Regulatory Watch
Regulatory Watch

Farm Bill debate continues

At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.

November 14, 2013
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Farm bill still being debated

The House and Senate have been arguing for months over what should and should not be in the latest Farm Bill. Dairy manufacturers are siding with the House when it comes to including the Dairy Market Stabilization Program in the landmark legislation, which has gone to conference because of differences in the House and Senate versions. Twenty-eight dairy manufacturers have signed a letter to Senate conferees, asking them to accept the House-passed version that excludes the program, which is strongly opposed by many processors.

“The Senate bill would require dairy farmers enrolled in a margin insurance program to periodically limit the amount of milk their farms can sell,” the letter reads. “And it would empower USDA to regulate our businesses, by requiring us to withhold a portion of our commercial market payments to dairy farmers who supply milk to our manufacturing plants and submit these funds to USDA instead.” The signers say the program also would harm consumers while discouraging further growth and investment in the industry.

Another food industry trade group monitoring the progress of the Farm Bill as it navigates its way through the House-Senate Conference Committee notes that a proposed change to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) could further delay FSMA’s implementation. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association says the House version of the farm-only bill that cleared the House in July includes Rep. Dan Benishek’s (D-MI) provision, requiring a review of the massive regulation’s efficiency before it can take effect. The association’s newsletter quotes Benishek’s spokesman as saying, “Simply put, we lose jobs in northern Michigan when Washington bureaucrats enact costly new rules that hurt our fairness and agricultural businesses.” The association says that if Benishek’s changes go through, it will further delay FSMA implementation, “but at least with the best of intentions.”

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

Recent Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

What was your favorite part of FA&M 2014?

View Results Poll Archive


Food Engineering Magazine

Food engineering magazine 2014 april cover

2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
Table Of Contents Subscribe


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!


Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.


FE recent tweets