Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review current dairy policy and explore options to make it more effective for farmers. During that meeting, a dairy industry leader said he believes dairy producers going forward should have both a safety net and commodity insurance options in their risk management toolbox. Rod Bain has the first part of the story. Read the rest of this entry »
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review current dairy policy and explore options to make it more effective for farmers. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s series to examine all aspects of the next farm bill. Committee members heard from industry representatives who gave a general overview of the current state of the dairy industry and highlighted some of the challenges they are facing. Read the rest of this entry »
As Congress begins its deliberations on the next farm bill, improvements to the dairy Margin Protection Program must be a top priority for lawmakers, said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, who spoke today before the House Agriculture Committee.
During the farm bill hearing on Capitol Hill, Mulhern told committee members that the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) is failing to live up to its intended role as a viable economic safety net for farmers, and that a series of changes is needed to restore dairy producers’ confidence in the program. Mulhern’s full testimony can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »
Most shoppers in the dairy aisle probably never give it a lot of thought.
But a battle over the labeling of skim milk led Monday to a federal appeals court siding with a small Calhoun County creamery in a First Amendment fight with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Read the rest of this entry »
The leaders of three major U.S. dairy organizations Wednesday promised to continue a strong commitment to their time-tested partnership with Mexico’s dairy industry and consumers. Read the rest of this entry »
With the 2018 Farm Bill already seeing many major discussions, certain lawmakers know dairy is one area that needs to be addressed. One of those is House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway. Read the rest of this entry »
In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 10th, we talk about avian influenza, family farms, have a peanut contract price update, exports of cotton, beef and pork, Read the rest of this entry »
Too many of the nation’s dairy farmers are facing an ongoing, daunting challenge: finding enough American workers to fill jobs on their farms, even when they provide wages higher than those paid by other local jobs. This “between a rock and hard place” dilemma has grown more acute as the national unemployment rate has dropped – and will likely get even more dire, now that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun stepping up its efforts to locate and remove undocumented individuals. Read the rest of this entry »
The National Milk Producers Federation has released recommended changes to the Margin Protection Program in the next farm bill. The Federation says the proposed changes will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers. Read the rest of this entry »
When USDA released their latest milk production report, it showed milk production in January here in the U.S. was 17 billion pounds, up 2.7 percent from January of 2016. And while U.S. milk producers are cranking up production this year, Gary Crawford reports they are expected to keep boosting output for the next ten years.
The first 2018 Farm Bill development meeting took place this week. Legislators have been encouraging the nation’s producers to speak up about what worked in the last Farm Bill and what didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
Harold Browning, chief operations officer at the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), provides an overview of activities at the recent International Research Conference on HLB held in Orlando. The conference was hosted by Florida Citrus Mutual, with much assistance from CRDF. “There were nearly 500 participants from 24 countries” including for the first time […]
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads was put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will soon be enforced. An enforcement date has not been announced, but could come as soon as April 1. The new […]