U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement after the House of Representatives heeded his call and acted to avoid the “dairy cliff”, which could have caused the cost of milk to double in 2013, in addition to the absence of any safety net critical to dairy farmers throughout Upstate New York. The 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2012, and for months Schumer has pushed the House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan five year Farm Bill that passed the Senate. While Schumer expressed his disappointment that the House did not passed the five year 2012 legislation that included many important reforms, he noted that avoiding a dramatic spike in milk prices would have been devastating to consumers across the state and the country.
“I am pleased that the year-end fiscal cliff deal includes a provision to avoid the ‘dairy cliff’, which would have meant chaos for family farmers and sticker shock throughout New York’s supermarkets, with the doubling of milk prices. For months, I have urged the House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s bipartisan five year Farm Bill, and while the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill is far from perfect, it avoids an unnecessary burden on families, schools and farmers alike.”
-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer