Policy Agenda

  • Promote the integrity of dairy products through standards of identity.
  • Oppose efforts to restrict U.S. dairy production and exports through use of overly restrictive geographical indications (GIs), or protected food names.
  • Support dairy trade agreements that benefit the U.S. dairy industry.
  • Support immigration reform that does not adversely affect dairy farmers.
  • Preserve the countercyclical structure of federal dairy safety net programs, assuring they support dairy farmers — not just milk volume. Support efforts to improve the Margin Protection Program to provide a more effective safety net for dairy farmers.
  • Streamline the federal milk marketing order system to facilitate the efficient marketing of milk, pooling benefits nationally and updating make allowances.
  • Support the establishment of a national standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.
  • Support the use of consistent environmental standards between all governmental agencies. Any regulations should consider practical methods of maintaining environmental quality consistent with efficient and economical dairy farming and manufacturing operations.
  • Underscore the dairy industry’s commitment to producing high-quality milk and dairy products begins with responsible animal care.
  • Support child nutrition legislation that encourages utilization of dairy's unique nutritional benefits in school meal programs.
  • Actively test imported dairy products, holding them to the same rigorous standards as domestically produced products.

Approved by the AMPI Board of Directors
January 2018

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