The state House of Representatives has passed Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) supported legislation that would provide transparency for dairy farmers by requiring the amount of the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) over-order premium received by individual dairy farmers to be clearly identified on their milk check.
House Bill 1265, sponsored by Representative John Lawrence, would require milk processors, including Co-ops, to provide dairy farmers with written statements that identify the amount of payment attributable to the over-order premium mandated by PMMB.
“Many farm families do not know from day to day whether the milk they produce is being used for cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, fluid milk or other products. If it is used for milk that we drink and is processed and sold in Pennsylvania, the farmer is entitled to a higher payment for that milk,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “The legislation would simply allow farmers to know how much of the PMMB mandated premium they are receiving.”
Farm Bureau notes that because more milk is produced than the amount of milk consumed in Pennsylvania, a significant portion of the milk is either shipped outside of the state or used for manufactured products. That portion shipped outside of the Commonwealth or used for making cheese and other manufactured products is not subject to the PMMB premium.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.