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US Government Asked to Provide Relief by Buying Cheese
August 17, 2016

As America’s dairy farmers endure low milk prices, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has asked the US Department of Agriculture to provide relief by purchasing at least $100 million worth of cheese products for donation to the needy.

Global dairy demand has sagged in the past two years, due primarily to a reduction in purchases by China and Russia. NMPF said the measure that would help both farmers, and food insecure Americans who patronise food banks.

In a letter sent on Friday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, National Milk urged the department to use all of its available authorities to purchase $100 to $150 million of cheese.

“Dairy producers here in the United States need assistance to help endure this 18-month depression in milk prices,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “This type of assistance would both help economically-strapped farmers, and also help those without ready access to nutritious dairy products.”

A cheese buying program of up to $150 million would allow for the distribution of as much as 90 million pounds of cheese to nonprofit food banks and NMPF said it would strengthen farm-level prices, increasing the incomes of all US dairy farmers by approximately $380 million.


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