I urge you all to contact your representatives… you can find them at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Lets unite on our requests ask them to support;
1) Big Tariffs on Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) needed because MPCs are not approved for food use
2) Mandatory Audit of food companies’ dairy product inventory is necessary for dairy famers to have honest price triggers and supply management
3) Temporary floor price of at least $17 (cost of production)
4) For long term- new price discovery mechanism utilizing a percentage of cost of production and or a percentage of retail coupled with supply management.
With the price on the upswing we can not be to comfortable….who knows when the NEXT down turn is going to be! We have taken quite a hit! Can we survive the next go around? Do we have the energy? PLEASE speak up.
If I can be any assistance just let me know!
Barbara Martin 🙂
Calling to action: Farmers, agribusiness and concerned consumers to perform “Political Farming” on Dec 1 and 2. A face to face meeting is the most powerful way to make a difference so we can make real change in the dairy industry. Appointments have been made with multiple politicians.
Please join us. You won’t regret the difference you will make. Washington, D.C. is a money-driven bureaucracy, however, voices from the folks – us folks – will overcome the system.
My motto is the man who wins, is the man who tries. He uses his head and his eyes. This is what Washington needs from all of us.
The New York bus from Utica is paid for thanks to our Agribusiness friends in New York. As of this writing, the bus has seats available. The bus in July filled fast right before we left so get your seat today.
If you are going, urge a friend or neighbor to join also.
Reserve your bus seat: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more, read below and/or join the next conference call
We will finalize strategy and progress with other commitments from Pa, VT , Midwest and NY.
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Contact: Tammy Graves – 315-858-0163
UPCOMING “DAIRY DOES D.C.” DAY – Dec. 2
Delivering a Reality Check
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Dairy farmers and their allies will descend on Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Dec. 2. Seats are filling on buses departing from New York and Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. for appointments with senators and congressmen.
Goals of the upcoming Dairy Does D.C. Day include balancing influence and building bridges. Due to incomplete data and skewed data analysis, our political representatives are being influenced by information that inappropriately portrays the state of the dairy industry.
The most significant areas with data and corresponding analysis flaws include: 1) Import/Export Volume 2) Cold Storage Reports and 3) Domestic Milk Production and Utilization. Talking points in D.C. will reflect these three areas. To receive the data and analysis from which we will be sourcing our talking points, please contact United States Dairy Farmers and Friends at email@example.com.
Dairy farmers will be delivering messages on their own behalf to keep checks and balances in the political influence as they did in July in conjunction with the House of Agriculture Hearings. In addition, farmers will be building bridges with Congressional representatives of suburban and urban areas.
“We are excited to be launching our campaign of building bridges with metropolitan representatives,” says Debbie Windecker, a dairy farmer from Frankfort, N.Y. “Just as dairy farmers and consumers need to connect, so do our rural and urban politicians. I have been told first-hand and repeatedly that there is a real disconnect between them.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need not be in D.C. to be a part of this message delivery. Schedule appointments at your senator and congressman’s local district offices or contact the district offices by mail, fax, phone or email on or around Dec. 2. For communication-related assistance, please contact Tammy Graves of US Dairy Farmers and Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your message, meeting, call or letter is valuable whether you are a farmer, consumer, breed association member, state assemblyman or senator, Chamber of Commerce member, Land Trust, FFA teacher, agribusiness owner/employee or college faculty or student.
“I’ll be echoing the D.C. voices in to my representative’s California offices,” says Barbara Borges-Martin, a California dairy farmer.”
Buses are departing from the following locations and will arrive in D.C. by 7:30 a.m.:
Utica, N.Y. 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and arrive in Washington by 7 a.m. December 2. The bus will depart Washington, D.C. at 5 p.m. Call Bryan Gotham at 315-405-6456 or email@example.com to reserve your seat. We want to express our many thanks to our current Utica bus sponsors. GOLD Level: Bourdeau Bros., Brown’s Feed, Whites Farm Supply, Poulin Grain, Cargill; SILVER Level: Leberge & Curtis, Griffith Energy, Performance Premixes, North Country Vet, Animal Medic, Dundee Feeds; BRONZE Level: Blue Seal, Springer’s
Hornell, N.Y. Tuesday, Dec 1. Call Lisa Robinson to reserve your seat – $50/seat and fundraising will continue -607-525-6329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyalusing, Pa. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Call Tina Carlin 570-833-4592.
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