Written by The Business Journal Staff
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is increasing quarterly inspection fees for dairy farms in State Established Inspection Areas by $0.01 per hundredweight according to the maximum volume and specified rate.
The move marks the first increase in CDFA inspection fees since 2012.
CDFA officials, who announced the fee hike last week, said it was necessary to maintain required dairy farm inspection and sampling activities.
Effective July 1, the inspection fee for both market milk and manufacturing milk dairy farms is thirteen cents per hundredweight of the first 482,000 pounds of milk produced during each quarter-year period (maximum $626.60 per quarter) — or a minimum of $250 per quarter, whichever is greater.
Fees collected at the new rate during the quarter-year period of July 1 to Sept. 30, 2016 will be due and payable Oct. 1.