Interview with Jim Krahn, Executive Director of the Oregon Dairy Association and one of 17 members to serve on the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee. The group met in April 2010 in Washington D.C. with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. This interview was recorded prior to the meeting.
The following information is from USDA’s website.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee in August 2009. The Committee will operate under the rules of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to advise the Secretary on policy issues impacting the dairy industry.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of 17 members to serve on the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee on January 6, 2010.
The members were selected from more than 300 nominations representing producer and producer organizations, processors and processor organizations, handlers, retailers, consumers, academia and state agencies.
The purpose of the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee is to review the issues of farm milk price volatility and dairy farmer profitability and provide a report with recommendations to the secretary on how USDA can best address these issues to meet the dairy industry’s needs in the near and long term. The report also will provide feedback on the effectiveness of recent actions taken by USDA affecting the dairy industry. USDA’s Dairy Industry Advisory Committee brings the concerned public into a productive, information-gathering process to assist in developing recommendations for the development of national dairy industry and trade policies.