MILC extension dropped from DHS appropriations.
Supporters of a two-year extension of the milk income loss contract (MILC MILC Milk Income Loss Contract
MILC Metal-Induced Lateral Crystallization
MILC Modified Intermediate Load Cycle ) program were dealt a defeat when conferees pulled the measure from the Department of Homeland Security Noun 1. Department of Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States (DHS DHS Department of Homeland Security (USA)
DHS Department of Human Services
DHS Department of Health Services
DHS Demographic and Health Surveys
DHS Dirhams (Morocco national currency) ) appropriations bill for fiscal 2005. The proposal, which was sponsored by Sen. Herb Kohl
Herbert H. Kohl (born February 7, 1935) is an American politician, business leader and philanthropist. (D-Wis.), would have extended the program past its scheduled expiration at the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2005). The amendment was estimated to cost $2.5 billion over 10 years.
Under the MILC program, all dairy farmers are potential recipients of direct government payments whenever the farm price of milk used for fluid consumption in Boston falls below $16.94 per hundredweight hun·dred·weight
n. pl. hundredweight or hun·dred·weights Abbr. cwt
1. A unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System equal to 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms). in any month. Some estimates show the total cost of the program could exceed $4 billion over its 3-1/2-year life, much higher than the original estimate of $1 billion. During the first 21 months of the program, milk prices at the farm level were sufficiently low that payments were triggered each month. During the last four months of 2003, market prices rebounded to the point that payments were not required. However, low market farm milk prices in late 2003 required direct payments to be made from January through March 2004. Some senators from Western states argue that the program does little for their larger dairy operations.
The issue has potential implications for the upcoming presidential election. President Bush endorsed the MILC extension during a campaign stop in Wisconsin, and accused his challenger, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), of working against the interests of Wisconsin dairy farmers via his support for the Northeast dairy compact The Northeast [Interstate] Dairy Compact was a controversial interstate compact created by the New England states and approved by Congress, most recently in Pub.L. 104-127, § 147 (1996), the purpose of which was to regulate the wholesale price of fluid milk in the member states and , which would disadvantage upper Midwest dairy producers.