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The Conference has made some progress, and the "gang of four" - Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow, Senate Ag Ranking Member Thad Cochran, House Ag Chair Frank Lucas, and House Ag Ranking Member Colin Peterson - are hammering out a framework for a final bill.

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House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson also addressed the gathering.Peterson says that among the topics discussed were carbon, cellulosic ethanol, wetlands and climate change.For more information on the DNR checkout:

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"This Legislation is necessary because, in my view, the EPA does not seem to understand the real world effects these regulations will have on farmers across the country," according to House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Colin Peterson, D-Minn.

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As USDA continues to set up the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy producers, Minnesota Congressman Colin Peterson told members of the House Ag Committee recently that he's worried that many producers are in the dark about the program and participation might be low. "Talking to dairy farmers in my area, especially the smaller ones, they have no idea that this margin insurance exists," he said. USDA's initial plan was to wait to notify producers until after all the details of the MPP were worked out and the educational tools distributed. Still, Peterson says producers should at least receive a letter saying there is a margin insurance program coming. "We'll be finalizing the base issues and so forth later on, but just so they understand that this is coming," he said. Undersecretary Michael Scuse says he is looking into whether they can get notification to dairy producers sooner rather than later.

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Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger Act (REFRESH) a broad based Farm Bill introduced into both House and Senate replaced and incorporated the Dairy Security Act which replaced the couple of iterations that Representative Colin Peterson made of the National Milk Producers Foundation (NMPF) Foundation for the Future.

When the Foundation for the Future was drafted by NMPF, and the initial Bill was presented by Representative Peterson, the ranking member of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, the organic dairy industry was concerned about the mandatory requirement of the market stabilization programs which would directly penalize organic producers. Added to this was the ongoing concern about the approximately $30 million annual payments into the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) by organic processors because approximately seventy-five per cent of organic milk is sold as fluid beverage product (Class 1). Under the FMMO, which currently doesn't distinguish organic or any other value-added marketing of milk, milk sold at a higher price on the Class 1 market is balanced by the lower price paid for milk sold as manufactured product to produce a blended price, which theoretically helps to stabilize the marketing of milk and payments to producers.
In response to the initial proposal from Peterson, NODPA, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), and the National Organic Coalition (NOC) joined many other groups in advocating that the market stabilization program should not be mandatory. With the publication of the Dairy Security Act of 2011 by Peterson and Representative Mike Simpson, the market stabilization program became voluntary, with the provision that any producer who participated in the insurance program would need to take part in the stabilization program.

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