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LAND O'LAKES SUPPORTS COURT ACTION ON DAIRY LAWSUIT AGAINST USDA

 LAND O'LAKES SUPPORTS COURT ACTION ON DAIRY LAWSUIT AGAINST USDA
 MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials at Land O'Lakes have announced that the cooperative is very pleased by a federal appeals court ruling that reopens a Minnesota Milk Producers Association lawsuit against USDA's implementation of the federal milk marketing orders. Land O'Lakes pledged to support the efforts of the Minnesota Milk Producers in pursuing the suit.
 Minnesota Milk Producers originally filed the suit in 1990 in an effort to change USDA rules relating to Class I differentials and reconstitution of milk. The independent dairy organization charged that those provisions were unfair to Midwest dairy farmers.
 That suit was derailed when a U.S. district judge in Minneapolis ruled that farmers didn't have standing to sue USDA over how it administers the dairy program. The appeals court disagreed with that ruling.
 "This is certainly good news," commented Paul Christ, Land O'Lakes vice president of dairy planning. "It provides Midwest dairy farmers with a forum to air their complaints about rules that are unjustified and that deprive them of a fair price for the milk they produce and market."
 Renewal of the Minnesota Milk Producers suit restores some hope that certain aspects of the dairy program will eventually be changed. USDA held a national hearing to consider major changes to federal milk marketing orders during the fall of 1990. At those hearings, Land O'Lakes and a coalition of Midwest dairy interests submitted extensive testimony and evidence that Midwest farmers are treated unfairly.
 However, after spending a year reviewing the hearing record, USDA recommended only superficial changes in federal milk orders. According to Christ, USDA's ruling on the national hearing not only failed to provide relief, but failed to acknowledge the facts and arguments raised by the Midwest coalition.
 "Since USDA refused to address the Midwest's concerns, dairy farmers will have to rely on the courts for relief from unfair and unjustified provisions," he said. "We urge dairy farmers and anyone who's concerned about the Midwest dairy industry to join us in supporting the Minnesota Milk Producers' suit."
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 /CONTACT: Paul Christ, 612-481-2521, or Terry Nagle, 612-481-2271, both of Land O'Lakes/ CO: Land O'Lakes ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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