California dairy co-ops petition for federal marketing order

California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Land O’Lakes, representing 80 percent of California’s milk production, have submitted a joint proposal to USDA petitioning for a federal milk marketing order in California. The co-ops submitted the proposal this week in support of their farmer-owners, seeking more equitable milk pricing for California producers as compared with milk producers in the rest of the nation, said Marie teVelde, director of communications for California Dairies Inc. Significant disparity between the state’s pricing of Class 4b milk, used to manufacture cheese, and Class III pricing for like milk in federal marketing orders initiated the effort to join the federal order system, she said. The discrepancy lies in how whey is valued in the stateĆ­s 4b pricing, she said. <more>

Feb. 6, 2015 Capital Press