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May 2021

Critics Cite “Georgia-Style” Tactics by CDFA in QIP Referendum

From The Milkweed, By Pete Hardin – Grade A dairy producers in California are currently in the final few weeks of United Dairy Families Sunset referendum during which they may vote to continue, or sunset, that state’s Quota Implementation Program (QIP – California’s farm milk quotas).

Critics of the QIP program are pointing to numerous instances of heavy-handed oversight of the referendum by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Restricted ballots and a lack of transparency prevail – tactics similar to what Republican legislators in Georgia crafted recently under the guise of “election reform.”

In the case of California’s current QIP vote among Grade A dairy producers, CDFA’s antics look like a clear case of “election deform.”

California producers’ votes in the current referendum must be post-marked by June 1. The referendum has Grade A California dairy producers voting on whether to continue the QIP program as is, or else to “sunset” it in 2025.

The QIP deducts $0.38/cwt. from all Grade A milk producers’ incomes, and pays out up to $1.70/cwt. to the minority of dairy farmers who own quota…

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Politics Thick in QIP Fight, CDFA Announces Referendum

February 2021 | By Pete Hardin, from The Milkweed | During his rough-and-tumble years in California, Mark Twain wrote: “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.”

Producer Tells CA FMMO: Stop Deducting Unauthorized QIP Assessment

January 2020 | “Chino, California dairy producer Craig Gordon has elevated his battle against the state’s Quota Implementation Program (QIP) to a higher authority: the California Federal Milk Order (#51)…

Stop QIP's Latest Thrust v. California's "Milk Quota Tax"

December 2020 | “The words of an attorney for the California Department of Food and Agriculture clearly admits that the “tax” to fund payments to quota holders in that state did not follow proper precedues…

Craig Gordon Details QIP Battle, Producer's Frustrations in California

October 2020 | “Despite some setbacks, efforts by the group of California dairy producers continue to try to overturn the Quota Implementation Plan (QIP). That’s the administrative mechanism by which …

Politics Getting Thick in California's 'Stop QIP' Effort

February 2020 | “The battle involving efforts by 350 California dairy producers to terminate that state’s Quota Implememtation Program (QIP) has become white-hot in the past couple months…

'Stop QIP' Effort in California Gaining Steam

November 2019 | “Dairy producers in California targeting the state’s milk quota program for ‘retirement’ have re-targeted their legal challenges …

Unrest in Golden State: Challenge $1.1 Bil. Quota System

November 2018 | “Sources in California report that a nucleus of dairy producers has started circulating a petition seeking signatures of state dairy producers in an effort to force state officials …

Farmdale Creamery Letter

November 2018 | Read this article written by Scott D. Hofferber, CFO of Farmdale Creamery.  He gives his opinion on the quota in his own words …

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