American Dairy Coalition Inc.
PO Box 10976, Green Bay, WI 54307-0976
Phone:  1.920.965.6070
Email: ​info@americandairycoalitioninc.com 

Blizzard-Impacted Farmers Need to Take Action​

ADC Founder, Laurie Fischer and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan

  • Introduce coalition members and our issues to key federal and state policy makers and educate them about ADC’s objectives and why our objectives are so critical to the future of dairy farming in the United States

  • ​​Real-time updates to coalition members on critical federal policy changes, regulatory rules, and farm situations

​​Your Trusted Voice

We are the voice of progressive, modern dairy, livestock and agriculture farmers in the nation. 
​We are an industry organization led by farmers.  This ensures that those most affected by governmental policy have a vehicle to protect their interests and ensure the growth and future livelihood of the industry. The American Dairy Coalition focuses on federal dairy, agriculture, and livestock policy.  Successful policy making, in order to best serve our industry, must start in Washington.  We focus only on top priority issues in order to remain nimble and quickly adapt to the ever-changing federal policy making environment.  To ensure the dairy, livestock and agriculture industry’s voice is heard, a consistent presence on a federal level is vital, not only to make sure the right policies are passed, but to ensure they remain protected from activists' attempts to overturn them.

OUR GOALS.

INDUSTRY POLICY NEWS

Representing the united voice for America's milk producers, processors and supply chain committed to growth and expansion through federal dairy policy and growing worldwide demand for American dairy products.

April 23, 2018 - In an effort to speed up potential relief efforts for farmers impacted by Wisconsin’s recent Blizzard Evelyn, the Wisconsin-based American Dairy Coalition (ADC) is asking those who sustained damage to contact their Farm Service Agency (FSA) office immediately.

Officials will quantify the damage reports and estimate the losses on a county-by-county basis. The totals will be provided to Gov. Scott Walker to use as the criteria for possible monetary assistance from state and/or federal resources.

“Time is of the essence,” said Laurie Fischer, ADC chief executive officer. “Whether they are facing collapsed structures, lost milk production, high insurance deductibles, animal losses or other situations, farmers need to get their damages on the record with their local FSA office. Just one phone call could have a big impact down the road.”

Those assessing damages need to look beyond current losses not covered by insurance, Fischer noted, and consider the longer-term economic losses that will impact future business profitability. 

The ADC recommends farmers include in their assessments:

• Collapsed building roofs: Total footage damaged, as well as structural damage to the remainder of the building that did not collapse; cost of cleanup and short-term fixes to keep parlors running.

• Animal Injury: Injuries to cows, death of cows, cows culled, the percentage of cows in the future to be culled as a result of the blizzard and the loss per culled cow, as well as impact to future milking herd

• Deductibles and Insurance Coverage: How much of your building will be covered? Will you receive any coverage for the replacement of the weakened structure? Are you required to pay a deductible and, if so, how much?

• Impact during rebuilding process: Increased risk of mastitis, breeding complications or disruptions, veterinarian costs, additional labor needed.

• Costs incurred from transporting animals, feed or milk

• Milk lost

• Recovery timelines: What is the realistic time frame in which your operation will return to normal function?

The American Dairy Coalition will continue to monitor this information and will keep you up to date on developments and information as they become available. Contact info@americandairycoalitioninc.com with questions.

​​​3/20/18 Update:
​​An Immigration Fix for Ag Still Possible
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) recently sat down with AgDay TV host Clinton Griffiths to discuss his bill, the Agricultural Guestworker Act. This bill creates a new, workable agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranchers and is also contained in the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760).
Watch video and learn more here.


1/11/18 Update:
​​Agriculture Guest Worker Provision Added to the “Securing America’s Future Act”
The American Dairy Coalition is very pleased to announce an Agriculture Guestworker Provision has been added to the “Securing America’s Future Act”. Along with this guestworker provision for the dairy, livestock and agriculture industry, the bill bolsters enforcement of existing immigration laws. It is vital to our industry that this guestworker provision is workable and allows current unlawful workers and additional new workers a legal status which allows them to work at agricultural facilities.  ADC understands the importance of getting this language right and is working closely with Chairman Goodlatte’s office and other trade associations on additional improvements.
 
The Securing America's Future Act includes numerous reforms to enforce immigration laws and secure the border with the following provisions: 

-Authorizing a border wall construction
-Secures ports of entry
-Adds additional Border Patrol Agents
-Makes E-Verify mandatory
-Removes dangerous criminals
-Provides individuals who received deferred action on the basis of being brought to the U.S. as minors get a 3-year renewable legal status allowing them to work and travel overseas (without advance parole).

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), House Judiciary Committee Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), and House Homeland Security Committee Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R- Ariz.) jointly introduced this bill (H.R. 4760). 

Learn more about the Securing America's Future Act

For more than 20 years, the members of the American Dairy Coalition have looked to our federal government to fix our broken immigration system. As dairy producers who provide consumers around the world with nutritious, safe and affordable dairy products, more manpower than ever is needed to milk the cows, tend the fields and keep the dairy industry viable.
 
These low-skilled, but vitally important jobs, are passed up by domestic workers time and time again — regardless of increased starting wages and benefit packages. These unfilled jobs are important for creating the higher-skilled jobs that employ thousands and thousands of domestic workers.
 
The bottom line: If dairy producers cannot find the labor they need, our nation must either import workers or import dairy products from foreign countries. Outsourcing our dairy industry would be devastating for not only the dairy industry, but for all domestic workers employed by the economic generation of the dairy industry. 
 
The dairy industry currently does not have the means to utilize a visa program. This puts the dairy industry at a distinct disadvantage, and puts the jobs of American citizens who support the dairy industry at risk. 



Learn more about ADC's immigration priorities here.

Keeping the H2C Dream Alive
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC | Farm Journal's MILK


ADC assures farmers help is on the way
​Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  ​Midwest Agriculture Almanac


An Immigration Fix for Ag Still Possible

Clinton Griffiths  |  AgDay TV


Modified AG Act provides means to secure reliable labor force
Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Wisconsin State Farmer


Telling your story could be the key to securing a reliable labor force
Laurie Fischer, ADC | Progressive Dairyman


Tidal wave of sewage reveals disconnect between press, farmers
Bill Eberle  |  Wisconsin State Farmer


Livestock emissions reporting delayed until May 1
​Jacqui Fatka  |  Feedstuffs


Disaster Bill Could Make Passing the Farm Bill “Easier”
Anna-Lisa Laca  |  Farm Journal's MILK  


Trump: We are putting an end to regulatory assault on farming

AGDAILY


Dairy Coalition Likes Tax Reform Bill
Larry Lee  |  Brownfield Ag News


​Conaway, Peterson Hope to Lift LGM-Dairy Cap Before New Year
​Larry Lee  |  Brownfield Ag News


Conaway Optimistic About Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill
DairyBusiness News Team


House Ag Committee Chairman Conaway Speaks To American Dairy Coalition Members
​American Dairy Coalition - Press Release


American Dairy Coalition Requests FDA Address Plant Based Labels
American Dairy Coalition - Press Release


​Bills could impact dairy industry’s future
American Dairy Coalition
​Featured in Midwest Agriculture Almanac


Livestock operations told not to start reporting air emissions
​Jacqui Fatka  |  Feedstuffs


Farm air emissions reporting delay sought
​Jacqui Fatka  |  Feedstuffs


Guestworker bill moves to full House
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
Carol Ryan Dumas  |  Capital Press


Could the Agricultural Guestworker Act be the answer the dairy industry has waited for?
Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Progressive Dairyman


Ag Guest Worker Act Details Explained
Featuring commentary ​from Laurie Fischer, ADC
​Jim Dickrell  |  AgWeb


ADC AG Act Support Letter


ADC Dairy RP Program Support Letter


Ag Community Has Waited Too Long for a Workable Guestworker Program
Rep. Bob Goodlatte  |  AgWeb


ADC Letter to EPA Regarding Electric Pathway

John Jacobs, ADC President

 

​MPP: What You Need To Know

Anna-Lisa Laca |  Farm Journal's MILK

​Dairy groups anticipate year-round guestworker bill
Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC
Carol Ryan Dumas  |  Capital Press


Bill Would Create New Visa Category

Featuring commentary from Laurie Fischer, ADC​

Mike Opperman |  Farm Journal's MILK

House Approps approves H2A, a farm group opposes
Tri-State Livestock News


Dairy industry waits for federal government to act on immigration

Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Midwest Agriculture Almanac


Rep. Ken Buck says his visa bill is focused on labor reality, not fear

David O. Williams  |  The Tribune

 

​​​Yes, but who is going to milk the cows?

Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Ron Johnson introduces bill to create state-run guest worker program
​Jessie Opoien  |  The Capital Times


Allow peaceful, law-abiding working immigrants out of the shadows
​Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  The Hill


​​​DAIRY Act expands H-2A for year-round use

Jacqui Fatka  |  Feedstuffs

​​Rep. Duffy introduces new immigration reform policy
​Wisconsin State Farmer


Dairy farmers focused on policy and price at Central Plains Dairy Expo
Michelle Rock  |  Agweek

​Dairy Groups Calls Labor Shortage a Crisis, Wants Immigration Reform​ (article + audio)

WNAX Radio  |  Featuring Laurie Fischer, ADC


Are you protected?

​​Laurie Fischer, ADC  |  Progressive Dairyman


200 Organizations Remind President of Rural Infrastructure Needs
Press Release from Farm Credit Council
​Letter signed by ADC



OUR CURRENT TOP PRIORITY: IMMIGRATION ISSUES.

OUR MISSION.

OUR COMMITMENT.

  • Sustain a reliable stable workforce (a dairy guest worker program)

  • Protect dairy business investment and create greater certainty for development (streamline and reduce EPA overreach)​

  • Increase consumer trust and confidence in milk through innovation, entrepreneurship and compassion