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Sharon R. Uther, market administrator for the Mideast federal milk marketing order, is seeking comments on a request by the Mideast Milk Federation to reduce, by 10 percentage points in all months effective next month, the shipping standard for plants qualified under the order.
Comments should be submitted on or before July 27, 2015, to be considered, Uther said.

The Mideast Milk Federation consists of five co-ops on the Mideast order: Michigan Milk Producers Association, Foremost Farms USA, Dairy Farmers of America, National Farmers Organization, and Select Milk Producers.

The federation’s proposal would result in lowering the shipping standard for the months of December through July from 30 percent to 20 percent, the month of August from 35 percent to 25 percent, and the months of September through November from 40 percent to 30 percent. The aggregate percentage would be reduced from 30 percent to 20 percent, Uther explained.

Also, the Mideast Milk Federation has requested that the producer milk diversion limitation be increased by 10 percentage points in all months. This would result in increasing the nonpool diversion percentages from 50 percent to 60 percent in August through February and from 60 percent to 70 percent in March through July.

Earlier this year, in response to a request from the federation, Uther announced that the shipping standard had been reduced for the months of February through July 2015 from 25 percent to 20 percent.
Those adjustments were granted based upon evidence of declining Class I sales, increasing milk production, and a need to avoid uneconomical movement of milk to assure retention of pool status for plants traditionally associated with the Mideast order.

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