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Pushing for Improved Dairy-Pricing

Dan Dairy, Marketing

Many dairy producers have suffered losses due to the extreme price disruptions that have been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is calling for changes to the so-called Class I fluid milk price mover to help producers recover from those losses. They note dairy farmers may lose roughly $800 million in revenues under the current Class …

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Farmers Gain Improved Access to Small Business Support as PPP Reopens

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Cover Crops, Dairy, Equine, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Wheat

(NMPF) — The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is pleased that farmers who run their operations as sole proprietors, independent contractors, or otherwise self-employed individuals will have newly expanded access as soon as today to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under changes made in the COVID stimulus package Congress approved last month. Producers who were denied PPP loans or whose …

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Regulations for Future Oversight of Animal Ag Biotechnology

Dan Biotechnology, Cattle, Dairy, Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon have oversight of parts of federal regulations regarding food and fiber animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. Rod Bain has the story.   Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach, discusses the history of federal animal biotechnology regulatory oversight, leading up to a recent announcement of USDA taking over …

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Farmers to Families Food Box Program Purchases to Continue

Dan Beef, Corn, Dairy, Economy, Fruits, Industry News Release, Peanuts, Pork, Poultry, USDA, Vegetables, Wheat

(USDA/AMS) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In total, USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This new round of …

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December 2020 Dairy Market Report

Clint Thompson Dairy

The December 2020 Dairy Market Report is now available and it indicates that 2020 continues to bring turbulent headwinds to dairy demand, which the industry has survived with heightened government support and robust export markets. The new Dairy Management, Inc. report indicates total domestic commercial use of dairy products posted a small gain during the August–October period, despite the pandemic’s …

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in Snow Leopard at a Kentucky Zoo

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, USDA-APHIS

(USDA/APHIS) — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in a snow leopard at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky. This is the first snow leopard in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.  Confirmatory testing is ongoing for two other snow …

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Farm Bureau Stepping Up in Dean Foods Legal Proceedings

Dan Dairy, Economy, Industry News Release

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is getting involved in the Dean Foods legal proceedings. The major dairy processor filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in November of 2019. Dairy farmers who had previously sold milk to the company have been sent letters demanding repayment of previous milk checks. In the letters, producers are being threatened with legal action if they …

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AFBF Stands Up for Farmers in Predatory Shakedown

Clint Thompson Dairy

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2020 – The American Farm Bureau Federation is standing up for hundreds of dairy farmers being targeted by predatory lawyers representing the estate of Dean Foods, which is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. Almost 500 dairy farmers who once sold milk to Dean Foods received letters threatening legal action unless they refund money legitimately earned prior to the bankruptcy filing. …

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FSA Administrator: Signup for DMC Ends December 11

Dan Dairy, Economy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for calendar year 2021 is just a week away. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened DMC signup in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce told Southeast AgNet, signup for …

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APHIS Announces Farm Bill Funding to Protect Animal Health

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Livestock, USDA

(USDA/APHIS) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding $14.4 million to 76 projects with states, universities, and other partners to strengthen our programs to protect animal health. This critical funding supports projects focused on increasing practical livestock biosecurity measures or advancing rapid depopulation and disposal abilities to be used during high- …