Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service:

Milk in the New England and Other Marketing Areas--Order Amending the Orders

OGC-99-65: Published: Sep 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1999.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) new rule on milk in New England and other marketing areas. GAO noted that: (1) the rule consolidates the 31 federal milk marketing orders into 11 orders in compliance with the 1996 Farm Bill, which mandated that the federal milk marketing orders be consolidated into between 10 and 14 orders; (2) the rule also sets forth, among other changes, a replacement for the Class I price structure and replaces the basic formula price with a multiple component pricing system; and (3) AMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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