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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rep. Kind applauds USDA decision to buy $20 million in cheese for Federal nutrition programs

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind applauded the action taken by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase an additional $20 million worth of cheddar cheese, supporting food banks and other food assistance recipients. 

The decision was announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today following a discussion with dairy producers in Westby.

“Wisconsin dairy farmers are struggling due to low milk prices and other market conditions beyond their control,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I applaud the USDA for taking action to increase demand for dairy products, which strengthens Wisconsin’s economy, while also providing food banks with nutritional assistance. I will continue to support dairy farmers in western and central Wisconsin and look for additional steps that can be taken to help farmers during these difficult times.”

Rep. Kind recently joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in sending a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack urging him to take action to help bring stability to dairy prices. The letter, signed by Kind and a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives from Wisconsin and other dairy-producing states, detailed the current unfavorable market conditions for the dairy industry and urged the USDA to take all actions available in order to support U.S. dairy farmers.

In June, Rep. Kind presented a comprehensive Dairy Action Plan to fix problems dairy farmers currently face. His plan intends to make federal farm programs more efficient, open new markets, expand agriculture research, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and encourage the next generation of family farmers.

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