Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for policy, strategy and international trade at the National Milk Producers Federation, says the coronavirus crisis carries an urgency for the federal government comparable to world-shaping events such as World War II and the Great Depression. And as policy leaders work to rise to the occasion, the dairy community needs to as well, he said.
“This is the time to be united. We need to support all farmers of all sizes,” Castaneda says in an NMPF podcast released today. “This is the time for USDA and the U.S. government to step up to support agriculture and the dairy farming community. And I think that dairy farmers and the dairy industry, we need to continue to be united in aiming to that solution.”
NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association last week released a joint plan for dairy assistance presented to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To listen to the full podcast, click here. You can also find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud and Google Play. Broadcast outlets may use the MP3 file. Please attribute information to NMPF.
The National Milk Producers Federation, based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. NMPF’s member cooperatives produce more than two-thirds of U.S. milk, making NMPF dairy’s voice on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. For more, visit www.nmpf.org.