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D2o—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 17,1984
WASHINGTON, D. C. - An
extension of at least nine months
will be needed when USDA’s dairy
diversion program expires next
March 31, and the administration
should announce it’s intentions to
seek that extension as early as
possible, according to the chief of
the National Farmers Union.
Farmers are planning now for the
next dairy marketing year, and an
immediate announcement of the
administration’s intentions would
allow for orderly planning.
NFU President Cy Carpenter
wrote in a letter to Agriculture
Secretary John Block today that
the administration should seek an
extension of the program as a first
order of business when Congress
reconvenes in January.
The program began Jan. 1 when
USDA contracted with par
ticipating farmers to reduce their
milk marketings by between 5 and
30 percent of an established base
amount. Participating farmers
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NFU calls for dairy diversion extension
receive $lO per hundredweight for
the reduction from Jan. 1 through
March 31, 1985. To finance the
incentive payments, all dairy
farmers are assessed 50 cents per
hundredweight on all milk they
market. In addition, milk support
prices were dropped by 50 cents on
Dec. 31,1983 and by an additional
$1 per hundredweight this sum
The program, plus a 3.5 percent
increase in domestic dairy product
consumption, is credited with
projections showing that USDA’s
Commodity Credit Corporation
will purchase 50 percent less
surplus dairy product during the
1984-85 marketing year.
Extending the program by at
least nine months could continue
the program’s record of bringing
dairy supplies more in line with
demand by decreasing milk
marketings, and could help
strengthen dairy prices farmers
receive,” Carpenter said.
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“In order to continue the
progress we have made so far, we
believe the diversion program
should be extended for at least
another nine months. Dairy far
mers are now making their
management decisions for the next
year,” he said. Some dairy far
mers already have replacement
heifers waiting to go into
production as soon as the diversion
“A program extension would
continue to reduce the cost of the
dairy price support program to the
treasury,” he said.
“The program is working. Milk
production is down, CCC removals
are down, the cost of the program
is down and toe price for milk paid
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Carpenter expressed hope that price for dairy farmers.
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