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Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
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Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

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158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
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Fax: (814) 842-3367
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Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
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Metzgar, Policy Committee Hear Testimony on Milk Pricing Crisis in Pennsylvania
1/12/2010

The House Republican Policy Committee heard testimony from a variety of witnesses today during a hearing in Berlin hosted by Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Bedford/Somerset) and led by committee chairman Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York).

 

“The precipitous decline in milk and dairy product prices is prompting action on the part of all stakeholders, and we heard from a number of them today,” said Metzgar. “We are continuing to work hard on this issue and want to hear from more people as we develop legislation to try and make conditions better across the board.”

 

“Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers are in the midst of a serious financial crisis,” said Republican Policy Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York).  “Industry experts estimate that famers are losing an average of $100 per cow per day.  That is simply unsustainable.  If the Legislature and the Milk Marketing Board do not act quickly to address this problem, Pennsylvania could lose as many as 30 percent of our dairy farmers.”

 

The sharp decline in milk prices has created a financial hardship for dairy farmers in Pennsylvania, with some of that being caused by the worldwide economic recession. There is some help from the federal government, but witnesses are hoping that the Commonwealth can assist in improving conditions for the dairy sector, which is part of the largest overall industry in Pennsylvania-agriculture.

 

Testimony was provided by a wide range of farmers and industry experts including;

 

  • Harold Shaulis, vice chair of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program and a local dairy farmer.
  • Glenn Stoltzfus, Somerset County Farm Bureau president and a local dairy farmer.
  • Dave De Santis of the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board.
  • Department of Agriculture Chief Counsel D. Holbrook Duer.
  • Daniel Brandt, director of the Pennsylvania State Holstein Association and a Lebanon County Farm Bureau board member.
  • Tom Cromer, secretary/treasurer and mid-east region chairman of the Dairy Farmers of America and a local dairy farmer.

Metzgar will be introducing his bill called the Dairy Product Labeling Act, in order to help provide increased demand for safe, quality Pennsylvania dairy products.

 

“I believe it is imperative that we take whatever steps we can as a Commonwealth to help our dairy producers overcome the financial hurdles that have been placed in their way, which will also help consumers in the long-run,” said Metzgar. “This involves bringing everyone together to better market the dairy products produced in Pennsylvania.”

 

A cross-section of House Republican Caucus leaders and members were in attendance, including Republican Whip Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Caucus Secretary Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) and Reps. Donna Oberlander (R-Armstrong/Clarion), Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), Mike Reese (R-Fayette/Westmoreland), Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland), Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Mark Keller (R-Perry/Franklin).

 

The hearing comes as Pennsylvania celebrates its agricultural heritage through the annual Farm Show, taking place in Harrisburg this week.

 

Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 443-4230
Contact:  Raymond Smith

House Republican Public Relations

rsmith@pahousegop.com

(717) 705-1834

Member Site:  RepMetzgar.com

Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com