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NO. 138.  AN ACT RELATING TO DAIRY HAULING FEES AND STOP CHARGES.

(S.226)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  SUPPORT FOR SHIFTING MILK HAULING COSTS TO

             MARKET; REGIONAL MILK PRICING EFFORT

(a)  The agency of agriculture, food and markets shall research and develop recommendations regarding charging hauling costs to the recipients of milk beyond the farm.  This information may be used for presentation at the hearings to be held by the United States Secretary of Agriculture relating to the Northeast Milk Marketing Order, for the drafting of the 2007 Farm Bill, and for other purposes.  As part of the research, the agency shall work with the joint fiscal office to develop a report on the impact on Vermont farmers and the Vermont economy of shifting the hauling costs beyond the farm.

(b)  The legislative council shall work with the Vermont milk commission to draft any necessary statutory changes necessary to enable the commission to carry forward regional efforts to regulate wholesale and retail milk prices.

(c)  Prior to January 15, 2007, the agency of agriculture, food and markets shall report the recommendations required by subsection (a) of this section to the house and senate committees on agriculture.

Approved:  May 9, 2006



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us