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Valadao Statement On USDA California Federal Milk Marketing Order Proposals Hearing

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Washington, September 22, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the USDA began the first stage of their federal hearing on Proposals for a California Federal Milk Marketing Order in Clovis, California.
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Today, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began the first stage of their federal Hearing on Proposals for a California Federal Milk Marketing Order in Clovis, California.

Under current California dairy pricing structures, dairy producers face an unfair disadvantage in the federal market place. Many California dairy producers have expressed interest in entering the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs), the guidelines under which dairy processors purchase fresh milk from dairy farmers providing milk for a marketing area, therefore providing stability in the fresh milk market.

In response to constituent concerns, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced bipartisan legislation addressing California's struggling dairy industry in March 2013. H.R. 1396; the California Federal Milk Marketing Order Act aimed to allow California dairy producers to petition the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to be considered to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order.

During the drafting of the 2013 Farm Bill, Congressman Valadao worked directly with Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03) and other Members of the House Agriculture Committee to ensure inclusion of his FMMO legislation in the 2013 Farm Bill paving the way for this USDA hearing today.

“After hearing from dairy producers throughout the Central Valley, it became clear that there was a role for the federal government to play in this process,” said Congressman Valadao. “Ultimately, my legislation allowed for this open and transparent process, which will enable California dairymen to have the final say regarding their own pricing system.” 

This hearing is open to the public and all interested persons are welcome to attend and participate, especially California dairy farmers. To receive updates regarding the hearing follow the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Twitter feed at @USDA_AMS. For individuals who wish to testify, you must be physically present. For more information on how to participate please contact Congressman Valadao’s office at (559) 582-5526 or visit ams.usda.gov/caorder. You may also listen to the audio feed of the hearing online at tinyurl.com/CAMilkHearing.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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