April 27 2015
It has been nearly two months since the three largest dairy cooperatives in California submitted a formal proposal to USDA to establish what would be the biggest Federal Milk Market Order (FMMO) in the...
April 10 2015
With the implementation of the five-year farm bill, agricultural minds have quickly turned their attention toward equally pressing matters including immigration reform, international trade pacts and revisions...
March 25 2015
The original request by three dairy cooperatives initiated a process that will eventually determine whether or not California joins the Federal Milk Marketing Order system, but it could take time to reach...
March 2 2015
Regarding the California FMMO piece, don't forget that the USDA is by no means obliged to give California the order language proposed by the three cooperatives. The Agricultural Marketing Agreements Act...
Feb. 23 2015
Assuming that things will go smoothly is assuming a lot. On the surface, California's February 4 request to the USDA to implement a statewide Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) looks like an easy slam-dunk
Feb. 9 2015
Forty-six years after California created a statewide milk pricing system that helped it become the largest U.S. dairy state, its three biggest cooperatives have submitted a formal request to join the Federal...
Jan. 26 2015
With another new year underway, California continues to be the largest dairy state by a wide margin, accounting for over 20 percent of all milk made in the U.S. Its dairy industry continues to have much...
Jan. 6 2014
While it's the largest federal milk marketing order (FMMO) in terms of area touching 10 states, it took only 107 farms to produce half of the order's milk, reported Central FMMO market administrators....
Nov. 18 2013
First things first. Until a farm bill gets inked, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the nation's trade association representing dairy farmers and dairy cooperatives, doesn't have plans to...
Oct. 25 2013
Latest price hike denial should be the final straw for producers.One of Albert Einstein's famous quotes is, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." It's a madness...
June 28 2013
But the latest token increase comes with a stunning admission by the ag secretary. Producer milk prices will go up 12.5 cents per hundredweight for six months in California starting July 1, the result...
May 17 2013
Authorization is included in House Ag Committee's draft of 2013 Farm Bill. The emotional and growing revolt by California milk producers against what they say is their state's inadequate and unresponsive...
May 3 2013
State Assembly Ag Committee votes 6-0 in support of better parity with FMMO values. May Day was a good day for California dairy producers – and an unusually crowded one for members of the State...
March 26 2013
In California, six members of the House introduced a bill that would allow farmers from the state to enter into the federal milk marketing system
Sept. 28 2012
It is a question that has prompted industry-wide information meetings in the past and it prompted another one last week in Tulare. Interest tends to surface during awful financial times, so it's no wonder...
Sept. 7 2012
Four of California's major dairy producer groups have decided they aren't going to keep rolling over and taking low milk prices from the state anymore. Instead they are fighting back – and hard
June 29 2012
Over the years, nothing has repeatedly brought out the spirit of cooperation between dairy cooperatives like low milk prices and tough times. Adversarial attitudes arrive when times are good, but working...