USDA Judicial Officer Ratifies California Federal Milk Marketing Order Proceedings

March 19, 2018

On March 8, 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture Judicial Officer William G. Jenson ratified the rulemaking proceedings in the Department’s consideration of a request to create a California Federal Milk Marketing Order. USDA notified interested parties in the rulemaking and also published notice of the ratification in March 19, 2018, Federal Register.

Secretary Sonny Perdue initiated the Judicial Officer’s review of the Administrative Law Judge action in the rulemaking proceedings because of a pending Supreme Court case which may bring into question the use of Administrative Law Judges by federal agencies, including USDA.

Now that the ratification is complete, USDA will proceed with issuing a final decision.

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