More Production and Price Impacts in Dairy Outlook

Clint Thompson Dairy, USDA

United States Department of Agriculture The recent trend of more milk per cow is expected to continue to boost production. How will that affect prices? Rod Bain has the story with World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski.

NMPF’s Castaneda: U.S. Needs to be Careful in Mexican Trade Issues

Clint Thompson Dairy, Trade

Trade issues with Mexico by seasonal agricultural producers here in the Southeast on various products have some wondering about the ripple effect this may have on Mexican trade across agriculture. National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Senior Vice President for Policy Strategy and International Trade, Jaime Castaneda, looked at the issue and how the dairy industry continues to monitor it, during …

House Lawmakers Introduce Helping America’s Farmers Act

Clint Thompson Dairy, USDA

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives this week introduced the Helping America’s Farmers Act. The legislation would create a new economic injury disaster loan program at the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Introduced by Representative Jahana Hayes, a Connecticut Democrat and Antonio Delgado, a New York Democrat, the bill is endorsed by the National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy …


American Dairy Coalition Calls for Whole Milk to Return to Schools

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The American Dairy Coalition wants to bring whole milk back to U.S. school lunchrooms. According to the proposed Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, whole milk will continue to be banned from schools across the nation. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines are only updated and published every five years. The coalition says, “the time is now to ensure whole milk can once …

Dietary Guidelines Reaffirms Dairy’s Crucial Role, But Wider Science Review Needed

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said it was pleased that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s final report reaffirms dairy’s crucial role in a nutritious diet but expressed concern that the committee failed to recognize newer, broader science that shows the benefits of dairy foods at all fat levels.    “The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) today …


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 …


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. …