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Rick Worthington FMMOs now in California too
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: November 14, 2018

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FMMOs now in California too

After more than 80 years of operating under a state-regulated milk pricing system, California will join the majority of states in the nation and operate under a federal milk marketing order.

The USDA's Greg Ibach explains what is also commonly reffered to as - "FMMO's."

The Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system was established in the 1930s to aid farmers facing low milk prices.

Ibach says the goal is to assure dairy farmers receive a reasonable minimum price for their milk and give consumers an adequate supply of milk, while preventing wild fluctuations in price through periods of heavy and light milk production.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will take over responsibility for milk pricing that had been done by the California Department of Food and Agriculture since 1935. The change was set in motion earlier this year when California dairy farmers approved the federal milk marketing order, or FMMO, in a referendum.

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