By: Bob Meyer
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has extended that temporary 12.5 cent bump in the producer milk price through June of 2014. The bump which was implemented on July 1st was supposed to expire at the end of the year. In announcing the extension, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross said, “While there are positive signs in the marketplace, the fragility of the country’s economic recovery and the stability of the dairy sector compel me to make this extension.”
Many of the state’s dairy producers have been pushing for a better pricing structure for California milk saying the extension will help but it is not the long-term answer. They contend there is consistently an unjustified gap between the California 4b price and the Federal Milk Marketing Order Class III price.
High feed prices pushed more than 100 California dairy farms out of business last year.