In an effort to improve marketing conditions for dairy farmers in the greater
The parties have agreed to coordinate marketing efforts in defined regions to bring greater returns to dairy farmers. To achieve this goal, NDA and DFA are proposing an expansion of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Federal Milk Marketing Order to include the states of
This will allow both cooperatives to better facilitate the efficient marketing and delivery of milk in the region, says Les Hardesty, chairman of DFA’s Mountain Area Council. “An expanded PNW Federal Order and MACs should provide more milk price stability across the region, while providing an opportunity to improve margins for producers.”
Rod DeJong, chairman of the NDA Board of Directors, agrees. “The expanded PNW Federal Order and new MACs will allow cooperatives that service the Class I markets across the region to better meet the needs of both dairy producers and processors,” he says.
Under the Federal Order expansion proposal, milk sales to fluid milk processors with significant sales in
John Underwood, CEO of NDA notes that, “the combination of an expanded PNW Federal Order and marketing agencies in common offer great opportunities for increased stability in the market.”
DFA Mountain Area Council Chief Operating Officer Greg Yando agrees. “The MAC will provide several benefits to its members and their customers, including increased hauling efficiency, improved market balancing, and mutually beneficial service charge programs,” said Yando.
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.