California Quota Hearing Likely Paves Way for Producer Referendum
Yet another hearing on California’s dairy quota system held last wek has likely paved the way for a referendum that would allow producers to decide whether to keep the program or sunset it in 4 ½ years.
The latest hearing, held September 30, lasted just two hours with no opposition to the United Dairy Families of California’s (UDFC) petition for referendum, says Geoff Vanden Heuvel, director of regulatory and economic affairs for the California Milk Producers Council.
Even opponents of the quota program offered no objections. A.J. Box, one of the leaders of the Stop QIP organization, did not oppose the referendum and indicated he would vote ‘yes.’
Judge Timothy Aspinwall will now take this testimony and make a recommendation to California’s Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross as to whether a referendum should move forward. She will make the final determination as to whether (and then when) a referendum should be held.