The University of Connecticut study simply affirms what we have known
since the Northeast Dairy Compact was first instituted: the compact is good
for consumers and gives farmers a fair shake.
As the fight to renew the compact gears up on Capitol Hill, the release
this study could not come at a better time. Compact opponents have
launched an all-out public relations offensive to convince us that the dairy
compact is behind the rise in milk prices. Foes of the compact are
well-organized and their pockets are deep, but their well-financed
smokescreen cannot obscure the facts.
Supermarket chains and large dairy processors are using the compact as
excuse to inflate milk prices, attempting to drive a wedge between farmers
and consumers in the process. But, as this study clearly shows, market
abuses and increasing consolidation in the dairy industry are the true
culprits, not dairy farmers or our compact.