Statement on USDA Recommendation to Establish CA FMMO
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s recommendation to establish a California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO).
“For years I have advocated and worked hard to give California dairy producers the opportunity to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order,” said Rep. Costa. “Finally, the United States Department of Agriculture released a proposal that would allow California's dairy producers to make their own determination of what is best for California’s dairy industry. Dairy producers have the opportunity to evaluate what joining the Federal Milk Marketing Order system will mean for their bottom line. I will continue working with California’s dairymen and cooperatives as they assess the USDA proposal and decide on the merits of remaining independent or joining the 10 other Federal Milk Marketing Orders around the country.”
In 2013, Rep. Costa joined in introducing the California Federal Milk Marketing Act to allow California dairy producers to decide if they want to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order. Rep. Costa advocated for the provisions in the legislation during Farm Bill negotiations, and the legislation was included in the 2014 Farm Bill.