Friday, April 09, 2010
Family farmers are some of the hardest-working people I know. Too many of them know what it's like to risk their land, their homes, and their livelihood, and nobody is more dedicated to doing whatever it takes to succeed. But sometimes hard work isn't enough to survive, and that's when family farmers turn to Farm Aid.
Because the price for milk has been driven so low, family dairy farmers have lost upwards of $200 a month for every cow on their farms. It seems like the harder they work, the more they fall behind. And once these farmers are gone, they're most likely gone forever. I won't stand for that, and I hope you won't, either.
The crisis facing dairy farmers isn't new. In fact, Farm Aid has been working with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to save these farmers for over a year now, and thousands of Farm Aid supporters like you have already spoken out.
The good news is our efforts are starting to work, and the USDA has set up an advisory committee to review the crisis facing dairy farmers. Even better, they're collecting comments from the public until April 15.
Please, click here to urge the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee to take immediate action to save family dairy farmers and ensure they receive a fair price for their milk. We've made it easy and started the letter for you — you can add your own thoughts if you like as well.
Thanks for taking action — your response today will make a big difference for the future of family dairy farmers. We'll keep you updated on what's happening in the coming days and weeks to come.
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