February 10, 2021
California Federal Marketing Order (CFMO) Pricing
The latest California Federal Marketing Order (CFMO) Bulletin summarized prices in 2020 and is linked here.

Highlights: Class I utilization was mostly stable near twenty percent of the pool, but down 3.8 percent from 2019. Class II utilization was more variable decreasing below 90 million pounds in April 2020. Class III utilization was less than three percent of the pool every month of 2020, except January, which was still well below 2019 levels. Class IV utilization never dipped below 1.1 billion pounds and posted year-over-year increases every month compared to utilization in 2019.
The Statistical Uniform Price (SUP) bottomed out at $11.95 per cwt in May 2020 and gradually recovered, though not without a few setbacks, to close the year at $14.94 per cwt.
2020 saw record high cheese prices, including July's price of $2.5873 per pound - the highest price since Federal Order Reform in 2000. As a result, 2020 also saw a record high protein price in July 2020 of $5.6924 per pound. Since September 2019, the protein price has exceeded the butterfat price for every month to date and was $4.00 above the butterfat price in November 2020.

In 2020, seventy-five percent of CFMO dairy farmers' gross payments came from the protein in their milk, while protein's share of the total gross payment in 2019 was forty-one percent. Class III represented just 2.93 percent of all milk pooled on the CFMO in 2020.
December 2020 Class Prices
  • Class I: $21.97
  • Class II: $14.01
  • Class III: $15.72
  • Class IV: $13.36
January 2020 Class Prices
  • Class I: $17.24
  • Class II: $14.08
  • Class III: $16.04
  • Class IV: $13.75
The All Milk Price in December dropped significantly below the 2019 level but remained above the 2018 December price. In December, the California All Milk price totaled $19.20 per cwt at 4.04% fat test, ranking 7th of all 24 states reported by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The California All Milk Price was above the national average which totaled $18.50 per cwt at 4.13 fat test. The All Milk Price is the price before deduction for hauling. Includes quality, quantity, and other premiums and excludes hauling subsidies.
All the Latest on Labor Issues
California Dairy Campaign Field Representative Joe Melo works with dairy producers on a range of labor-related issues.
With decades of experience and knowledge, Joe is a great resource for dairy producers and can be reached to answer your questions on his cell phone at 209-216-7615 or by email at joem@californiadairycampaign.com. Recently dairy producers have been interested in more information about changes taking effect in 2021 to California's minimum wage and overtime laws.

The California Department of Industrial Relations website linked here provides more information about changes to minimum wage and overtime laws.
2021 California Minimum Wage
Effective January 1, 2021

Employers with 25 employees or less: $13 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees: $14 per hour

Effective January 1, 2022

Employers with 25 employees or less: $14 per hour

Employers with 26 or more employees: $15 per hour

Effective January 1, 2023

The minimum wage for all Employers: $15 per hour

Information on Minimum Wage Laws linked Here
2021 Overtime for Agricultural Workers: Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) required after the following hours per day / hours per workweek:

Effective January 1, 2021

Employers with 25 employees or less: 10 hours / 60 per week

Employers with 26 or more employees: 8.5 hours / 45 per week

Effective January 1, 2022

Employers with 25 employees or less: 9.5 hours / 55 per week

Employers with 26 or more employees: 8 hours / 40 per week

Information on California's Overtime Laws Linked Here.
The rumors are true: National Farmers Union's 119th Anniversary Convention will be held virtually!

In addition to being hosted online, the event will be structured a bit differently than it has been in years past. Instead of holding all the educational events, panel discussions, breakout discussions, and policy deliberation within a few days, we'll be doing our best to prevent Zoom fatigue by splitting everything up into several separate sessions over the course of a month.

Every week through February 26, we'll be featuring a series of education sessions. Then, on March 1 and 2, delegates to the convention will have an opportunity to discuss, amend, and adopt the organization's policy positions and priorities.

This process will stream live on National Farmers Union's Facebook page for all non-delegates to watch. On those days, we will also have some speakers from Congress and the administration, a presentation of awards, the State of the Farmers Union speech, and other convention staples.

Even better - the whole event is FREE! Registration is open and we extend our thanks to our 2021 partners.

January 28 - March 2, 2021
COVID-19 Road Map for Employers

Use this portal to find COVID-19 guidance. The information provided is obtained from state, county, and city sources.


Answer a few questions about your business type(s), county of operation, and current COVID-19 practices to generate a road map of information for your business to ensure safe and compliant operations and/or reopening.

The California Department of Industrial Relations has updated information for employers about COVID-19 Employer Obligations:

Employer Obligations


The FAQ website was recently updated and includes a table of contents on a range of issues ALL LINKED HERE.

For more information Contact
California Dairy Campaign Field Representative
Joe Melo at 209-216-7615.

For more information go to the CAL/OSHA Department of Industrial Relations website linked here.
For More Information
Contact Executive Director
Lynne McBride

California Dairy Campaign
California Farmers Union
325 Mitchell Avenue
Turlock, CA 95380
Phone: 209-632-0885
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