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Don’t Leave Dairy Behind in Japan Negotiations

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

Fifty members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week, urging him to work swiftly on a Phase Two Agreement with Japan. The letter was also sent to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. They say the recent Phase One agreement with Japan made progress on several important issues, but American farmers and processors remain at …

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May Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the May 2020 income over feed cost margin was $5.37 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. To date, FSA has issued more than $176 million in program …

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USDA Announces Initial Purchase of Vaccine for National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and help stop the spread of disease. …

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USDA Dairy Safety-Net Program Sign-Up Begins Oct. 12

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) safety-net sign-up for 2021 coverage will begin October 12 and will run through December 11, 2020. DMC has already triggered payments for two months for producers who signed up for 2020 coverage. “If we’ve learned anything in the past six months, it’s to expect …

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Vietnam to Lower Tariffs on Dairy Products

Jim Rogers Dairy, Trade

A recent announcement from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) comes as good news for American dairy producers. Vietnam has signed a decree that will unilaterally lower tariffs on a number of key dairy products and ingredients, including skim milk powder, whole milk powder, cheese, and protein isolate.  The decree is set to go into effect on July 10, and …

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DMI’s Harden Discusses Coronavirus Crisis Response

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The dairy industry is just one of many in agriculture to really feel the effects of the COVID-19, and organizations within the industry have worked hard to help struggling producers across the country. Krysta Harden, executive vice president, global environmental strategy, for Dairy Management Inc. and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, explains how DMI has responded to the coronavirus crisis. …