H.R. 4923 (103rd): Dairy Equity Act

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Aug 09, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4923 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4923

To equalize the minimum adjustments to prices for fluid milk under milk marketing orders and to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study regarding the solids content of beverage milk.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 9, 1994

Mr. BARCA of Wisconsin introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To equalize the minimum adjustments to prices for fluid milk under milk marketing orders and to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study regarding the solids content of beverage milk.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act shall be known as the ‘Dairy Equity Act’.

SEC. 2. EQUALIZATION OF MINIMUM PRICE ADJUSTMENT FOR CLASS I MILK FOR ALL MARKETING AREAS.

    (a) USE OF SAME PRICE- Section 8c(5)(A) of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (7 U.S.C. 608c(5)(A)), reenacted with amendments by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, is amended--

      (1) in the third sentence--

        (A) by striking ‘Throughout’ and all that follows through ‘order involved), the’ and inserting ‘The’; and

        (B) by striking ‘on the date’ and all that follows through the end of the table in that sentence and inserting ‘shall be the same for each marketing area subject to an order and shall be $1.80 per hundredweight of milk having 3.5 percent milkfat, with a transportation surcharge determined by the Secretary to compensate handlers for the actual cost of moving milk within and between orders.’; and

      (2) by striking the fourth sentence.

    (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the first day of the first month beginning more than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. STUDY OF SOLIDS CONTENT OF BEVERAGE MILK.

    (a) FINDING- Congress finds that current standards for milk solids not fat contained in class I milk for fluid use produced in geographic areas covered by milk marketing orders issued pursuant to section 8c of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (7 U.S.C. 608c), reenacted with amendments by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, are below the average levels of milk solids not fat contained in unprocessed fluid milk that is produced on farms of producers.

    (b) STUDY- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall--

      (1) study the desirability and effects of fortifying class I fluid milk described in subsection (a) with additional nonfat solids, including consumer acceptance of fortifying the milk; and

      (2) report the results of the study to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate.