Subject: URGENT: Act Now - Support Utah Raw Milk Bill

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Dear Friend,

The Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee meets Wednesday, February 14 at 8 a.m. to consider Senate Bill 108 (SB 108), legislation that would amend Utah’s raw milk laws. SB 108 would allow licensed dairies to sell and deliver raw milk from a mechanically refrigerated mobile unit; sales from a refrigerated mobile unit could be made at farmers markets and at a retail store where the raw milk producer owns a majority interest. Currently, raw milk can be sold in retail stores where the producer owns 51% or more of the store. At the present time, most of the licensed Utah dairies can only sell on the farm. 

There are currently only seven licensed raw milk dairies in the state, so, the opportunity to sell through delivery and at farmers markets would make it more feasible for other farms to afford the cost of licensing to sell raw milk.

The bill would allow greater access to raw milk for consumers and would help dairy farmers make a better living. The bill would also allow the on-farm sale of up to 120 gallons per month by unlicensed producers direct to consumers. Raw milk can be a gateway for sales of other foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and produce, so even the unlicensed farmers selling only that amount can benefit significantly from the passage of SB 108.

Pass this alert on and ask others to do the same.

- FTCLDF Team

TAKE ACTION #1:

Please contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote YES on SB 108. Remember that a phone call is more effective than an email.

If you don’t know who represents you, go to le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict

It's especially important to contact your State Senator now if she/he is on the Senate Natural Resource, Agriculture and Environment Committee. Here are the names of the committee members: Margaret Dayton, Allen M. Christensen, David P. Hinkins, Jani Iwamoto, Peter C. Knudson, Evan J. Vickers, Brian Zehnder
TAKE ACTION #2:

Please also attend the hearing if you are able in Room 415 of the Capitol Building on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8 a.m.
TALKING POINTS:
  • SB 108 would increase access to raw milk for Utah consumers. Currently, consumers in most of the state have to drive to the farm to obtain raw milk.
  • The bill would help dairy farmers make a better living by enabling licensed producers to deliver raw milk and sell it at farmers markets.
  • Raw milk can be a gateway to sales of other foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and produce. SB 108 would allow unlicensed farmers to sell up to 120 gallons of raw milk per month direct to the consumers on the farm and could boost overall revenues for those producers.
Who We Are/What We Do

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods.

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