IDP held its first online policy survey from April 30 through May 10. We were very grateful to get 61 responses, and we'd like to share the summary of those results with you.
First, there were very mixed answers for the question, "Do you believe Indiana Dairy Producers should endorse a specific dairy policy?" Of the 60 responses we received, 37% said yes, 33% said to continue providing education but do not endorse a policy, and 8% said No, with the balance unsure. At our last IDP board meeting, it was decided that this answer was not enough of a mandate to endorse specific policy, and therefore we will continue to provide education on this issue, but we will not be endorsing a specific plan.
However, a large percentage of our respondents are opposed to supply management. View the image below to see the specifics on that policy question:
With the help of Dr. Mike Schutz, we summarized the survey questions in a piece that was sent to Senators Donnelly and Coats as well as Members of Congress. You can read the IDP Dairy Policy Summary here.
Those who attended the IDP Regional Dairy meetings in Shipshewana or Decatur will remember Dr. Lance Fox and his talks on calf care. Well, Dr. Fox is a man of many talents, and we are so pleased to be able to hear him give his motivational talk "No Place but UP!", detailing his journey climbing Mount Everest and much more. Dr. Fox will speak during the evening portion of the Summer Tour on June 5 in Green Bay, Wisconsin! From one who has already heard Dr. Fox speak "This is worth the entire tour right here! One of the best talks I've ever heard!" So make plans to register for the 2013 Summer Farm & Industry Tour today! The deadline to get the guaranteed group rate for hotel reservations has now been extended until May 20, but don't delay! Download a brochure with all the details here.
This presentation is made possible by generous contributions from Hubbard Feeds and Stewart-Peterson.