Come Thursday, the work of the USDA’s Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) will make its final recommendations to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The committee will hold its final meeting by teleconference to take a final vote.
While public comments submitted through Thursday will not affect the final report, the public comments will be submitted with the report to USDA and be available for review. The DIAC has stressed from the beginning of the process that feedback is important and has pushed every opportunity for the public to do so.
Considering the importance of the report to the formulation of what dairy policy reforms will take place, farmers and stakeholders should take advantage of this last chance to participate. Comments can be submitted online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/DIAC. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Also, for farmers interested in listening to the final discussion by the DIAC regarding the passage of their recommendations, March 2 is the deadline to sign up.
To register, e-mail DIAC@wdc.usda.gov. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to each registered public listener providing call-in instructions for the meeting.
Additional information about the public meeting, meeting agenda, materials and minutes, will be made available at the Dairy Committee website: www.fsa.usda.gov/DIAC.
-Charlene Shupp Espenshade, Special Sections Editor