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California co-ops to hold FMMO meetings

California co-ops to hold FMMO meetings
Three major California dairy cooperatives will hold four meetings to discuss the possible formation of a federal milk marketing order (FMMO). The meetings are open to members of California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) and Land O’Lakes (LOL) only, and not open to the public.
Dates and locations for the meetings include:
• Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m., Eagles Hall, 6381 County Road 200, Orland, Calif.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m., Harvest Hall – Stanislaus Ag Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, Calif.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m., International Agri Center, 4500 S. Laspina, Tulare, Calif.
• Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., Chino Fairgrounds,  5410 Edison Avenue, Chino, Calif.
The three co-ops  – which combine to produce about 80% of California’s milk – commissioned a study last winter to see if the state’s dairy producers should join the FMMO system as a means to improve milk prices. The findings of a five-month study – conducted by Dr. Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Chuck Nicholson, Penn State University – indicated a properly written FMMO for California would benefit the state’s dairy families by providing a regulatory structure potentially resulting in higher producer milk prices.