Milk Orders Final Decision Announced By USDA

Chuck Zimmerman

USDAUSDA has announced a final decision to amend the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas Milk Orders.

he U. S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final decision that adopts amendments to the current provisions of the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas milk marketing orders. This decision is based on testimony and evidence given at a public hearing held at Tempe, Ariz., beginning on Sept. 23, 2003; reconvened and continuing at Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 17, 2003, and reconvened and concluding at Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 23, 2004. The decision establishes a three million pound per month route disposition limit, which if exceeded, would subject a producer-handler to the pooling and pricing provisions of the Pacific Northwest and the Arizona-Las Vegas milk marketing orders.

The final decision will be published in the Dec. 9 Federal Register. USDA will conduct a vote to determine producer approval. If producers approve the order as amended by the final decision, a final rule will follow to implement the changes.

For additional information about the decision contact:

James R. Daughtery, Market Administrator USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs 1930-220th Street, S.E., Suite 102 Bothell, Washington 98021-8471 Tel. (425) 487-6009.

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