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U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) led a letter to President Biden highlighting the continued COVID-19 challenges facing our nation's dairy farmers. In the letter, Rep. Delgado led 24 members of Congress to call on the President to reimburse producers for as much of the roughly $725 million in foregone Class I skim milk revenue as possible.

“I’m proud to lead this letter in support of reimbursing dairy farmers for as much of the approximately $725 million in Class I mover-related losses as possible,” said Rep. Delgado. “Our dairy farmers, especially small and mid-sized producers in the Northeast Region, have been seriously impacted by these losses throughout the pandemic. I strongly support efforts to ensure dairy farmers are reimbursed.”

“Our dairy producers continue to operate in an extremely difficult economic climate due to forces outside of their control,” wrote the Representatives. “In addition to causing massive market disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought significant price volatility upon our farmers and saddled them with higher feed, labor, equipment, and energy costs. To compound these challenges, dairy producers nationwide have lost roughly $725 million in Class I skim milk revenue due in part to a change made to the Class I milk price formula in the 2018 Farm Bill”

Continued the Representatives, “We strongly urge you to ensure our producers are reimbursed for as much of the roughly $725 million in foregone Class I skim milk revenue as possible. Farmers in various regions of the country have suffered from these losses, so your help will be critical”

“The current Class I mover was intended to be revenue-neutral compared to the formula it replaced, but that has not been the case. The significant gaps between Class III and IV prices that developed during the COVID-19 pandemic exposed dairy farmers to significant and imbalanced losses, exceeding $725 million nationwide. We commend Congressman Antonio Delgado for leading a coalition of his colleagues to ensure dairy producers in New York and across the country are reimbursed for as much of these losses as possible,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation.

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