California Dairy Future Task Force update planned

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California's Dairy Future Task Force working groups will provide progress reports to the full task force on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to the latest weekly newsletter from California's Milk Producers Council.

The meeting will be held 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Auditorium, Sacramento, Calif. The Dairy Future Task Force was established by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross in 2012, in response to efforts by producer groups and cooperatives to get adjustments to the California milk marketing order’s Class 4b price formula. 

The 28-member Dairy Future Task Force is made up of dairy producers, processors and cooperatives. As part of that Task Force effort, four working groups were set up, with each asked to focus on a specific issue.

They include: (1) Class 4 Pricing Reform, (2) Quota, (3) Investment, and (4) Risk Management.  At the Jan. 22 meeting, the progress report from the Class 4 Pricing Reform work group will include an overview, as well as four options being explored: 1) consolidate Class 4a/4b; 2) hybrid; 3: a California federal milk marketing order; and 4) pool Class 1, 2, & 3 differentials.

Dr. Dan Sumner, UC Davis, will provide economic models of the options. Also invited to the meeting are members of California's Dairy Advisory Committee. An agenda for the meeting can be found at:

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