California Cooperatives Resubmit Emergency Class 4b Petition

December 5, 2012 11:11 AM
California Cooperatives Resubmit Emergency Class 4b Petition

Petition amended to request a discretionary hearing and reduce timeframe of modified Class 4b milk pricing formula to six months.

Source: California Dairies Inc. news release

Steadfast in the pursuit of short-term relief for California dairy producers, California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), Dairy Farmers of America-Western Area (DFA) and Land O’Lakes, Inc. (LOL) have elected to resubmit their petition to the California Department of Food and Agriculture requesting an emergency public hearing to consider a temporary change to the Class 4b pricing formula.

The proposed change would increase the value of whey as contained in the California Class 4b pricing formula to mirror that of the federal Class III pricing formula. The petition was amended to specifically request a discretionary hearing. The revised petition also adjusts the amount of time that the modified Class 4b milk pricing formula would remain in place from 12 months to six months.

“The financial plight of California dairy producers continues to deteriorate as a result of unsustainable margins, which are being influenced by milk prices that do not reflect the full value of whey as compared to the federal milk marketing orders,” CDI said in today’s news release. “CDI, in coordination with DFA and LOL, remains committed to developing solutions that will allow dairy producers to survive in the short-term and that assure the long-term sustainability of the California dairy industry.

The Secretary has 15 days to respond to the petition’s hearing request. If a hearing is granted, it could be held as early as mid-January.

CDI is the largest member-owned milk marketing and processing cooperative in California producing 43 percent of California’s milk. Co-owned by more than 420 dairy producers who ship more than 17 billion pounds of Real California Milk annually, CDI is a manufacturer of quality butter, fluid milk products and milk powders.

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