Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa





Grassley Keeps in Touch with Iowa Dairy Producers

Feb 03, 1998

Grassley Keeps in Touch with Iowa Dairy Producers

Plans Town Meetings in Cresco, Decorah, Waukon, Dubuque, Manchester, Independence

Jill Kozeny


Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today announced that he will conduct six town meetings in Northeast Iowa later this month to discuss with Iowa dairy producers the recent proposal unveiled by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to reform dairy pricing and simplify the system.

Grassley said he organized the meetings to collect first-hand perspective from Iowans about the proposal, which would streamline and make the nation's 60-year-old system of pricing milk more market-oriented. Grassley said he would use the input from Iowa producers who attend the meetings, and from those who write to him, as part of the formal comment he plans to make on the proposed rule. The USDA will take public comment on the proposal through March 31.

"The 1,100-page proposal appears to have met the directive of the 1996 farm bill to consolidate existing milk marketing orders. It could take an arcane pricing system into the 21st Century by removing Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as the determining factor for milk pricing. And, it appears that most of Iowa was placed in the Central Milk Marketing Order, which should benefit most of our dairy producers," Grassley said.

Specifically, Grassley said he wants to hear directly from Iowa producers if they think the new proposal would make the pricing system more fair and equitable for them. Grassley's meetings are scheduled in mid-February, as follows. The public is invited to attend, along with dairy producers, to ask questions or express concerns on any subject.

Monday, February 1610:00-11:00 a.m.

The Office of the Howard County Farm Bureau

124 First Avenue West, Cresco, 319/547-2937

1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Office of the Winneshiek County Farm Bureau

214 Winnebago Street, Decorah, 319/382-8713

2:45-3:45 p.m.

The Office of the Allamakee County Farm Bureau

14 First Avenue, N.E., Waukon, 319/568-2527

8:00-9:00 p.m.

The Office of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau

2333 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, 319/556-5275

Tuesday, February 17

10:00-11:00 a.m.

The Office of the Delaware County Farm Bureau

115 East Delaware Street, Manchester, 319/927-3815

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Pizza Ranch

1900 First Street W., Independence, 319/334-9000