Contact: Dan Smith, Executive Director, at (802) 229-1941
MONTPELIER, VT -- The Northeast Dairy Compact Commission has released a total of $3,999,644.83 to the approximately 4000 dairy farmers in the New England milkshed, for September 2000 milk shipments. Farmers will receive $0.76 per hundred pounds of milk shipped into the New England market for this payment.
Tracking operation of the federal Milk Market Order Program, the Compact Commission regulates the price paid by milk processors for all fluid or beverage milk marketed in the six-state New England marketplace. The charged amount to processors under the Compact price regulation resulted in an Over-order charge of $1.85 per hundred pounds. By contrast, the Over-order charge for August was $1.74, indicating that the Class I price under the federal program dropped eleven cents from August to September.
The September payment also includes the third of twelve installment payments for the Supply Management Assessment Refund Program, in the amount of $394,701.79, bringing the total held in this reserve to about $1,200,000.00. As occurs each month, amounts were also placed in reserve for reimbursement to the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Programs and the School Food Programs.
The Commission also made School Food Program Reimbursement payments of $470,918.04 this month for the 1999-2000 school year. Reimbursement payments were made to those school districts from throughout New England which had filed with the Commission documentation of an increase in their milk program costs for school year 1999-2000 attributable to operation of the Compact price regulation.
To cover this reimbursement provision of the price regulation, the Commission had withheld one percent of the total receipts from milk handlers under the price regulation for the period covered by school year 1999-2000 in the total amount of $795,653.25. Because less than one percent was paid out as reimbursement to school districts, the balance will be added to the October pool for distribution to producers.