dairy producers

Dairy Producers Have Until Friday to Enroll for 2018 Coverage

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind dairy producers that this Friday is the deadline to enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy). The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin, or the difference between the price of milk and feed costs, falls below the coverage level selected by the producer. MPP-Dairy …

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New Dairy Support Program Awaits USDA Approval

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

Times have been tough in the American dairy industry. Overproduction has led to a lot of supply, which has pushed down beyond the break-even point. There have been some dairy support programs, including the most recent Margin Protection Program. However, the program is flawed, with farmers and farm-state legislators calling for changes. Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor with the University of …

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Services are Available for Immigrant Laborers on American Dairy Farms

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Immigrant labor is important to American agriculture, especially in the dairy industry. Dairy farmers across the country may not know that Mexican consulates in every state have services available to help their immigrant workers adjust to life in America. Monica Cruz of the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul, Minnesota, says there are a variety of ways employers and their employees …

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Canadian Dairy Program Beginning to Negatively Affect Other Countries

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

Dairy has been a major sticking point between the U.S. and Canada during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The issue may actually get worse as Canada is now sending subsidized milk powder to Mexico. Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president of strategic initiatives and trade with the National Milk Producers Federation says Canada is trying to have its cake …

dairy producers

Dairy Producers Reminded of December 15 Deadline

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds dairy producers that December 15, 2017 is the deadline to enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  Additional flexibility was added this year which provides dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018. In order to opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration …

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Dairy Producers Look for Solutions in 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Dairy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release

2018 promises to be a big year for the dairy industry. An important part of the conversation will be managing volatility and how to improve current price support programs. Like all of agriculture, the dairy industry is eagerly awaiting the launch of a new Farm Bill in January 2019. Policies to improve the current economic climate for the nation’s milk …

global

Global Food Prices Reported Lower

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Global food prices dropped in October, led by lower dairy products. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s monthly Food Price Index averaged 176.4 points for the month of October, down 1.3 percent from September, while still up 2.5 percent from a year earlier. The Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of …

dairy producers

Dairy Producers Reminded to Enroll for 2018 Coverage

Dan Dairy

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind dairy producers that enrollment for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy) continues through Dec. 15, 2017. MPP-Dairy gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Participating farmers will remain in the program through Dec. 31, 2018, and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee …