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USDA Issues Final Decision on Amendments to Milk Orders

AMS No. 013-13


Sam Jones-Ellard (202)660-2268


WASHINGTON, February 7, 2013 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a final decision proposing permanent amendments to all Federal milk marketing orders.


The decision proposes a permanent adoption of changes that are currently implemented on an interim basis. The amendments are based on the record of public hearing sessions held in 2007 in Strongsville, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.


This decision would permanently adopt changes to the manufacturing cost allowances and the butterfat yield factor used in Class III and Class IV product-price formulas applicable to all Federal milk marketing orders.


These amendments were adopted in an interim final rule in July 2008 and became effective in October 2008. This document also terminates the proceeding with regard to additional proposals that addressed the collection of manufacturing cost information, the use of an energy cost adjustor, and providing for a cost add-on feature to Class III and Class IV product-price formulas.


The amendments finalized by this decision require producer approval.


For additional information about the decision contact:


Northeast: Erik F. Rasmussen
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 51478, Boston, MA 02205-1478
Tel. (617) 737-7199; email: erasmussen@fedmilk1.com


Appalachian: Harold H. Friedly, Jr.
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 91528, Louisville, KY 40291-0528
Tel. (502) 499-0040; email: friedly@malouisville.com


Florida and Southeast: Shawn Boockoff
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
1550 North Brown Road, Suite 120, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Tel. (770) 682-2501; email: sboockoff@fedmilk1.com


Upper Midwest: H. Paul Kyburz
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
Suite 210, 4570 West 77th St., Minneapolis, MN 55435-5037
Tel. (952) 831-5292; email: pkyburz@fmma30.com


Central: Virgil Swenson
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 14650, Shawnee Mission, KS 66285-4650
Tel. (913) 495-9300; email: virgil.swenson@fmmacentral.com


Mideast: Sharon Uther
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 5102, Brunswick, OH 44212
Tel. (330) 225-4758; email: suther@fmmaclev.com


Pacific Northwest and Arizona: William Wise
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
1930-220th St., SE., Suite 102 Bothell, WA 98021-8471
Tel. (425) 487-6009; email: WiseW@fmmaseattle.com


Southwest: Cary Hunter
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 110939, Carrollton, TX 75011-0939
Tel. (972) 245-6060; email: sw.order@dallasma.com


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