Today, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced bipartisan legislation addressing California's struggling dairy industry.
The California Federal Milk Marketing Order Act would allow California dairy producers to petition the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to be considered to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order. Under the current California pricing system, dairy producers throughout the state have closed down, resulting in lost revenue and jobs.
"Dairy is California's largest Agriculture industry. I'm proud to have introduced this bipartisan proposal as my first piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ultimately, even with this legislation, California dairymen will have the final say regarding their own pricing system. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress on this and other issues important to Central Valley Agriculture," Congressman Valadao stated.
The legislation has already received strong support from the California Congressional Delegation. Original cosponsors include Congressmen Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Jim Costa (CA-16), Jeff Denham (CA-10), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), and Devin Nunes (CA-22). The Federal Milk Marketing Act has also received widespread support from dairy farmers across the state.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.