Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
For Immediate Release: September 5, 2018
(Harrisburg) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) asked the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) to keep the Class I over-order premium price for milk at $0.75 per hundredweight and to maintain the current formula for determining the fuel premium add-on for the six-month period beginning October 1, 2018.
During testimony before PMMB, Farm Bureau noted that milk prices remain depressed and that the cycle of four consecutive years of low prices is threatening the viability of dairy farmers across the Commonwealth.
“The dairy industry is in dire straits and Farm Bureau would like to ask for a higher premium, but we are realistic about the current challenges of moving milk,” said Somerset County dairy farmer Glenn Stoltzfus, who is a member of PFB’s State Board of Directors and chairman of its State Dairy Committee.
Stoltzfus, who operates Pennwood Farms in partnership with three of his brothers, said he and many other dairy farmers who were optimistic about a possible recovery in 2018 are now much less optimistic.
“We are in survival mode on our farm and this is mirrored on many dairy farms across Pennsylvania. Since 2016, dairy farmers have been facing serious financial challenges and I’m sorry to say, I don’t see that changing anytime soon,” concluded Stoltzfus.
The over-order premium and the fuel adjuster add-on mandated by PMMB are assessed on Class I (fluid) milk that is produced, processed and sold entirely within Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.