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January 3, 2013

Farmers look for aid beyond farm bill

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Federal legislators such as Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., made the necessary effort to get a new farm bill, Kiraly said, but she was concerned that with less than 2 percent of the population working in agriculture, the “farm vote” is not there.

Garrattsville dairy farmer David Galley said the extension gives “everyone another nine months to come up with an acceptable solution.” He said he has doubts about whether all parties can agree on a pricing system. He would like to see a supply management program that could prevent overproduction when prices go up, he said.

Franklin dairy farmer Janice Smith said although she is concerned that the needs of agriculture may not be properly represented in Congress because of their numbers, “a strong agricultural economy is important to the country.”

In addition to the need for food, the industry supports a number of other jobs, she said. It’s important that the bill was extended, Smith said.

However, there are a lot of areas that need to be revisited, Smith said. This includes milk pricing, which is set by a federal agency based upon the price of cheese in the Midwest. However, in the East, a lot of the milk is used in higher priced classes, such as fluid, she said.

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