WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin will continue to have one member on the House Agriculture Committee.
Sherwood Republican Reid Ribble was named to the panel right after he was first elected two years ago – and Chairman Frank Lucas recently gave Ribble another two-year term.
Ribble led a successful effort to continue the federal safety net for dairy farmers, as part of the bill passed by Congress last week that averted the fiscal cliff.
The Milk Income Loss Contract program was supposed to be replaced by a new insurance package in the 2012 Farm Bill that never passed.
Ribble said keeping the program in its current form would protect Wisconsin farmers in the event that milk prices drop dramatically and feed costs rise before the next Farm Bill can be approved. He also said it would prevent the so-called “dairy cliff,” in which dairy policy could have reverted back to 1949 levels – and both producer and consumer milk prices could have jumped drastically.