STOP QIP’s California Quota Petition Officially Stopped
Last week, California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross signed off on an Administrative Law Judge’s recommendation to deny a referendum on the California quota program put forward by STOP QIP.
STOP QIP is an organization made up of mostly non-quota owning dairy farmers who have argued the state’s quota program was promulgated incorrectly without a producer referendum. In July, Judge Tim Aspinwall denied the request, but the Secretary of Agriculture had the final say. She did so August 17, affirming the decision and denying the referendum request.
This concludes the petition process by STOP QIP, according to the California Milk Producers Council. However, there is another initiative in the works calls for a producer referendum to create a 5-year sundown date of the program, allowing quota owning producers time to adjust their operations for a phase-out of that program. A decision on that effort could come yet this fall.