Local farmer meets with congressmen

Freedom New Mexico

Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release.

DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill Visits. Palla is first vice chairman of DFA’s Board of Directors, a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council.

Palla met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and his staff, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., and his staff and the staff of Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., according to the release.

According to the release, DFA members encouraged Congress to pass dairy policy reform in 2011 and voiced support for Foundation for the Future, a package of dairy industry-developed policy proposals. Other topics included the dairy sector’s need for a reliable, legal labor force, as well as the importance of adapting renewable energy policy to strike a better balance among the needs of all segments of rural America, according to the release.

Palla also had the opportunity to hear from senior advisers to President Barack Obama and Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, as well as Michael Scuse, acting undersecretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.