Congressman Marc Molinaro (NY-19) has announced he and Representative Pingree, have introduced a bipartisan bill which is aimed at assisting organic dairy farmers make smart financial decisions and provide for their families.
The bipartisan bill will support organic dairy farmers in Upstate New York by enhancing data collection by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The data collection will allow both the agency and farmers to have a better understanding on the costs associated with and producing organic milk.
“The USDA collects pricing and production cost data so dairy farmers can have access to competitive markets, keep a pulse on industry challenges, account for feed costs, and make accurate decisions with reliable information. Unfortunately, this same data isn’t available to organic dairy farmers. New York is one of the top states in organic production and during my farm bill listening sessions I heard firsthand from organic dairy farmers about the uncertainty they experience.” Molinaro said in a release.
Details of the Organic Dairy Data Collection Act include:
- Directing the USDA to collect and then publish cost of production data for organic milk and include the costs of major organic feedstuffs, domestically produced or imported.
- Having the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service gather and report monthly data on the amounts that organic dairy farmers are being paid for organic milk.
- Directing the Economic Research Service or the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA in publishing reports on the cost of production data by state, regional data on the quantity of organic milk production and prices.
“As organic dairies navigate an increasingly challenging market with rapidly rising costs of production, having access to relevant market data is essential for making sound business decisions. This bill creates more transparency in the collection and reporting of cost and production data that will not only better inform producers and processors, but will also enable USDA to address the specific needs of organic dairies.” Katie Baildon, Policy Manager for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY said in the release.