USDA Gears Up for Three California Dairy Outreach Meetings

April 21, 2015 03:42 PM
 
USDA Gears Up for Three California Dairy Outreach Meetings
At the May 5-7 meetings, USDA will explain the rule-making process for the proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order and allow proposal sponsors to explain their submissions.
 
Source: USDA
 
USDA will hold three public outreach meetings throughout California in May 2015 to provide a forum to review proposals USDA received for the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California.
 
All meetings will begin at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time) at the following locations:
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Student Union, Room 203
Corner of West 2nd and Chestnut Streets,
Chico, CA 95927
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Piccadilly Inn Airport
5115 E. McKinley Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Los Angeles County Farm Bureau
41228 12th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551
 
On Feb. 5, 2015, USDA received a proposal requesting the establishment of a California FMMO. USDA requested additional proposals by April 10, 2015, and received three, which can be viewed, along with the original proposal, on the FMMO California information website.
 
USDA will explain the FMMO rulemaking process during the outreach meetings and give proposal sponsors the opportunity to explain the technical details of their submissions. The merits of the proposals will not be discussed. USDA welcomes all interested parties to attend any or all of the meetings.
 
After the meetings, sponsors of proposals received by the deadline will be given an opportunity to submit modified proposals. Once all proposals have been analyzed, including those modified, USDA will determine whether a hearing will be held. If a hearing is to be held, USDA will publish a Notice of Hearing in the Federal Register at least 30 days before the start of the hearing.
 
Attendees may RSVP and view meeting agendas at the FMMO California outreach website. Those requiring reasonable accommodations for participation in the meetings should contact Diane Hirsch by e-mail at dhirsch@fmmaseattle.com or by phone at (425) 487-6009.

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