STOP QIP petition fails for lack of signatures

Today the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced that the STOP QIP petition did not receive enough qualified signatures to be referred to the Producer Review Board.

The mission of United Dairy Families of California is to provide a forum for developing new ideas for quota that includes all dairy families. The disqualification of the STOP QIP petition does not change our mission or our process.

Now more than ever United Dairy Families of California needs your support. Even though this petition is no longer a concern, the movement to end quota without consideration of its value continues.

Please join us in our mission. If you haven't yet, please sign the support letter and join the organization by clicking the links below.

Sincerely,

United Dairy Families of California

Below is the text of the announcement from CDFA which can be found here

OFFICIAL NOTICE FOR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY OF CALIFORNIA

Notice of Results from a Petition to Call for a Referendum to Terminate the Quota Implementation Plan

May 22, 2019

On March 29, 2019 the Department received a petition to terminate the Quota Implementation Plan (QIP). Per the procedures for handling petitions, the Department has performed a review of the petition signatures and has determined that the twenty five percent (25%) threshold has not been achieved. Therefore, the petition will not be referred to the Producer Review Board.

In calculating the qualified signatures, the Department utilized producer data from February 2019 as it was the most current producer information available. The review identified 1,197 dairy farms with various producer ownership status. When farms with common ownership were combined and counted as one producer, the Department identified 992 producers eligible for participation in the petition process.

The Department performed a review of the 283 signatures submitted as part of the petition. Of those, 243 signatures were validated. During its review, the Department utilized a variety of source documents to determine if the signatures submitted were valid under the requirements of the QIP and various Food and Agriculture Code sections (62716, 62717, 61834, 61836) pertaining to referendums. Signatures disqualified included Grade B shippers, dairy farms that had gone out of business, signatures that did not have the petition text included, signatures that did not match Department producer files, and signatures from individuals that were not listed as an owner per Department ownership files. When the 243 signatures were merged for common ownership, this resulted in signatures from 197 producers.

The result of the petition review process revealed that nearly twenty percent (20%), or 197 of the 992 market milk producers submitted valid signatures.

UDFC Update & Support letter

We are working hard on our plan to unify the dairy industry, but we need your support today!

A petition to eliminate quota has been submitted to CDFA. At this time we do not know the status of the petition or the intentions of the Secretary of Agriculture.

We have composed a letter to Karen Ross explaining our plan to discover sensible solutions to quota and QIP. We are asking her to implement a hearing process that would include a study of economic impacts for any petition before it goes to a referendum. We will be delivering this letter in the coming week.

In order to demonstrate the strength of our organization we are compiling letters of support for UDFC. These support letters will be included in communications with Karen Ross, CDFA, and other producers.

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Committee update

Over the past two weeks we have held our first rounds of regional committee meetings. Approximately 70 producers attended these meetings and we are grateful for their participation.

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Introducing United Dairy Families of California

Recently, the future of quota in California has become a hot topic.  Unfortunately, this issue is so divisive that many of us find ourselves in conflict with friends and family members in the industry.  Because the industry doesn't currently have a place for producers to discuss quota, we believe the conversation has gotten out of hand.

It is time for an honest, intelligent conversation about quota. That is why the United Dairy Families of California was formed.

The United Dairy Families of California is made up of an all-volunteer group of dairy farmers committed to creating a platform for sharing ideas on Quota and the Quota Implementation Program (QIP).

The organization is built on the belief that the California Dairy Industry stands stronger when we stand united.