"Obviously, we had asked for less time and less money, but we respect (CDFA Secretary Karen Ross') continual effort to try to keep milk prices in balance so that we don't outstrip our processing capacity, that we don't set ourselves on a course of overproduction and at the same time, we provide processors with a competitive milk price so that they can market products that they make here in California," Kaldor said.
Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager of the Milk Producers Council, said while the price changes will put more money in producers' pockets, they do not address an underlying issue with the state's current milk pricing system, which is to "provide enough money on a long-term basis for our producers for the milk that they're selling."
"What our dairy farmers need is a long-term solution that will result in prices being paid for milk that are competitive with prices paid throughout the country for the same kind of milk," he said. "We need permanent law changes and we need significant, meaningful changes."
One change being considered is for the state to join the federal system, although not all dairy farmers support that idea. Legislation has also been introduced to more closely align the whey value in the state Class 4b formula with the regulated minimum price for whey found in surrounding states.