Strong advocacy and legal representation for independent dairies.
Al Ricciardi is one of a handful of attorneys nationally who understand the regulatory complexities facing independent milk producer-distributors and are leading the fight against needless and harmful federal control of small dairies.
At most dairy farms in this country, raw milk is shipped to manufacturers to be processed into bottled milk, ice cream, cheese and other dairy products. At the same time, true to the spirit of free enterprise, a few dozen independent, entrepreneurial U.S. "producer-distributors" have the ingenuity and resources to skip the middleman. They make the plastic bottles, milk the cows, bottle the milk, and truck the product to grocery stores. The results: a quality product, and lower costs to American families.
Understandably, that arrangement does not please the huge dairy companies and cooperatives that process and sell 90% of the dairy products that are available in Arizona stores. But hard to understand is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture and influential members of Congress choose to turn their backs on small business and the American consumer, siding instead with Big Dairy.
Recent pleadings and published articles (below) illustrate how one of our clients, Yuma-based Sarah Farms, is challenging the system, and how dairy giants and state and federal regulators are responding.