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USDA Releases Final Decision on Valadao’s FMMO Legislation

USDA Announces Support of Federal Order for California

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Washington, March 30, 2018 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
oday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their final decision supporting the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order for California.
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WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their final decision supporting the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order for 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), a dairy pricing mechanism, which would allow California dairy to compete on a level playing field with the rest of the United States.

In response to constituent concerns, U.S. 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 allowed California dairy producers to petition the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order.

During the drafting of the 2013 Farm Bill, Congressman Valadao worked directly with the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee to ensure inclusion of his FMMO legislation in the 2013 Farm Bill.

As a result of Congressman Valadao’s legislation, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service began moving forward with California FMMO rule making.

Congressman Valadao said, “California dairy producers are at a serious disadvantage in comparison to producers throughout the United States. Under the current pricing system, dairies throughout California have closed down, resulting in fewer employment opportunities in the community.” He went on, “As California’s largest agriculture industry, dairy production contributes greatly to the economy of our state as well as the regional economy of the Central Valley – it’s only right dairy producers have a say regarding their pricing system.”

Following the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service final decision, affected producers will now be eligible to vote through their cooperatives bloc. In order to implement the Order, two thirds of producers must vote in support.

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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