Following a call from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to get as many people involved in the dairy sector as possible in one room to discuss solutions to loopholes in the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) , the American Farm Bureau Federation is hosting a forum Oct. 14-16 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Federal Milk Marketing Orders Forum will include panels on various aspects of the Federal Milk Marketing Orders, followed by panel discussions structured to stimulate conversation between all parts of the dairy sector, but with a clear focus on the farmers.
Panel discussions will cover the origins and purposes of FMMOs, Class I, Class III and Class IV pricing issues, and the simplification of FMMOs.
“Significant changes to the FMMO system are long overdue,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic showed how volatile milk prices and outdated milk pricing and pooling arrangements were hurting dairy producers, it was clear that the FMMO system needed to be modernized. to cope with consolidation in the processing sector, changing consumer preferences and fluctuating trade demands.
He continued, “We take Sec very seriously. Vilsack’s call to “do the hard work of listening to each other” on reforms to the Federal Milk Marketing Ordinance and intends to provide a space to do so. We hope dairy farmers and other leaders will join us in Kansas City this fall for a productive, industry-wide discussion on dairy pricing and much-needed changes to the FMMO system.
Registration is open until September 22 on the Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum website. From the website, participants can also consult the agenda and secure accommodation.
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