July 3, 2003

Frederick Takes Dairy Industry Messages To Capital Hill

Larry Frederick, dairy farmer from Baring traveled to Washington D.C. the week of June 9, on behalf of fellow members of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) to deliver the message that the unchecked imports of casein and Milk Protein Concentrates (MPC) into the U.S. are rapidly escalating the imbalance between supply and demand and pressuring U.S. milk prices to 25 year lows.

"U.S. dairy producers are going through the trouble of developing a program to manage their own over-supply of milk and dairy products with a voluntary program called CWT," said Frederick. "To maximize the benefit of this program, we need Congress to put a cap on dairy imports so that imported supplies do not simply fill in the producer-created void, resulting in continued low milk prices."

Frederick, who sits on the DFA corporate board of directors, joined fellow DFA directors Merle Chaplin of Moundsville, WV; Kent Herman of Taylorsville, NC; Dan Kerschen of Garden Plain, KS.; Steve Matthees of Goodhue, MN; Harvey Moranda of Orland, CA; Larry Purdon from Purdy; and Roy Remund of Midway, UT; in Washington, D.C. to lobby for co-sponsors of House Bill 1160 and the identical Senate Bill 560, known as the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act (MITEA).

U.S. imports of MPC have surged since the mid-1990s displacing domestically produced dairy proteins. The MITEA bill offers a fair, equitable, affordable and WTO-legal solution to an ongoing problem facing America's 75,000 dairy farm families.

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), based in Kansas City is a dairy farmer-owned cooperative, which annually markets and processes milk for 24,124 dairy farm families in 47 states. Through DFA's extensive network of plants and joint ventures, the cooperative supplies milk, dairy products, dairy ingredients, and food components to customers in the U.S. and around the world.

Through its American Dairy Brands division, DFA is the proud manufacturer and marketer of Borden-branded cheese and cheese products.

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