Varney-Department of Justice! Why No Auditing?
September 23, 2009 by dairygoddess
(I urge you to ask WHY? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms Varney. Thank you so very much for your support. I am a third generation California dairy farmer married for 26 years to a third generation dairyfarmer NEVER have we seen business as bad as it is now and our loss has been great. I am not one that want subsidies or price support. I am grateful for those tools because without them things would be worse. I want to make a fair wage for our work. As you know, Our price is based on the CME which is very thinly traded with lack of transparency. I believe with all of my heart that their is NO way we can compete with the forces behind our price discovery system. I have been shut down by many but continue to push on. As my mother would say “something is stinkin’ in the wood pile”!
In California and other parts of the nation we are becoming short on milk. Many co-ops have requested dairy farmers to produce more milk with no assurance of our price going up (as of now, it takes about $17 per hundred weight of milk produce and we are receiving almost $11.00 average). The reason the milk price has not gone up more quickly (we were as low as $9.00 per hundred weight) is due to inventory reported in cold storage (cheese and butter).
As 30 day cold storage for cheese and butter they are required to report to NASS their inventories (There is approximately 800 facilities required to report). Their reports are available online. I had wanted to receive a copy of their audits of the inventories. I was told that there is NO AUDITING FUNCTION…none…none whatsoever!
I was shock and questioned why, if EVERY American reporting for taxes is accountable to report accurately because of the fear of an audit. Dairy farmers as most business are accountable to their banks by audits! Why would these companies be graced with the “honor system”.
I asked them at NASS and also AMS if ANY inaccuracy of inventory reporting could have an indirect factor on our milk price? The answer from both agencies was an astounding YES! I was told that it would take an “Act of Legislation” to get an auditing function in place.
I just can not figure out why? By not being subjected to a formal auditing function they are not required to the same accountability that every other American is bound too!
I want an auditing function in place for those cold storage reporters of inventories of cheese and butter. It is what is fair to dairy farmers and to consumers as the end price paid by them.
You can look further into my request and more about me by looking at my blog www.dairygoddess.wordpress.com Something just doesn’t seem right especially with the record profits of Dean Foods and Kraft as dairy farmers have been in great despair and the price to consumers has never been greatly reduced.
Barbara Martin 🙂
Tony Martin Dairy
6240 21st Ave
Lemoore CA 93245