For Immediate Release Contact: Dan Smith
April 10, 2001 (802) 229-1941
Northeast Dairy Compact Commission Holds Fifth
Anniversary Annual Meeting; Senator
Jeffords, Congressman Sanders and Governor Dean in Attendance
The annual meeting of the Northeast Dairy Compact
Commission marking the fifth anniversary of the Compact’s establishment will
be held tomorrow in Vermont. Beginning
with this meeting in Vermont, the Commission will be hold its monthly meetings
in each of the six New England states to correspond with the schedule for the
Congressional re-approval process.
Senator James M. Jeffords, Congressman Bernard Sanders,
Governor Howard Dean and a representative of Senator Patrick J. Leahy will be in
attendance after lunch, and discuss the Compact Commission’s operations with
members of the Commission as part of the meeting.
“The Dairy Compact has been my primary legislative
initiative for 14 years,” said Compact Commissioner Bobby Starr, former
long-time Chair of the Vermont House of Agriculture and one of the Compact’s
original legislative sponsors. “The Compact Commission has fulfilled my
expectations with its work these past five years,
and I am proud to be celebrating this milestone in Vermont where it all
Since taking effect in 1997, the Compact price regulation
has returned $140 million to dairy farmers in New England and New York who
supply the New England marketplace.
“There is no question the Compact has had a positive
impact on dairy farms and rural economies throughout the northeast,” said
commission member Harold Howrigan.
“The Compact is subject to Congressional review this
year,” said Executive Director Dan Smith. “The Commission is presently
devoting its primary resources toward preparing a Compact Impact Report for
presentation to Congress to assist with its review.
We will outline the report at tomorrow’s meeting and present some
At 2 p.m.
Governor Dean’s weekly press conference will immediately follow the meeting.
He will be joined by the Vermont Congressional delegation, Compact Commission
chair Mae Schmidle and by the Vermont Commission delegation.
“I am extremely pleased with the progress of the Compact
and what it has been able to do for New England’s consumers, producers and
processors,” said Schmidle. “I’m proud we’ve been able to overcome any
and all of the legal challenges. I look forward to much more progress in the
next five years.”
The meeting will be held in the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100
State Street, Montpelier beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11.