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On World Milk Day, June 1, and throughout the month of June, Dairy Farmers of America will help raise awareness and provide relief towards the summer nutrition gap felt by nearly 18 million students who rely on school lunch programs across the country—almost twice the population of New York …

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The Israeli Dairy School will offer a Dairy Herd Management Seminar and Tour of Israel from Jan. 5 to 11, 2020. An opportunity to learn about the Israeli dairy industry’s success, the seminar offers American dairy farmers an introduction to Israel’s newest herd management technologies and da…

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U.S. agriculture interests took a big breath May 17, with the announcement that Section 232 Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico would be removed. President Donald Trump had imposed tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum in March 2018, under a 1962 Cold War-era t…

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Times are tough in the agriculture industry, including America’s dairy operations. Anyone watching trends in the dairy industry over the last decade knows the sector continues to face substantial challenges, including fluctuations in commodity prices, inclement weather, and trade negotiations.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the availability of a new web-based tool—developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin—to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage program.

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“If we don’t take care of ourselves, there isn’t going to be a dairy farm in the future. You and your families are the most important resources on the whole operation.”

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The annual Update for Veterinarians program, organized and provided by Iowa Beef Center, features a full day of education and information focused on beef cattle production. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark coordinates the program and invites practition…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place through M…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced recently that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be est…

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Kansas dairy industry partners and dairymen gathered in Garden City, Kansas, March 6, for the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Industry Conference. The conference shares topics of interest for the growing dairy sector across the state, but particularly those dairies in western Kansas.

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In August 2018, Clovis, New Mexico, dairy farmer Art Schaap was notified that his water wells were contaminated with toxins known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). The chemicals were traced back to contamination from the Cannon U.S. Air Force base just down the road from his Hig…

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The 2014 farm bill provided the most comprehensive reform to the United States federal safety net in decades by replacing countercyclical income and commodity price support programs with a margin-based insurance-style safety net.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a Livestock Mortality Workshop in Garden City on March 20 for cattle, swine and dairy owners to learn about options for managing large-scale mortality in their herds. The workshop will feature a keynote presentation by Gary Flory of G.A. Flo…

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Kansas Dairy Days, an annual event hosted by Kansas State University to provide new research findings and hot topics relevant to the industry, will be held in Whiteside on Feb. 5 and Seneca on Feb. 7.

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More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year. This U.S. Department of Agriculture program was significantly updated in February by the Bipartisan Act of 2018, and Agricultur…

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More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year. This U.S. Department of Agriculture program was significantly updated in February by the Bipartisan Act of 2018, and Agricultur…

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Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues during 2019 Dairy Days. The workshops, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialists, will be held at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 21 and Feb. 7, 2019.

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Livestock production in New Mexico is valued at $2.2 billion, according to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. To maintain and improve this sector of the state’s $3.2 billion agricultural income, producers are encouraged to adopt sustainable production practices.

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The Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues program is set for Dec. 4 at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Sioux County office in Orange City.

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Dairy Farmers of America, a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S., was recently awarded a Class Champion award for best italian for its part skim mozzarella at the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Championship Cheese Contest held recently in Phoenix, Arizon…

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Dairy farms with more than 1,000 cows now comprise nearly 50 percent of the dairy industry, up from only 29 percent the decade prior, showing consolidation of dairy operations has increased significantly. These larger dairy operations have taken advantage of economies of scale to survive the…

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Frozen teats? Ouch. Elevated somatic cell counts and clinical mastitis? No, thank you. It’s time to prepare your milk quality program for winter.

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In celebration of 10 years in business, Hildebrand Farms Dairy is hosting its annual Harvest Festival Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hildebrand family has been in the dairy business for four generations and in 2008 began processing their own product on the farm and in glass bottles.

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Animal Health scientist are making significant progress on mastitis management, which is responsible for up to 85 percent of the antimicrobials used in the dairy sector, according to the International Dairy Federation.The IDF’s annual Animal Health Report includes updates on latest research …

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will host a ranch gathering Aug. 28 at the K.C. Community Center in La Grange, Texas. The event will provide an opportunity for local cattle producers to learn about TSCRA’s recent activities, discuss issues facing cattle raisers and conn…

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Dairy Farmers of America, a national cooperative owned by family farmers across the U.S., is focused on helping bring innovation to the farm and the dairy case. Recently, the Cooperative and Sprint announced that applications are open for the 2019 Corporate Accelerator program that help iden…

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A new dairy insurance service from American Farm Bureau Insurance Services will bring an extra level of support to a dairy sector that has been battered by losses over the past four years.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced plans to purchase fluid milk, including whole, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim, in half gallons for distribution to The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 193…

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Driven by improvements made by Congress in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to inform dairy farmers about the enhanced program, more than 21,000 dairy farm operations have enrolled in the Dairy Margin Protection Program for the 2018 coverage …

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Milk production in Nebraska during the April-June 2018 quarter totaled 367 million pounds, up 1 percent from the April-June quarter last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 60,000 head, unchanged from the same period last year.

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National milk production in Kansas during June totaled 303 million pounds, up 7 percent from June 2017, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 158,000 head, 7,000 head more than June 2017. Milk production per cow averaged 1,920 pounds.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 13 members to fill vacancies on the 37-member National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Twelve appointees will serve three-year terms, Nov. 1, 2018, through Oct. 31, 2021. One appointee will serve the remaining portion of a v…

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Sustainability has always been a priority at Hiland Dairy Foods Company, which continuously seeks new ways to recycle, reduce and reuse at its production plants. Hiland Dairy’s most extensive effort to date took years to reach its current magnitude as a closed-loop sustainability initiative …