Valadao Statement On USDA California Federal Milk Marketing Order Proposals Hearing
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.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.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.