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The Dairy Margin Coverage program has worked well for the farmers who signed up for it, while other federal programs ranging from emergency loans to disaster payments have helped keep dairy farms afloat during the coronavirus crisis, said Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-PA, in an NMPF podcast.

On DMC, “I think we got it right,” said Thompson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management subcommittee. He’s also a hopeful to become the top Republican on House Ag in the next Congress. “It has proven to be very, very helpful for those farmers that had the inclination the foresight to be able to sign up for that program.”

Thompson also decries the rise of “chalk water” rather than whole milk in school nutrition programs, advocates for improved milk options in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and discusses the state of politics this election season in the full podcast here. You can also find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud and Google Play.