The letter was signed by executives at Davisco Foods International, Inc.; Glanbia Foods; Hilmar Cheese Company; Saputo Cheese USA Inc.; Sargento Foods Inc.; and Schreiber Foods, Inc.
Milk producers, meanwhile, are strongly backing the proposed legislation, which is now back in the House of Representatives. The National Milk Producers Federation says the bill would revamp and improve the farm-level safety net for milk producers.
The Dairy Security Act of 2011 would establish a dairy producer margin protection program to protect dairy producer income by maintaining margins on the sale of their products. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry and is awaiting action.