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USDA Amends All Federal Milk Marketing Ord

Release No. 238-04

Becky Unkenholz (202) 720-8998
Kathryn Mattingly (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2004 The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final rule that will make permanent changes to the classification of milk provisions in all Federal milk marketing orders. The changes were previously implemented on an interim basis. Dairy farmers approved the amended orders through the polling of cooperative associations in eight of the marketing areas and by referenda in the Northeast and Mideast marketing areas.

This final rule 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.

The final rule will be published in the Nov. 26, Federal Register and will become effective on Dec.1, 2004.

Additional information about the rule may be obtained from market administrator offices as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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; e-mail:

Southwest: J. Richard Fleming
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 110939, Carrollton, TX 75011-0939
Tel. (792) 245-6060; e-mail:

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