USDA Announces Approval of California Federal Milk Marketing Order
June 13, 2018
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on June 7 that California dairy producers approved a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for the entire state of California.
The new California FMMO will be implemented on Oct. 17 with the publication of the Announcement of Advanced Prices and Pricing Factors. Affected parties must comply with all provisions beginning Nov. 1. USDA will work over the next few months to educate handlers who will be regulated by the new FMMO.
California represents over 18 percent of all U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order administered by California Department of Agriculture (CDFA). Once this new FMMO is established, over 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply will fall under the FMMO regulatory framework.