Alachua County Dairy Farmer Testifies to Senate Ag Subcommittee

June 2024

American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee chair and Alachua County dairy farmer Kevin Lussier testified to the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on commodities, risk management and trade on Tuesday, June 4 in Washington, D.C.  

During his testimony, Lussier shared the importance of helping the next generation of farmers by providing access to credit, risk management protection through Rural Development programs, and a safety net, specifically for dairy farmers like himself.  

Dairy farming is not just a job for me; it is a way of life, a heritage that I am proud to carry forward and one that I hope to pass on to my own children one day,” said Lussier. “However, the challenges facing young farmers today are daunting, and without adequate support and creativity from producers, the future of American dairy farming—and other small family farms like mine—is at risk.” 

These programs are crucial to farmers and are encompassed in the farm bill that expired in 2023 and is up for reauthorization.  

Watch Lussier’s testimony here.