Jindal "Open Doors" with Dairy Industry Great Success
Washington, Jun 2 - Tangipahoa, LA - Congressman Jindal (LA-01) today hosted more than 200 people for an open conversation about the dairy industry in Louisiana and ways that Congress can continue to support the dairy farmers of the state. The event proved extremely popular and was considered a great success by all present.
"It's a pleasure to be here, surrounded by so many hard working dairy farmers," Jindal said of the event. "Dairy farming has been a tradition in Louisiana more years than can be recounted. It is more a way of life than a business. Yet, it is too often overlooked as we talk about ways to help farming and the economy in our great state. However, I refuse to overlook the wonderful benefits we receive from our dairy farmers."
The event, which took place at H & S Dairy Farm in Tangipahoa and coincided with the local Tangipahoa Parish Dairy Day, was designed as the beginning of a long-term discussion between family farmers and others in dairy industry and Congressman Jindal. Intended as an hour long session, the event ran well past the allotted time with numerous ideas about how to revitalize the industry and ensure the long term profitability of dairy production discussed.
"There is no magic bullet that will bring dairy farming in Louisiana back to the strengths of its heyday," Jindal continued, "but there is much we can do. There were many great ideas discussed here today and I look forward to bringing them back to Washington and putting them into effect. Already I have signed on to cosponsor the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act, which gives Louisiana's dairy farmers the same protection and support in the international trade market that other countries are giving their farmers. Additionally, the Milk Income Loss Compensation Program expires in September and we need to make sure the protections this program provides to the dairy industry are continued and strengthened."
Congressman Jindal will hold a similar "Open Doors" on Friday with firefighters from the First District at the Abita Springs Fire Station.