Welch introduces bill to protect dairy farmers by closing trade loophole

first_imgCongressman Peter Welch on Tuesday introduced legislation to protect dairy farmers by closing a trade loophole that allows for the unlimited importation of a form of dried milk product. Welch s bill, the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act, will update existing trade regulations to include milk protein concentrate (MPC) and treat it like all other imported dairy products. In the past decade, MPC imports have more than doubled, undermining the market for domestic powdered milk and driving down the price Vermont s dairy farmers are paid for their milk. As international dairy producers have flooded the American market with milk protein concentrate, Vermont s dairy farmers have paid the price. By circumventing trade agreements, these producers have contributed to the plummeting price of milk and caused many Vermont farmers to go out of business, Welch said. This legislation will simply level the playing field and ensure that all dairy producers play by the same rules.Milk protein concentrate, similar to non-fat dried milk, is used in a variety of processed food products. In the past ten years, MPC imports have increased 58 percent. A 2004 International Trade Commission report found that, imported milk protein products may have displaced approximately 318 million pounds of U.S. produced milk protein [equivalent to 883 million pounds of non-fat dried milk] between 1998 and 2002.Because the technology used to produce MPCs was relatively new at the time, regulations approved during the 1995 Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations neglected to include MPCs. In the years since, foreign producers have taken advantage of this oversight and increased exports at a rate higher than is allowed for other dairy products.The Milk Import Tariff Equity Act would simply close this loophole and ensure that milk protein concentrates are regulated at the same level as other dairy products.Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).Source: Welch’s office. 9.29.2009last_img read more

AUDIO: Delta Queens Coach Praises NWFL Board, Sets Sights On NWPL Title

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Clifford-Aug-22.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Delta Queens coach Clifford Chukwuma has hailed the Nigeria Women Football League board led by Aisha Falode, saying that the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) has improved a lot this season.The regular season – unlike in the past – ran smoothly without any walk over and the media interest in the league also increased to a large extent.And only last week Wednesday (16 August), the first ever NWPL Super Four Championships draw was conducted in a ceremony that was attended by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.“I must tell you it’s been encouraging. There’s a lot of improvement. (As for) refereeing I have never got any course to complain, so we are really happy the way things are going,” Chukwuma stated at the NWPL Super 4 draw ceremony in Lagos.Delta Queens are one of four teams that will clash in Benin City, Edo State for the season-ending Super Four tournament which has been scheduled for 11-16 September.For a team that was in the fifth position in Group B by the end of the first round, it was really surprising to see them finish the regular season as Group leaders – overtaking Nasarawa Amazons in the process. However, it was thanks to their improved showing which saw them remain unbeaten in the second round.Nonetheless, they now have Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons to wrestle for the title.“There is no intimidation. The four teams are good enough. We are four good teams, the margin between the four teams is not wide, so I think we are good enough to play among them, we are good enough to win the league,” he asserts. RelatedBenin City To Host NWPL Super Four, Three Million Naira On OfferAugust 16, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Aisha Falode Explains NWPL Super Four PostponementSeptember 8, 2017In “NWL”NWPL Super Four draw set for WednesdayAugust 14, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more