New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced the Dairy Pricing Reform Act with co-sponsor Susan Collins of Maine. The aim is to restructure the USDA’s pricing system for dairy and is based on Gillibrand’s proposal in last year’s Senate-passed Farm Bill. According to her news release, the bipartisan measure would require the USDA to study different methods of price determination “including competitive pay pricing or shifting from a 4 class system to a 2 class system.”
Gillibrand says New York dairy farmers are being driven out of business with the lack of a comprehensive plan for long-term support and certainty. She says the bill will provide a “fair safety net for small producers” while improving “inventory reporting and transparency.”
Gillibrand says the Senate is expected to take up the farm bill in the next few weeks.