Daniel Brandt is scheduled to represent DPAC with testimony at the U.S House Agriculture Committee's farm bill hearing on dairy policy Tuesday, April 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. During a meeting with dairy farmers in Lebanon County, Pa. in February, House Ag Committee vice chair Tim Holden told dairy farmers the Committee will bring USDA along to the hearing. He also urged dairy farmers to "pack the place." Attendance by dairy farmers sends a strong signal for change.
Since the farm bill may have to be opened in 2011 for budget reconciliations, House Ag Committee chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) is telling ag groups, especially dairy, to be ready with their recommendations. While Peterson does not prefer moving the 2012 farm bill to 2011, it may happen... so get ready!
For more information about the hearing schedule, visit the House of Representatives' website, where testimony will also be posted after the hearing. Live audio will be available online beginning on the day of the hearing at 9:30 a.m. (EDT).