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Ballot deadline is Dec. 22 for southeastern U.S. FMMO amendments

United States
Regulation & Compliances
Published Dec 6, 2023

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The USDA has made final amendments to the Federal Milk Marketing Orders in the southeastern US, including Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast FMMOs. These amendments will be subject to a producer referendum, and if approved by at least two-thirds of producers or two-thirds of the milk represented in the vote, the USDA will implement the changes. The amendments involve adjustments to intermarket transportation credits and the establishment of distributing plant delivery credits.
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Original content

On Dec. 4, Progressive Dairy reported that the USDA had published a “final decision” regarding regional amendments to Appalachian, Florida and Southeast Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs). Read: Weekly Digest: Final decision issued for southeast FMMOs The final decision must now be approved in a producer referendum. Producers whose milk was pooled on the three southeastern U.S. FMMOs in March 2023 must have ballots postmarked by Dec. 22 to be included in determining approval of the orders as amended. If at least two-thirds of the producers or two-thirds of the milk represented in the vote approve of the amended orders, the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will issue a final rule implementing the changes. Once ballots have been received and tallied, the USDA will either issue a final rule implementing the orders as amended or, if producers do not approve the amended orders, terminate the orders. An announcement is expected sometime in the first quarter of 2024. The ...
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