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USDA Publishes FMMO Final Rule

Valadao Legislation Becomes Reality

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Washington, June 8, 2018 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
USDA publishes the Final Rule establishing a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) to regulate milk in California, an idea first proposed by Congressman David G. Valadao in 2013.
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WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the Final Rule establishing a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) to regulate milk in California, an idea first proposed by Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) in March 2013.

Congressman Valadao stated, “As a dairy farmer myself, I experienced firsthand the serious disadvantages dealt to California dairy producers and I came to Congress to ensure Central Valley farmers and ranchers had a voice in Washington.” He continued, “Ultimately, my FMMO legislation provided an open and transparent process, in which California farmers had the final say regarding their own pricing system. Most importantly, implementation of a new pricing system will help California dairy farms compete on the national level, expand their operations, and create greatly needed jobs right here in the Central Valley.”  

After counting all votes of the referendum, conducted between April 2, 2018 through May 5, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service confirmed passage of the referendum and published the Final Rule on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Effective on October 17, 2018, the Final Rule establishes a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. The published rule, can be found here.

BACKGROUND
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. In 2013, Congressman Valadao successfully inserted his FMMO legislation into the 2013 Farm Bill, triggering 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.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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