Capitol Roundup is NC Farms Bureau’s weekly video and email report that summarizes key legislative developments and explains in clear terms how those developments affect agriculture.
Milk Commission Revival Considered
The N.C. House Agriculture Committee considered a bill last week that would revive the N.C. Milk Commission, which ceased operations in the 1990’s after several lawsuits related to interstate commerce. The committee discussed the pros and cons of having a state commission that would control the prices paid to dairy farmers and possibly control the price of retail milk. They also discussed the need for dairy farmers to find solutions for the poor economic outlook for their sector of agriculture. No votes were taken on the proposed bill.
The N.C. Senate held no voting sessions last week, and no public progress has been reported on efforts to pass a new state budget. The state continues to be funded under a statutory continuing resolution.
And finally, SB 315, the N.C. Farm Act of 2019, remained in the N.C. House Rules Committee with no action taken last week.