Congresswoman Angie Craig says it’s heartbreaking to see so many dairy farms going out of business.
She says 10 percent of the dairies in Minnesota have gone under in the last year: This isn’t just about losing dairy farmers, this is about families losing the lives they know and love.
To recover, she says farmers need more markets and better prices.
“They’re fighting a trade war, labor shortages (and) a hard winter.”
Craig is confident changes to dairy in the 2018 Farm Bill will help.
“It’s got Dairy Margin Coverage that offers more flexible coverage for lower costs, when dairy farmers need it most. It’s got the ability for producers to use more risk management tools.”
Craig says the new farm bill also provides a partial refund credit for Margin Protection Program premiums paid between 2014 and 2017.