Production controls for milk divide nation's dairy farmers

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 28, 2012 - 3:12 PM

A proposed government system would sometimes curb milk production to keep prices stable. It has set off a vigorous debate throughout the dairy industry.

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imcountryApr. 29, 12 9:07 AM

The Federal Government can't even handle it's own budget. They should stay our of private business. Let them try this with oil/gas industry first and see how it turns out. Less government is best. Let a free market work.

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bebebigaloApr. 29, 12 1:14 PM

We are not a socialist nation. We are all about capitalism. Simple Macro Economics, if there are too many producers so the price goes down people go out of business and the prices then increase, if the price goes to high people will enter the market and bring the prices back down. Colin Peterson better go back to school and learn about economics, unless he has a hidden interest in keeping prices stable.

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ndrep30Apr. 29, 12 5:03 PM

Another liberal politician trying to dictate things he doesn't know anything about! What are dairy farmers supposed to do if production goes too high? Sell part of their herd and in a few months purchase more calves again and wait for them to produce? Which can take up to 2 yrs to happen. O, I can suggest something to Peterson, just tell the farmers to tie the cows teats shut until the demand goes back up again! That'll help the feds to reduce their budget deficit.

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westarApr. 29, 12 8:08 PM

How come now dairy farmers don't want no government interference, but they want a whole herd buyout when the price was terrible? Take a lesson from the cattle industry and control your production. Proven fact, less product means more money. If the processor needs product he will have to pay more

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ndrep30Apr. 29, 12 8:55 PM

westar - and so will you pay more for your dairy products when you buy at the grocery store! The ones on food stamps could care less about this situation. ( the program is funded by the USDA as you should know). They have nothing to worry about in these matters since they can go on without a thought about what effect this has on the producers. Granted, they have no way of helping control this. Just wait till food prices rise another 15 to 30%, which is coming quickly, and that will open peoples'eyes. This is a problem again of government lack of concern for agricuture and it's overreach!

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orono77Apr. 29, 12 9:29 PM

@ ndrep30 – I wouldn't call this a Liberal issue. Both sides of the aisle are largely ignorant re: agriculture.

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tadesheApr. 29, 12 9:46 PM

Keep dairy safe by government regulation, but stay out of free enterprise.

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ndrep30Apr. 30, 12 1:03 AM

orono77 - I agree with you totally! But when will this train be running off its tracks called 'government intervention' where they don't have a clue as to how to solve these agricultural matters? Grain farming is even worse, I know because I'm involved deeply (in debt) in our family farm in ND.

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liberaleliteApr. 30, 12 2:01 PM

As long as I can buy organic milk, I'm happy. It tastes like a sweet dessert compared to regular milk. We need to prioritize GOOD food over cheap food. The government has been prioritizing cheap food for decades. While it's great that we pay much much less for food as a proportion of income than at any time in history, it has come at large expense elsewhere in society. Think about all the cows that get messed up with growth hormones, antibiotics without infections, and are fed parts of other cows as feed (which can mess with amino acids in the brain and potentially causes mad cow).

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moron100Apr. 30, 12 3:47 PM

liberallite - you said it. the gov't has messed up what would normally have happened. we wouldnt be having these issues if the gov't didnt force production in one direction. If they would keep out of it except for inspections then the market would be better off without them giving direction. your milk would have been better years ago. farmers would have seen the market working and adjusted a long time ago.

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