Separate ‘organic’ category sought in FMMO

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) filed a request with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service, seeking a public hearing to amend the federal milk marketing order (FMMO) system. The request, filed in late September, seeks to identify organic dairy as a separate and distinct marketing and supply chain, and seeks to change how organic milk handlers meet their minimum pricing and pooling obligations.

The FMMO system was originally created to ensure prices paid for milk supported both an adequate supply of milk to consumers, and a fair price to milk producers. However, the current system never anticipated organic dairy, which has a distinct supply chain and unique producer contracts, OTA said.

The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) established certified organic dairy as a separate and distinct product from conventional dairy. However, there is no such distinction under the FMMO system. read more –