Agricultural Marketing Service
News Release

Printable version

USDA Announces Final Rule to Amend Central

Release No. 259-06

Becky Unkenholz (2020 720-8998
Billy Cox (2020 &20-8998

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 30, 2006 - The U. S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final rule to permanently adopt amendments to the pooling provisions of the Central milk marketing order. This decision is based on testimony and evidence given at a public hearing held at Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 6-8, 2004.

The adopted amendments increase supply plant performance standards, amend features of the “touch-base” provision, amend certain features of the “split plant” provision and decrease the diversion limit standards of the order. The decision also adopts a proposal that limits the volume of milk a handler can pool in a month to 125 percent of the total volume of milk pooled in the previous month.

These amendments will assist in identifying the milk of those producers who regularly and consistently service the fluid needs of the market and subsequently have all of their milk pooled and priced under the order.

More than the required number of producers for the Central marketing order
approved the final order amendments which become effective Dec. 1, 2006. The final rule appears in today’s Federal Register.

For additional information about the decision contact:

Robert E. Vander Linden
Market Administrator USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs
P.O. Box 14650
Shawnee Mission, KS 66285-4650
Tel. (913) 495-9300; email:
  Latest Releases  
  Public Affairs Staff