New legislation to expand access to dairy products

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American Dairy Association North East, representing over 10,000 dairy farmers, and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)

Editor’s note: This article previously contained information regarding the DAIRY PRIDE Act, S.792. All information has been removed as it has yet to be introduced by Congressman Peter Welch.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWTI) — New legislation has been introduced in the House aiming to help expand access to dairy products nationwide.

A new piece of legislation, the GIVE MILK Act, H.R.807, has goals to expand the United States Department of Agriculture access to dairy products for nutrition programs.

Specifically according to Congress, the GIVE MILK Act revises the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It would allow WIC participants to receive nonfat milk, 1% low-fat milk, 2% reduced-fat milk, or whole milk.

The GIVE MILK Act was introduced in August 2020 and referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

NY-21 Congresswoman Elise Stefanik the bill and released statements regarding the legislation.

Congresswoman Stefanik stated, “the GIVE MILK Act and DAIRY PRIDE Act are bipartisan, common-sense solutions that will improve the dairy industry and simultaneously help North Country families, consumers, families and farmers.”

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