American conditions “down on the farm,” which are entrapping America's family dairy farmers and their rural communities, scream for public hearings to investigate and to finally correct this most disgraceful period in American dairy farming history.
I find it a bit amusing that farmers are alarmed at the possibility of NAFTA coming to an end. Almost all Ag states voted for him. Even though he said he would pull out of farmer friendly TPP and NAFTA. Look in the mirror and see who is to blame for this mess.
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