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Agri-Pulse: FMMO Hearing Digs Deep into How to Reform Dairy Pricing Regulations

photo credit: New York Farm Bureau member Laura Audrey Hanehan

Since Aug. 23 in Carmel, Indiana, USDA dairy experts have heard testimony and cross-examination on four of the five major topics in the proceedings. All told, USDA is expected to consider 22 different proposals to update the way producers’ milk checks are determined. The National Milk Producers Federation has the most comprehensive proposal, but dairy processors, other dairy stakeholders and farmers have each suggested varying reforms.

The hearings recently began a six-week recess; the discussions will resume for at least two more weeks after Thanksgiving. At the end of the process, which could take another 15 to 18 months, producers will decide whether or not to approve USDA's proposed changes.

AFBF Chief Economist Dr. Roger Cryan recapped the hearing to Agri-Pulse. Read more here