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Call for decreased milk production

The Board of Directors of
the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc., today announced an urgent
nationwide call for dairy producers to immediately decrease their milk

Bob Krucker, who serves on the board, wrote that the “National Dairy Producers
Organization Inc. calls upon all dairy producers whose milk goes into making
Class III inventoried products to voluntarily reduce their milk production by
five percent.”

In his statement, Krucker quoted over a billion pounds of cheese in inventory.  “With
cheese inventories rising and the price of cheese plummeting, clearly the
supply of milk exceeds profitable demand,” he noted.

In their foremost commitment to producer profitability, the National Dairy
Producers Organization, Inc. released the statement in hopes that producers
will work together  to regain market control.  As Krucker notes, “When
dairy producers choose to be milk supply regulators they will become milk price
regulators and will become profitable.”

The National Dairy Producers Organization Inc. stands firmly in a unified
effort to secure a nationwide production and supply management program.  Earlier
this year, they proposed the Dairy Industry Stabilization and Sustainability
Act of 2011 (DISSA), in alliance with their mission.  Their stated efforts
will not abate until U.S. dairy producers regain profitability and achieve
long-term sustainability for producers nationwide and all of the industry.  

“Milk will not be worth what it costs to make so long as supply exceeds
profitable demand,” Krucker said. But in the attempts to suppress the supply,
the arranged plan will be used to stabilize the industry and once again
increase the value of milk.  

By Leah Bigham 

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