Economists expect hearings on federal milk marketing orders
Ag secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s reluctant to open federal milk marketing orders for hearings until the industry comes to an agreement on what they want, but a dairy economist says he’s confident the hearings will take place. Dr. Marin Buzek teaches the economics of dairy product marketing at the University of Minnesota. He told Brownfield, “From what I understand, the hearing is going to happen. Whether it’s before or after the election, we have to see and whether it happens before or after the farm bill has not yet been looked at, but the hearing will take place. We will have a lot of issues that will be Re-opening it in that session including the granting of provisions, including, hopefully, other elements of those pricing formulas, and we want to be prepared to come to the meeting as a constructive partner.”
Bozic expects that when the hearings occur, there will be different needs for different regions. “An inclusive and open process is certainly something I would very much welcome, and we should not be afraid of a heated discussion.”
Bozic discussed milk pricing issues with Brownfield during the recent Dairy Strong conference in Madison, Wisconsin.