Importers to pay dairy checkoff

Importers to pay dairy checkoff

Washington Ag Today March 24, 2011 Dairy importers will finally have to pay into the dairy check off under a rule USDA’s Ag Marketing Service recently published in the Federal Register. Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation says the provision in the 2008 Farm Bill languished for the last three years in regulatory limbo but the assessment on imports will be effective August 1st though at half the rate dairy producers here pay.

Galen: “But when Congress made the decision in the most recent farm bill they said they will either pay nothing, which is what we have had for decades, or they will pay 7 ½ cents a hundredweight. That is what Congress decided and we are happy with that.”

Galen says assessment will generate about five million dollars a year.

Now this from Stockland Livestock.

“This is Jack McQuiness with Stockland Livestock in Davenport. 12-hundred head of cattle here in the yards on Monday. Good strong sale for all weights and classes of feeder cattle. Pretty much a steady show there. Internet sales, the Timm Ranch up at Okanogan offered steers 740 pounds, about 200 of those going out at 135.50. Lighter end of the cattle 630 pounds at a dollar-45.50. So good sales there. Cows and bulls a couple of dollars lower. Pairs topped at 18-hundred with all the good young cows with nice calves at the side 16 and a half to that top $1800. Next feeder sale will be April 4th. Got a lot of cattle. Call us anytime or visit our website Thanks for listening. This is Stockland in Davenport.

Thanks Jack.

I’m Bob Hoff and that’s Washington Ag Today on Northwest Aginfo Net.

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