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Senate Told Action Needed to Address Dairy Safety Net

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Dairy farmers need Congress to make improvements in the dairy title of the farm bill this year, and not wait until 2018 when the current bill expires, according to testimony delivered here today by Kansas dairy farmer Lynda Foster.

In a field hearing Thursday on the campus of Kansas State University, Foster told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that “dairy farmers deserve better” than the current Margin Protection Program (MPP), created in 2014 by Congress. “We need Congress to act swiftly this year and make the necessary changes in order for our industry to be able to protect ourselves from the bad year that could arrive at any time, even in years where experts are predicting higher margins.” Read the rest of this entry »

Trudeau Talks Dairy Trade with House Speaker Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he asked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) regarding Canadian market access for U.S. dairy producers. The Wisconsin Republican met with Trudeau Monday as part of Trudeau’s visit to Washington, DC this week. Read the rest of this entry »

New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module Helps Measure Improvements in Dairy Sustainability

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In its continued effort to share the compelling story of continuous improvement on America’s dairy farms, the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES).

The Environmental Stewardship module joins the FARM Program’s two other pillars, FARM Animal Care and FARM Antibiotic Stewardship. The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability. Read the rest of this entry »

Dairy, Ag Groups Urge President Trump to Raise New Canadian Milk Pricing Scheme Issue in Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

The U.S. dairy sector is urging President Donald Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during Monday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Read the rest of this entry »

National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Members Appointed

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of 12 members to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. All appointees’ terms will begin immediately and end Oct. 31, 2019.

Newly appointed members are: Arlene J. Vander Eyk (Region 2); Stephen D. Maddox (Region 2); Manuel C. Caballero (Region 3); Connie M. Seefeldt (Region 6); Bobby L. Combs (Region 10); Jennifer L. Heltzel (Region 11); and Bret J. Bossard (Region 12).

Reappointed to serve second terms were: Brian O. Medeiros (Region 2); Carol L. Ahlem (Region 2); Christopher J. Brazil (Region 2); Eddie S. Schaap (Region 4); and Cheryl L. Chapin (Region 9). Read the rest of this entry »

January Dairy Market Report

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The January Dairy Market Report is now available. Continued growth in domestic butter and cheese consumption, coupled with further recovery of world prices for skim milk powder and whey, strengthened U.S. milk prices as 2016 drew to a close. The all-milk price hit a high for the first 11 months of the year in November, while the Margin Protection Program (MPP) feed cost was the lowest of all previous months. As a result, the $9.98-per-hundredweight MPP margin for November was the highest for the year up to that point. Read the rest of this entry »

NMPF Urges Senate Ag Committee to Confirm Perdue as Ag Secretary

The National Milk Producers Federation urged the Senate Agriculture Committee to swiftly confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, as NMPF, its 29 member cooperatives and numerous state dairy associations joined more than 600 other farm and agriculture groups in a letter endorsing Perdue for the position. Read the rest of this entry »

Dairy Trade in the Trump Era

by Jim Mulhern,President, CEO of NMPF

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On his first Monday in the White House, President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order officially abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This action raised as many questions as it answered about the future of trade policy in the new administration.  It certainly signals that America’s approach to global trade policy will undergo a serious re-examination, and face a more critical assessment than at any point in the past five decades.

Both on the campaign trail and during his inaugural address, President Trump made it clear that trade policy is a top priority, and that he intends to look at trade deals through a different lens than his predecessors.  For the U.S. dairy sector, the challenge and the opportunity going forward will be reminding policy makers that trade – and the ability to export our products – is absolutely essential to the future of our farms, as well as our cooperatives and proprietary processors. Read the rest of this entry »

NMPF Lauds New House Bill

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) endorsed new legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that would prompt the enforcement of dairy labeling terms, which are increasingly being used to market imitation products containing no real dairy ingredients.

Introduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Joe Courtney (D-CT), David Valadao (R-CA) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA), the House bill would compel the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action against misbranded, plant-based beverages that are inappropriately using dairy terms, especially “milk.” Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Dairy Companies Push Back Against Canada’s Protectionist Policies

Group Urges U.S. Governors to Aid in Preserving Export Markets and ‘Consider All Tools at Their Disposal’

The U.S. dairy industry continued to push back against Canada’s protectionist policies that are effectively blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements. A group of 17 dairy companies representing dairy farmers and processors from coast to coast asked governors in 25 states to urge Canadian policymakers to uphold existing trade commitments with the United States and halt the imminent implementation of a national strategy that would unfairly subsidize Canadian dairy products in its domestic and global markets. Read the rest of this entry »

World Dairy Expo Recognition Award Nominations Close February 1

wde-logo-2017Those interested in making nominations for the 2017 World Dairy Expo Recognition Awards have until February 1 to do so for the four award categories: Dairy Woman, Dairyman, Industry and International Persons of the Year. Read the rest of this entry »

Factors behind Increased U.S. Milk Production

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The trend of more milk production in 2016 is expected to continue this year. And Rod Bain has a story looking at what’s actually driving this increase. Read the rest of this entry »

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