FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 8, 2016
Office of Communications
Georgia Dairy Farmers Overwhelmingly Approve Continued Georgia Milk Marketing Order
Georgia dairy farmers voted to extend the Georgia Milk Marketing Order for an additional three years with an overwhelmingly favorable vote—96% of the eligible ballots returned voted yes. The balloting period for the market order was March 1st to March 30th.
Federal law requires U.S. dairy producers to pay $0.15 cents per hundredweight into the national dairy check-off program to drive increased sales of and demand for dairy products and ingredients. With the approval of the continuation of the Georgia Milk Marketing Order, $0.10 cents of the $0.15 cents per hundredweight that producers invest remains at the state level with the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Milk (ACCM). The ACCM was created in 1969, and is recognized as a qualified program under the rules of the Federal Milk Marketing Order, which allows the money collected to be used by the Georgia Milk Commission.
The money received by the Georgia Milk Commission is used in-state to promote milk consumption, education about the benefits of dairy products as well as where milk comes originates. One of the important educational projects includes the Mobile Dairy Classroom which travels throughout the state visiting many schools and events demonstrating how cows are cared for and milked. Over 100,000 people watched demonstrations by the Mobile Dairy Classroom in 2015.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.