Release No. 061-08
Becky Unkenholz (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202)720-8998
Washington, D.C., June 17, 2008 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture today issued a final rule that adopts amendments to the Dairy Products Mandatory Reporting Program that was established on Aug. 2, 2007. The Dairy Market Enhancement Act of 2000, and certain provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to provide for timely, accurate, and reliable market information to facilitate more informed marketing decisions and promote competition in the dairy product manufacturing industry.
This program: (1) requires persons engaged in manufacturing dairy products to report certain information including the price, quantity, and moisture content where applicable, of dairy products sold by the manufacturer; and (2) requires persons storing dairy products to report information on the quantity of dairy products stored. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects such information for the program. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has implemented a plan to verify the price information submitted by dairy product manufacturing plants to NASS. Any manufacturer that processes and markets less than 1 million pounds of dairy products per year is exempt from the price reporting requirements.
AMS reviewed all comments received in response to the interim final rule and considered those comments in developing the final rule. All changes in the final rule from the interim rule concern price reporting. There are no changes concerning stock reporting. Certain products are now excluded in the reporting specifications:
- Products that are produced under faith-based close supervision and are marketed at a higher price than the manufacturer’s wholesale market price for the basic commodity.
- Dairy Export Incentive Program sales or other premium-assisted sales.
- Products certified as organic by USDA-accredited certifying agents.
Another substantive change is that in calculating the total dollars received or dollars per pound, the reporting entity shall not deduct brokerage fees or clearing charges paid by the manufacturer. Other changes have been made in organization or content for greater clarity.
The final rule appears in today’s Federal Register and becomes effective June 22, 2008. For additional information concerning dairy product price data collection, reporting and verification contact:
John R. Mengel, Chief Economist
Office of the Chief Economist
1400 Independence Ave, SW., STOP 0229
Washington, DC 20250-0229,
Tel. (202) 720-4664; email John.Mengel@usda.gov
For additional information concerning dairy products storage data collection and reporting contact:
Dan Kerestes, Chief, Livestock Branch,
1400 Independence Ave, SW., STOP 2053
Washington, DC 20250-2053,
Tel. (202) 720-3570; email Dan.Kerestes@usda.gov