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USDA Announces Final Decision to Amend Cen

Release No.136-06
Becky Unkenholz (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202)720-8998

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 6, 2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final decision 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 of 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.

USDA will conduct a vote on the amended order to determine producer approval. If producers approve the order as amended by this final decision, a final rule will follow to implement these changes on a permanent basis.



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