Dairy farmers protest low milk prices at state Capitol

   Dairy farmers will rally Tuesday, April 14, 2009, outside the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines to protest low dairy prices. Dave Knipper, a salesman for Prairie State Select Sires, said the combination of high grain prices and low dairy prices have made this spring a historically low point for dairy farmers. Producers who milk a couple hundred cows are paying $15,000 to $20,000 monthly for feed, while getting only  $9.50 to $10 per hundredweight for their milk, about half of the $18-$20 of last year’s prices, Knipper said.  

 

   Dairy producers will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the west entrance of the capitol grounds, near the monument of Abraham Lincoln and son Tad. Knipper said the farmers don’t plan to dump their milk, as some producers have done at past protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere. But they will speak about being unable to afford health insurance and address other concerns, including the record profits of some milk companies while farmers are getting paid less than the cost of producing milk, as well as the health scares associated with imported products, such as the tainted milk from China.

 

Dave Knipper can be reached at (563) 590-1596.

 

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    Farmers are finding their voices and coming together. For years dairy producers have let regional differences and concerns stop them from developing long term dairy policy that could stabilize the price of milk and end the extreme volatility which dominates the market. Dairy Farmers Working Together is pushing a national initiative to provide the forum for dairy producers to lead themselves out of this cycle. The concerns for our industry must be front and center in every dairy producers mind, how to get through today, and how to stop this from repeating every three years. We extend our support to the rally today and all the farmers in Iowa, and an invitation to join us in making a positive change.


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