U.S.D.A. announces initial dairy export allocations

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced initial allocations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Export Incentive Program (D.E.I.P.) for July 2009 through June 2010. Of the 2008-09 D.E.I.P. allocations announced in May, 48,176,000 tonnes of nonfat dry milk, 19,235,000 tonnes of butterfat and 2,878 tonnes of cheeses are uncommitted.

"The United States has taken a measured approach in operating the D.E.I.P. that is fully consistent with our W.T.O. commitments," Mr. Vilsack said. "It appears, however, that our international markets continue to erode, and the European Union has shown no indication that it will refrain from providing dairy export subsidies. We will continue to use this program in a responsible manner in support of U.S. dairy farmers."

The balances will be made available through the issuances of new Invitations for Offers, and country and region quantities may be limited by the individual invitations. The U.S.D.A. is allowed to provide bonuses for dairy products on a July through June yearly basis of 68,201 tonnes of nonfat dry milk, 21,097 tonnes of butterfat, 3,030 tonnes of various cheeses and 34 tonnes of other dairy products. The balances being made available through the new Invitations for Offers will go against 2009-10 commitment levels.

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