The Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) has requested Governor Jay Nixon call for a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to address the current crisis facing Missouri's dairy producers.
"Since our Aug. 12 request, for a one time emergency payment from Federal stimulus money to Missouri's dairy producers, we have been told that Governor Nixon needs the General Assembly's authority so therefore we have asked the Governor to call for a special session to address the current crisis facing dairy producers," said Larry Purdom, MDA President and a producer from Purdy.
"Our situation has not improved and the expectations for a better milk price for producers may not occur until next spring," said Purdom. "Missouri's dairy producers are losing thousands of dollars, and the impact on the economy of Missouri is staggering. Prices received by dairymen are at a historic bottom, currently averaging about $5 per hundredweight below production costs.
"We need action now for many of us to survive and to be able to continue to supply Missouri consumers with a wholesome, locally produced milk supply," Purdom conti ued. "Our request to Governor Nixon for a one time emergency payment of $2 per hundredweight on January through June milk production would pump $16.48 million into Missouri's rural economy with an extended impact of $115.36 million to $164.8 million."
Dave Drennan, MDA executive director, said other states are looking at the federal stimulus money as a way to help dairy producers.