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USDA Issues Interim Final Rule Amending All Federal Milk Marketing Orders


Washington, D.C., July 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued an interim final rule amending the Class III and Class IV product price formulas in all Federal milk marketing orders.

The decision was based on testimony at USDA public hearings held in Strongsville, Ohio, (Feb. 26-March 2, 2007); Indianapolis, Ind., (April 9-13, 2007); and Pittsburgh, Pa., (July 9-11, 2007). These amendments were announced on June 20, 2008. The interim order was approved by dairy farmers in all 10 Federal milk marketing orders.

The decision amends the manufacturing allowances for cheese, butter, nonfat dry milk (NFDM) and dry whey. Specifically, this decision adopts the following manufacturing allowances: cheese - $0.2003 per pound; butter - $0.1715 per pound; NFDM - $0.1678 per pound; and dry whey - $0.1991 per pound. This decision also increases the butterfat yield factor of the butterfat price from 1.20 to 1.211.

These amendments will be effective Sept. 1, 2008.

The interim order will appear in the July 31, 2008, Federal Register. As announced on June 20, 2008, public comments and exceptions to the tentative final decision are due on or before August 19, 2008. USDA will consider the comments and exceptions and issue a final decision.

For additional information about the decision contact:

Northeast: Erik F. Rasmussen, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, P.O. Box 51478, Boston, MA 02205-1478, Tel. (617) 737-7199; email:

Appalachian: Harold H. Friedly, Jr., USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, P.O. Box 18030, Louisville, KY 40261-0030, Tel. (502) 499-0040; email:

Florida and Southeast: Sue L. Mosley, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, P.O. Box 491778, Lawrenceville, GA 30049, Tel. (770) 682-2501; email:

Upper Midwest: H. Paul Kyburz, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, Suite 210, 4570 West 77th St., Minneapolis, MN 55435-5037, Tel. (952) 831-5292; email:

Central: Robert E. Vander Linden, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, P.O. Box 14650, Shawnee Mission, KS 66285-4650, Tel. (913) 495-9300; email:

Mideast: David Z. Walker, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, P.O. Box 5102, Brunswick, OH 44212, Tel. (330) 225-4758; email:

Pacific Northwest and Arizona: James R. Daugherty, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, 1930-220th St., SE., Suite 102 Bothell, WA 98021-8471, Tel. (425) 487-6009; email:

Southwest: J. Richard Fleming, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, P.O. Box 110939, Carrollton, TX 75011-0939, Tel. (972) 245-6060; email:


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