Dairy Marketing Orders

USDA, Dairy Farmers Mark Start of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order

Release No.: 163-18

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2018—U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Greg Ibach joined dairy farmers in Tulare County, Calif., on November 7 to celebrate implementation of the new California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) that went into effect November 1, 2018. California is the largest milk-producing state in the country.

USDA Issues Final Rule on Reimbursement to Florida Milk Handlers and Producers Affected by Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service today announced in a final rule published in the Federal Register its adoption of amendments to the Florida Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). The amendments implement a temporary assessment on Class I milk. Revenues collected through the assessment will be disbursed to handlers and producers who incurred extraordinary marketing costs and losses due to Hurricane Irma.

Milk in California: Establishment of Federal Milk Marketing Order

Docket Number: AMS–DA–14–0095
Dates: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will conduct a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. on April 10, 2018, to explain and answer questions relating to how the proposed California FMMO contained in this proposed rule, if adopted, would operate and review the producer referendum process that will be followed to obtain producer approval of the proposed rule.


USDA Judicial Officer Ratifies California Federal Milk Marketing Order Proceedings

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.

Stakeholder Call - Additional Explanation on Delay of California Federal Milk Marketing Order

On February 6, USDA issued a Notice (pdf) delaying the California federal milk marketing order proceeding.  

On Tuesday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m Eastern (1:00 p.m. Pacific) USDA will host a conference call for stakeholders with Stephen Vaden, Office of the General Counsel, to further explain the reasoning behind the delay. 

Call in:  888-844-9904
Access Code: 6201946

USDA Launches MARS, Delivering Market Data to Agricultural Producers Around the Globe Faster and Easier

Release No.: 019-18

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology to present detailed data sets in a more customer-focused way to better support competitive markets for producers and help stabilize food prices for American families.