Deadline tomorrow – speak up to save dairy farmers!

admin —  May 28, 2010 — Leave a comment

Time is running out to help save family dairy farmers. We only have one day left to demand that the USDA set a fair price for dairy — please speak up now.

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.

Right now dairy farmers are looking to Farm Aid to speak out for them, and I’m asking you to stand with us. We have until tomorrow to contact the USDA and tell them to do what it takes to save family dairy farmers.

The crisis facing dairy farmers isn’t new. In fact, Farm Aid has been encouraging 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 USDA is asking for comments on what to do about the dairy crisis — and tomorrow is the last day to speak up for policies that will keep thousands of dairy farmers from going out of business.

Time is running out — please take a moment right now to send USDA this message: family dairy farmers across the country are on the brink of disaster, and they need our help.

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 people like you and me until April 15. But this long process has already cost too many families the farms and homes they spent a lifetime building.

Because the price for milk has been driven so low, family farmers have lost upwards of $200 a month for every cow on their farm. It seems like the harder they work, the more they fall behind.

Once these family dairy farmers are gone, they’re most likely gone forever. I won’t stand for that, and I hope you won’t, either. Click here to do something about it now, before the April 15 deadline.

Secretary Vilsack has established a Dairy Industry Advisory Committee to review price instability in dairy. These are the people who can determine whether farmers get a fair price for milk — and whether they can stay in business at all. If we don’t speak up now, if the Advisory Committee doesn’t act fast, thousands of family dairy farmers could lose everything.

Please, click here to urge the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee to take immediate action to save family dairy farmers. And don’t worry, 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 for dairy farmers — your response today will make a big difference, and we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening in the coming days and weeks.

Hilde Steffey
Program Director, Farm Aid



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