WCMA Applauds Senate Republican Farm Bill Framework

Posted By: Grace Atherton Advocacy, WCMA News,

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) members commended U.S. Senate Republicans' Farm Bill framework, released today by Senate Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR). 

“We’re grateful to Senator Boozman and Republicans serving on the Senate Agriculture Committee for affirming their strong support for Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives today. To have both parties in the Senate calling for more monies for DBII in the next Farm Bill demonstrates both their appreciation of the program’s impact - creating a resilient food supply chain and stronger rural communities - and their understanding of the challenges dairy farmers and processors face now. As work continues on the Farm Bill, we hope all lawmakers will agree that a measured increase in DBII funding over the next five years will pay off for generations to come,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA Senior Director of Programs & Policy. 

Today’s action follows the committee passage of the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill on May 24, and the release of the Senate Democrats’ Farm Bill framework on May 1. 

Together with the Center for Dairy Research, WCMA administers the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), one of four DBII centers located throughout the country. Since DBII was launched in the 2018 Farm Bill under the leadership of Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), it has directed $165 million in federal funding to support farmers and processors.