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Back during the Reagan era Ronald somehow managed to end the dairy support law with a buyout of cows from dairymen...but, low and behold, lobbyists and politicians got them back on the taxpayer teat. Wasting taxpayer money is a full time job for D.C....and they pretend to call it a market economy.
So.... what's the best model for getting rid of the outrageous farm supports? To me, it's the same problem as the biofuel industry, growing corn for gas. I say, put industry subsidies on a slow tapering-off diet that gradually removes price supports and allows the industry to naturally decline back to its fighting weight, without inducing a crash. Model it on DD&A.
This editor is not speaking truth to the mountain of cheese. Most of it is in private ownership, with the exception of what the government bought for food assistance programs.
Dairy doesn't work at the same speed as other animal industry so the expansion and contraction response to supply and demand is not as quick. A few years ago another industry writer put it in perspective that if it all stopped today, it would all be gone in 63 days. So lets say it's 70 days with current inventory today. Thats not much, given the inflow and outflow.
The claim that the dairy Farm program is making the big farmer richer is not true because the payment program only covers the equivalent of 200 cows. If you're milking 1,000 or 10,000, you're probably not even signing up for that system.