Federal Milk Marketing Orders - Helping to Shape the Evolving Dairy Industry

December 2016

The dairy industry has many qualities which make it unique from other agricultural industries and unsuitable for unrestricted free-market competition. Compared to other agricultural commodities, farm milk is highly perishable and must be converted into a manufactured product quickly. In addition, milk is made up of about 87 percent water, making transportation of milk from farm to processor not only time-sensitive, but expensive.

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