Joel Hastings of DairyBusiness News speaks with Annie AcMoody, dairy economist with Western United Dairymen. A producer information meeting, one of three in California hosted by WUD, had just finished on Apr. 18 in Tulare, California. Dairy producers in the state are voting on a proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order. The up or down vote will close on May 5.
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The fundamental question facing California producers regarding whether to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system – given what we know about the history of the California State Order and the FMMO as we have witnessed it in the rest of the country – is which system gives us the best opportunity for a prosperous future? To answer this question, we should look at why the California State Order is what it is. When the current structure of the State Order was established in 1969, the main concern of producers was being abused by the processors.
So, we set up an order that Read More ...