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With a new Congress just elected, this coming year is shaping up as a make or break year on the critical issue of immigration reform. In order to ensure dairy producers' voices are heard on the matter, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has teamed up with Texas A&M University to update the 2009 survey, "The Economic Impact of Immigration on U. S. Dairy Farms."

If you are an active dairy producer, NMPF and Texas A&M need your help in filling out the questionnaire. All the information is confidential and the data cannot be tied back to individual farms. The survey is being coordinated by the same organization that Hoard's Dairyman has partnered with for nearly four decades to complete our readership studies.

Why is it important to complete this survey?

Your opinions are crucial for developing sound dairy policy. While you can print a hard copy and send it back by downloading the PDF here, the quickest way is to complete the online survey found at www.readexweb.net/nmpf/survey.asp.

How much time is needed to complete the survey?

It took our team about five minutes to fill it out for the Hoard's Dairyman Farm.

I can't emphasize enough how crucial it is that farmers and their cooperatives participate in this process so we can accurately quantify the negative impact of current immigration policies on our industry. Once completed, survey data will be shared with cooperatives, dairy farmers and, most importantly, members of Congress and their staffs.

Again, as was the case in 2009, this survey is completely anonymous and will not jeopardize any dairy farmer who participates in it.

If you have questions regarding this survey, please contact Jaime Castaneda jcastaneda@nmpf.org or John Hollay jhollay@nmpf.org via email or by phone at (703) 243-6111.

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