Milk Commission

During the 2017 Legislative session, Act 77 was passed. This act included the following language regarding the Milk Commission:

No. 77. An act relating to rural economic development.

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Sec. 3. VERMONT MILK COMMISSION; EQUITABLE DAIRY PRICING

On or before October 1, 2017, the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall convene the Vermont Milk Commission under 6 V.S.A. chapter 161 to review and evaluate proposals that enhance and stabilize the dairy industry in Vermont and New England and that may be appropriate for inclusion in the federal Farm Bill 2018. The Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets shall submit to the congressional delegation of Vermont proposals that the Milk Commission recommends for inclusion in the federal Farm Bill 2018.

The Vermont Milk Commission is meeting to ascertain the health of the state’s dairy industry, hear Farm Bill proposals, evaluate these proposals and prepare recommendations to the congressional delegation for the 2018 federal Farm Bill.

The Commission plans to meet over the next several weeks so members can gather information from dairy farmers, milk handlers and consumers to determine proposals that enhance and stabilize the dairy industry in Vermont and New England.

 

Recommendations are to be delivered to the Vermont Congressional delegation for dairy policy that could be included in the five-year farm bill that will be decided upon by Congress in 2018.