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USDA Announces Interim Order to Amend All

Release No. 071 -04

Becky Unkenholz (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202)720-8998

WASHINGTON, DC April 23, 2004 - The U. S. Department of Agriculture today issued an interim order amending the current classification of milk provisions of all Federal milk marketing orders. USDA determined dairy farmersí approval by polling cooperative associations in eight of the marketing areas and by conducting referenda in the Northeast and Mideast marketing areas.

This interim order reclassifies milk used to produce evaporated milk in consumer-type packages or sweetened condensed milk in consumer-type packages from Class III to Class IV.

These interim amendments to the orders will become effective on May 1, 2004. Public comments on the Tentative Final Decision published in the Federal Register February 27, 2004, are due May 3, 2004.

The interim order rule and additional background information can be accessed on the web at Copies of this interim order and additional information also may be obtained by contacting any of the following market administrator offices:

Northeast: Erik F. Rasmussen
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 51478 (FT Point Station), Boston, MA. 02205-1478
Tel. (617) 737-7199; email:

Appalachian: Harold H. Friedly
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 18030, Louisville, KY. 40261-0030
Tel. (502) 499-0040; email:

Florida and Southeast: Sue L. Mosley
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 491778, Lawrenceville, GA. 30049
Tel. (770) 682-2501; email:

Upper Midwest: H. Paul Kyburz
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
Suite 210, 4570 West 77th St., Minneapolis, MN. 55435-5037
Tel. (952) 831-5292; email:

Central: Donald R. Nicholson
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 14650, Shawnee Mission, KS. 66285-4650
Tel. (913) 495-9300; email:

Mideast: David Z. Walker
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 30128, Cleveland, OH. 44130-0128
Tel. (440) 826-3220; email:

Pacific Northwest & Arizona-Las Vegas: James R. Daugherty
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
Building J, Suite 102; 1930-220th St., SE., Bothell, WA. 98021-8471
Tel. (425) 487-6009; email:

Southwest: J. Richard Fleming
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 110939, Carrollton, TX 75011-0939
Tel. (972) 245-6060;

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