“Since our organization was founded we have called for California to join the federal order system and we applaud all the dairy producers across the state who voted in favor of establishing a federal order for California,” stated CDC President Joe Augusto. “In particular, we applaud the leadership of the state’s cooperatives for introducing a federal order proposal for our state and all their extensive work during the lengthy hearing process leading up to the statewide vote to establish a federal order here.” California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. and Land O’Lakes, Inc. introduced a federal milk marketing order proposal for California which began a lengthy hearing process resulting in a statewide referendum among dairy producers who voted in favor of adopting the final proposal for a California federal order.
“We commend California Representatives David Valadao, R-21, and Jim Costa, D-16, and Senator Dianne Feinstein for their leadership in passage of the “California Federal Milk Marketing Order Act” which enabled California to retain its state quota program in the federal order system which was a critical step in the process,” explained California Farmers Union (CFU) President and CDC Board Member Joaquin Contente. “We further commend USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for his leadership in setting a clear timeline for the referendum and implementation of the federal order and the extensive work of Agricultural Marketing Service Deputy Administrator Dana Coale and her staff.”
The California Dairy Campaign (CDC) is a grassroots organization of dairy farmers who are working to encourage lawmakers and the dairy industry to be more responsive to the needs of the family dairy farm in California. The CDC is a member organization of the California Farmers Union (CFU), which represents family farmers and ranchers of all commodities throughout California. CFU is the state chapter of National Farmers Union, which represents more than 200,000 farmers nationwide to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and their communities.