USDA Announces Additional Food Purchase Plans

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(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to communities nationwide. These Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and Americans in …


A Decision on Holding the World Dairy Expo Coming July 1

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

While the staff at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, is still in the process of planning for this year’s event, a final decision hasn’t been made yet on whether it will take place. The event is scheduled to start in late September, and staff members are keeping an eye on conditions surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on …

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Expanding Overseas Markets Key to Dairy Post-COVID-19

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

Expanding export markets oversees is key to helping the dairy industry recover after the COVID-19 pandemic. National Milk Producers Federation vice president for trade, Shawna Morris, says work continues on “what needs to happen over the next year or two” to help the industry recover. Despite the disruptions, Morris says trade officials need to keep long-range goals of open commerce …

24,000 Half-Gallons of Milk Provided to Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Clint Thompson Dairy, Georgia

Milk From the Farm to the Frontlines ATLANTA, GA (April 24, 2020) – Georgia’s dairy farmers, along with Kroger Atlanta Division and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), have come together to deliver milk from the farm to the frontlines. The new Great Georgia Give campaign will deliver 24,000 half-gallons of local Georgia milk to first responders and healthcare workers across …


Dairy Farmers of American Donating to Needy Families

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(NAFB) — The Dairy Farmers of America cooperative is providing dairy products to needy families. The organization announced this week the launch of its Farmers Feeding Families Fund, which hopes to raise $500,000 for community food banks across the country. Initial seed money of $200,000 has already been raised through the Cooperative’s DFA Cares Foundation. DFA is already holding events …


April 2020 Dairy Market Report Shows Effects of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has really affected many aspects of agriculture, including the U.S. dairy industry. According to a new report, the entire U.S. dairy industry is now deep in crisis mode. It’s looking for ways to contain the price and supply chain damage brought about by the coronavirus. This information comes from the April 2020 Dairy Market Report. It notes while domestic …

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UF Surveys to Identify Impact of Pandemic on Florida’s Agriculture and Marine Industries

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(UF/IFAS) — With agriculture and marine industries occupying a large portion of Florida’s economy, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) wants to better understand how measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are impacting these sectors. Starting today, faculty from the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics (FRE) department are deploying surveys to UF/IFAS Extension agents …


Commissioner Nikki Fried & FDACS on Supporting Florida Dairy During COVID-19

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(FDACS) — With the COVID-19 pandemic causing market challenges for agriculture producers, Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are working to support Florida’s dairy farmers and processors. “We’re doing everything we can to support Florida’s dairy farmers and processors during this unprecedented challenge,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “With decreases in foodservice demand, we’re asking retailers to …


USDA Addresses Milk Dumping

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Authorizes Other Flexibilities To Help Producers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (USDA/RMA) — USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is ensuring that milk producers are not inappropriately penalized if their milk must be dumped because of recent market disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, RMA is extending inspection deadlines, waiving inspection requirements and authorizing more crop insurance transactions over the phone and …