Dairy industry awaits outcome of FMMO hearings

Nov 30, 2023

The Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) hearings, which had taken a break since mid-October, have now restarted, bringing into focus significant issues concerning the dairy industry. Central to these hearings are the discussions on Class One and Class Two price differentials, which play a pivotal role in determining the pricing structure for dairy products. 

At the heart of the discussions is a proposal to reform the pricing mechanisms within the dairy sector. A key aspect of this reform is the proposed increase in the Class Two differential from 70 cents per hundredweight to $1.56 per hundredweight. This change is seen as a necessary step towards providing fairer compensation to dairy farmers and reflecting the modern costs of dairy production. 

The hearings are also addressing broader issues of price differentials, which have long-standing implications for the entire dairy industry. These discussions are aimed at ensuring that the pricing structures are equitable and in line with current industry standards and practices. 

However, the process of reforming the FMMO is not without its challenges. Given the complexity and importance of the issues at hand, the hearings are expected to extend into January, indicating a prolonged period before any changes can be implemented. This delay suggests that any reforms agreed upon might not come into effect until at least the beginning of 2025. 

The ongoing hearings are a crucial phase for the dairy industry, as they are set to determine the future framework of milk marketing in the United States. The outcomes of these discussions will have far-reaching implications, affecting not just dairy farmers but the entire supply chain, right down to the consumers. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection
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