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Dancer's dairy moves forwarded by Assembly

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Moves to bolster to New Jersey dairy industry have been approved by the Assembly.

Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, R-16th District, sponsored the bills, calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Commerce to increase New Jersey dairy exports, Assembly Resolution 156, and establishing the last week of June as a “dairy week” promoting the consumption of dairy as part of a healthy lifestyle, Assembly Joint Resolution 113.

Dancer said there are fewer than 100 dairy farms remaining in New Jersey but worldwide demand for dairy products has quadrupled.

“The razor-thin profit margin for dairies is dictated by commodity prices set at the federal level. … We can help [the farms] survive by promoting the industry, and expanding the market,” he said. “New Jersey exported $3 million in dairy products in 2016. Shipping more milk product to hungry markets in Mexico, China and South America will create jobs for New Jersey workers and invigorate the state economy.”

Assembly Joint Resolution 113 next heads to the Senate. Assembly Resolution 156, which doesn’t require Senate approval as it is a single-house resolution, will be transmitted to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, the Governor of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, as per the text of the bill.

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Jackie Schmidts June 25, 2018 9:42 am

The US government doesn't set prices, they just calculate the minimum wage price dairy farmers by law have to be paid by the dairy processing company who buys their milk each month. Dairy farmers can ask for more if they don't think the price they are being paid is high enough. The dairy farmers lobbied and created the price system used by USDA. If the dairy farmers don't like the system, why don't they change it? They can have it removed by law, they can vote it out. Why doesn't a good reporter ask dairy farmers and their dairy cooperatives this question, if you don't like the prices (and the Federal Milk Market Order pricing system) you are paid and calculated each month by USDA, why don't you do something about it? Answer: most dairy farmers are clueless about the system, how it works and what it actually does and doesn't do. They just like to complain.