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Media briefing on dairy policy proposals

On Sept. 29, three dairy policy experts will brief the media on findings of their recent analysis of legislative proposals aimed at reducing volatility in milk prices. The briefing will take place during the 2010 World Dairy Expo from 1:30-3 p.m. in Mendota Room 3 of the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. The briefing will include short presentations by the researchers, a question-and-answer session and an opportunity for one-on-one interviews.

Editors and news directors seeking background information may view two related PDF documents found online here:

http://dairy.wisc.edu/Volatility/Analyses_of_Volatility_Programs.pdf

http://www.fapri.missouri.edu/outreach/publications/2010/FAPRI_MU_Report_05_10.pdf

Presenting the findings will be Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Chuck Nicholson, Department of Agribusiness, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Scott Brown, Associate Director, Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), University of Missouri, Columbia. This briefing session will come four days after the researchers present their findings to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Dairy Industry Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C.

Over the last 20 years, milk price volatility has become increasingly severe. The low milk prices in 2006 and most recently in 2009 have prompted dairy producers and industry organizations to consider policy options to help moderate the dramatic price swings. The policy alternatives under consideration incorporate milk production disincentives. The researchers will address the likely effectiveness and possible unintended consequences of these strategies.