The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday on a federal marketing order for raisins will likely have little effect on Federal Milk Marketing Orders.
The raisin marketing order affects prices by limiting supplies. California raisin raisers Marvin and Laura Horne contested the order, claiming the raisin quota was outdated and ineffective.
Milk marketing orders, in contrast, regulate milk prices by establishing minimum prices processors must pay all participating dairy farmers. The prices are established through complex formulas, but are based on actual market prices. No milk is dumped or marketings curtailed as a way to bolster prices.