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USDA Announces Proposed Dairy Import Rule

19 May 2009
USDA

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has asked for comments on a proposed rule amending the National Dairy Promotion and Research Order.

The proposed rule would establish a dairy import assessment program as required by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

The proposed rule would also amend the term “United States” to mean all States, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The 2002 Farm Bill mandated that the Dairy Order be amended to implement an assessment on imported dairy products to fund promotion and research. The 2008 Farm Bill specified that importers of dairy products be assessed a rate of 7.5 cents per hundredweight, or the equivalent thereof.

The Dairy Board was established under the Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 to develop and administer a coordinated program of promotion, research, and nutrition education to strengthen the dairy industry’s positioning in domestic and foreign markets. Initially, two importer representatives, as appointed by the Secretary, will be added to the current 36-member Dairy Board. Thereafter, importer representation on the Dairy Board will be adjusted at least once every three years if necessary to reflect the volume of imports relative to domestic marketings.

Producers in the added areas of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are assessed 15 cents per hundredweight of milk produced and marketed. These four new areas will be added to the regions of closest geographic proximity.

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