USDA Releases Final Decision on Valadao’s FMMO Legislation
USDA Announces Support of Federal Order for California
oday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their final decision supporting the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order for California.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 David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.