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USDA Deliberates on Federal Milk Marketing Orders

USA 01.04.2024
Source: The DairyNews
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As the USDA continues its assessment of federal milk marketing orders, insights from Kevin Krentz, a member of the American Farm Bureau's national dairy committee, shed light on the ongoing process and its implications for dairy farmers.
USDA Deliberates on Federal Milk Marketing Orders
According to Krentz, the instructional hearing phase has concluded, marking a transition to awaiting USDA proposals for the future of federal milk marketing orders. He emphasizes that while the process may seem slow, it involves multiple intricate steps, with USDA currently navigating the sixth out of twelve phases. Anticipating the release of proposals around mid-summer, Krentz underscores the significance of dairy farmers staying informed and vigilant for forthcoming announcements.

In light of potential changes, Krentz urges farmers to conduct thorough research to understand the implications for their individual operations. He emphasizes the critical importance of recognizing how any USDA proposal could impact their farms, stressing that the outcome of the eventual vote will determine the fate of federal orders.

Highlighting the potential ramifications of changes to federal orders, Krentz outlines concerns regarding milk payment structures and quality verification processes. He emphasizes the collaborative efforts between the Farm Bureau and the University of Wisconsin Extension to ensure effective communication with farmers once USDA outlines its proposed course of action.

As the USDA's evaluation progresses, dairy farmers are urged to remain engaged and informed, recognizing the pivotal role these decisions may play in shaping the future of their livelihoods.
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