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USDA Announces Notice Regarding National Dairy Promotion and Research
September 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a Notice that maintains the current distribution of domestic National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) members in 12 regions.

The Dairy Promotion and Research Order (Dairy Order) provides that the Dairy Board shall review the geographic distribution of milk production throughout the United States and, if warranted, shall recommend to the Secretary a reapportionment of the regions and/or modification of the number of domestic members from the regions in order to better reflect the geographic distribution of milk production volumes in the United States.  Based on a review of the 2014 geographic distribution of milk production, the Dairy Board concluded that the number of domestic Dairy Board members and regions represented should be maintained.

The Dairy Board was established under the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983, as amended, to develop and administer a coordinated program of promotion, research, and nutrition education.  The 37-member Dairy Board is authorized to design programs to strengthen the dairy industry’s position in domestic and foreign markets.  The program is financed by a mandatory 15-cent per hundredweight assessment on all milk marketed commercially and a 7.5-cent per hundredweight assessment on milk, or equivalent thereof, on dairy products imported into the United States.

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