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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1569



Emergency Statewide Hearing to Consider Modifying the Over-Order Producer Premium Established by Official General Order A-894

[27 Pa.B. 4983]

   Under the Milk Marketing Law (31 P. S. § 700j-101 et seq.), the Milk Marketing Board (Board) will conduct an emergency public hearing for all milk marketing areas on October 10, 1997, commencing at 9 a.m. in Meeting Room B on the second floor of the Farm Show Complex, Cameron and Maclay Streets, Harrisburg, PA.

   The purpose of the emergency hearing is to receive evidence concerning whether the current over-order premium of $.80 per hundredweight, as established by Official General Order A-894, should be increased based on changed circumstances that are causing severe economic stress for Pennsylvania's dairy farmers, as requested in petitions filed by the Department of Agriculture, the State Grange, and the Farm Bureau.

   The petitioners and the staff of the Board are deemed to be parties to this hearing and to have complied with the following filing requirements. Other persons who wish to present evidence may be included on the Board's list of parties by (1) having their attorney file with the Board on or before October 3, 1997, a notice of appearance substantially in the form prescribed by 1 Pa. Code § 31.25 or (2) if unrepresented by counsel, filing with the Board on or before October 3, 1997, notification of their desire to be included as a party.

   Evidence deemed by the Board to be relevant to this hearing includes but is not limited to:

   1.  The current average cost of milk production in this Commonwealth and current average dairy farm income in this Commonwealth compared with that data for April 1997, when the Board established the $.80 over-order premium now in effect.

   2.  Prevailing prices and associated premiums for milk in New York, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey and Virginia, along with the cost of transporting that milk into this Commonwealth.

   3.  Supply-demand patterns that affect the marketing of milk in this Commonwealth.

   4.  Effect of an increased over-order premium on decisions by lending institutions to extend credit to dairy farmers.

   Presubmission of testimony and exhibits is not required. However, copies of written testimony and exhibits shall be provided at the hearing to members of the Board and to all other parties, with at least 20 additional copies made available in the hearing room by their sponsor.

   Parties that wish to offer in evidence documents on file with the Board, public documents, or records in other proceedings before the Board, or who wish the Board to take official notice of facts, shall comply with, respectively, 1 Pa. Code § 35.164, 35.165, 35.167 or 35.173. Whenever these rules require production of a document as an exhibit, copies shall be provided to members of the Board and to all other parties, with at least 20 additional copies made available in the hearing room by their sponsor.

   A prehearing conference for all parties will be held at 2 p.m. on October 6, 1997, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

   The filing address for the Board is Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, Room 110, Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408.

   If this information is required in an alternate format, call (717) 787-4194 or 1 (800) 654-5984 (PA relay service for TDD users).

Executive Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1569. Filed for public inspection September 26, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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