Dairy farm lobbyists concede Boehner has killed proposal

Lobbyists for dairy farmers are conceding that their preferred dairy subsidy system will not be in the farm bill. 
The willingness of the lobbyists to negotiate an alternative compromise solution bodes well for the farm bill coming to a vote before the end of January in the House. 
The National Milk Producer Federation (NMPF) helped develop a combination of feed-to-milk price margin insurance and supply controls known as the Dairy Security Act. The program is in the Senate-passed farm bill but was stripped out of the House farm bill on the floor.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House MORE (R-Ohio) has made clear that he will not allow a farm bill vote if supply controls meant to bolster the price of milk are in the bill. Dairy food processors such as ice cream and cheese makers are opposed to the milk-price boosting provisions. 
“Unfortunately, the Speaker’s threat that he would not allow a vote on a farm bill containing the market stabilization program has effectively served to kill our proposal within the committee,” NMPF President Jim Mulhern conceded in a statement late Thursday.
The proposal could make insurance premium increases contingent on overproduction.
“We are now engaged in discussions with agriculture committee staff on an alternative approach to creating a dairy safety net that would contain inducements to help achieve a supply-demand balance and prevent catastrophic milk price collapses like we experienced in 2009,” Mulhern said. “At this point, it is conceivable that an alternative mechanism could be developed, relying upon adjustments to the program’s margin insurance payout structure and participant premium rates, among other options.”
So far, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the lead proponent of dairy farmer interests, has not signed off on a compromise.