Schumer Proposes Amendment to Farm Bill to Support Small Dairy Farmers
Friday, May 24, 2013
New York Senator Charles E. Schumer on Thursday announced a pilot program for a “dairy block grant program,” that would aim to boost dairy farm profitability and efficiency, particularly on smaller farms.
Schumer’s proposal is an amendment to the Farm Bill now being considered by the Senate. The Democrat is pushing for this dairy block grant concept to be tested in a $5 million pilot that would be similar to the popular specialty crops grant program.
This would help dairy farmers to access technical expertise related to productivity, profitability, and environmental stewardship.
This would particularly cater to smaller dairy farmers who don’t have the resources to independently hire outside consultants for these needs.
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