Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) and Congressman David Scott (D., Ga.) again introduced the Dairy Freedom Act as an alternative to the Dairy Security Act, one of the most controversial components of the farm bill in the House.
“The Dairy Freedom Act represents a true compromise on dairy policy. We all agree on the need to reform and improve our current dairy policies – and our bill would do just that. The Dairy Freedom Act would provide producers with a viable safety net, without supply management or new administrative fees for dairy farmers," the two said in a statement.
Scott and Goodlatte introduced the measure as part of the farm bill markup in the House last year but were unsuccessful. They contend that supply management is contrary to the goals of limited government, economic growth and free markets.
"A supply control program puts federal government bureaucrats in the middle of market decisions by manipulating dairy prices, instituting dairy production quotas, and penalizing consumers. With budgets already stretched thin, higher milk prices would negatively affect American families, food manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants. The federal government has no business intervening in this market," the two said.
The two hope that the legislation will be considered as the base text of the farm bill's dairy provisions. House Agriculture Committee ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson authored the Dairy Security Act and has been opposed to the Goodlatte-Scott option.