(House of Representatives - June 20, 2012)

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                          NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH

  (Ms. HOCHUL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
  Ms. HOCHUL. Did any of you wake up to a nice bowl of cereal or an 
instant breakfast drink, like I did? Did you give any thought to the 
effort that went into bringing that fresh, wholesome milk to your 
table? Well, I sure do.
  Just this past week, I was visiting the Koener farm in Wyoming 
County, the largest dairy-producing county in New York State, which is 
the fourth largest producer in this great country. But I didn't go just 
to have their milk; I went to listen to their concerns. And I saw a 
mother, father, brother, sister getting up before any of us see the 
light of day to do their work, tremendously hard work; but there's a 
lot of pride in what they do.
  So as we proudly salute the millions of families across this country, 
in particular the dairy-farming families during National Dairy Month, 
we need to do more for these stewards of our national food security. We 
can give out proclamations and pay lip service to the 51,000 families 
across this Nation who supply us with these products, or we can 
actually listen to them and do something to help.
  First of all, they want a farm bill. They want certainty to know what 
the deal's going to be, not later, not later this year, but right now.
  Secondly, they need labor. That's the number one issue I hear when 
I'm visiting the Nobles and the other family farmers, the Zubers, the 
Coynes. Let's give them what they need.