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2006-2007 Regulatory Agendas

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Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources


015: Maine Milk Commission


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 01-015
AGENCY: Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Maine Milk Commission

CONTACT PERSON: Ned Porter, Deputy Commissioner, 28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0028 Tel: (207) 287-7521

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: Chapter 3, Schedule of Minimum Prices

EXPECTED 2006-2007 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Minimum Retail Pricing of Bulk Containers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set minimum retail price for bulk containers to cover sales for home delivery and grocery stores.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dealers, retailers, and consumers.

CHAPTER 1: Payment by Dealers and Retailers and Others
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set dates and minimums when payment for milk received must be made.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Milk dealers, retailers and others.

CHAPTER 1: Integrated Operations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set minimum controls for integrated operations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Producers, dealers and retailers.

CHAPTER 1: Late Payment Penalty
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set variable penalty fee on late payments to Commission.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers and dealers.

CHAPTER 1: Base Rating-- Quota Plan
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set producer production base or quota production.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers.

CHAPTER 1: Container Deposits
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set deposit price for any container.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers and dealers.

CHAPTER 1: Milk Balancing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Amend new milk balancing rule based on latest information and practices put into place since adoption of first rule, September, 1991.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers and consumers.

CHAPTER 1: Interstate Conference and Compacts
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Enter into agreements with other Northeastern states for special conferences and or compacts for regulation of the dairy industry.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any or all segments of the dairy industry.

CHAPTER 2: Hearing Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Amend present rules to reflect changing industry standards, new APA requirements, and/or to upgrade and modernize past practices.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Commission, intervenors and industry.

CHAPTER 3: Monthly Minimum Milk Prices
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Reflect latest Federal Government price announcements and any prevailing premiums in southern New England.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Monthly
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers and consumers.

CHAPTER 3: Marketing Areas
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set new marketing areas based on new information and latest buying or selling practices in State.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers, consumers and retailers.

CHAPTER 3: Milk Commission Monthly Forms
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Adopt regular reporting forms to meet needs of Commission and Milk Pool.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Monthly
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers and retailers.

CHAPTER 6: Inspection of Records, Books and Accounts
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Adopt or amend rule to inspect industry records, books, accounts and any matter relating to the dairy industry and the setting of minimum prices.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers and retailers.

CHAPTER 11: Dealer and Subdealer Route Information Reports
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Section 2954
PURPOSE: Require dealers to report special route delivery information.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dealers and consumers.

CHAPTER 11 and 25: Hauling and Transportation Costs
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set minimums/maximums on hauling and transportation cost.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers, retailers, and consumers.

CHAPTER 13 and 27: Retail Margins
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set new minimum retail margins according to cost study and hearing testimony.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Retailers and consumers.

CHAPTER 14: 30 Days Notice
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Minimum number of days notice required before a producer can be dropped by a Maine dealer.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers and dealers.

CHAPTER 20: Prevention of Destructive Competition
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Section 2981 et seq.
PURPOSE: Prohibits predatory pricing.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers, retailers, and milk consumers.

CHAPTER 26: Producer Cost
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set minimum producer price based on Federal order and actual cost of production.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Producers, dealers, retailers and consumers.

CHAPTER 29: Dealer Margins
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Sections 2953-2954
PURPOSE: Set new minimum dealer margins based on latest cost study and public hearings and testimony.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dealers and consumers.

CHAPTER 603: Milk Promotion
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 7 MRSA Section 2954
PURPOSE: Establish guidelines for promotions of milk.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to October 1, 2007
AFFECTED PARTIES: Farmers, dealers, retailers and consumers.