On 26 April 2012, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry completed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (the Act), which now heads to the full Senate for discussion, possible revision, and possible passage. If the Senate passes a bill, it will then be forwarded to the House. The House can pass an identical bill and then forward it to the President for his approval. Or, it can pass its own bill and go to a Conference with the Senate, where they will iron out their differences. Or, it can vote against the bill, not offer an alternative and let it die right there. We have posted three new papers related to the Senate version of the Farm Bill. Information Letter 12-03 describes the content of the dairy provisions of the Act. Briefing Paper 12-05 assesses the farm level impacts of the dairy provisions. And, the third, Information Letter 12-04, is a discussion about the relative cost of the dairy provisions. You can access them with the embedded links or by going to http://dairy.wisc.edu Mark Stephenson ------------------------------ Mark Stephenson, PhD Director of Dairy Policy Analysis University of Wisconsin, Madison Madison, WI 53706 5.02.2012