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A Tradition: Penn State’s Ag Progress Days

The largest outdoor farm show in Pennsylvania just wrapped up. John Clark is with Jesse Darlington at Penn State's Ag Progress Days:

Navigating High Feed Prices

How high are feed prices? "Eye popping levels," according to - Will Babler, Principle at Atten-Babler Commodities, LLC, who recently gave a presentation on PDPW's Dairy Signal:

Butter High Short-Lived

Butter hit a seven-year high on Aug 3rd but was short-lived. StoneX broker Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about it, and how bullish he is on cheese, despite prices falling below $2 per pound.

Update On Calf Requirements

Dr. Mike Hutjens is back with another installment of Feed Forum Friday:

How Many Heifers To Succeed?

Dr. Gavin Staley, Technical Services Director at Diamond V, shares info from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal: on the production lifespan of a dairy cow, and just how many heifers are needed for a successful dairy operation.

Class III Takes A Hit

The news was mixed this past week with the $1.81 drop in the Class III milk price, however U.S. dairy exports remained strong in June. HighGround Dairy's Lucas Fuess talks with Lee Mielke about the highlights.

Keeping Cows Cool

Dr. Mike Hutjens shares tips to keeping cows cool on this week's Feed Forum Friday:

Inflation Reduction Act Discussed

Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today's Policy Thursday to discuss the revamping of the scuttled Build Back Better initiative:

The Science Behind Heat Stress

We know heat stress affects animals on the ground, but what's interesting is heat stress can actually be multi-generational. Dr. Ryan Leiterman, director of technical services with Crystal Creek, explains on this month's 'Ask the Vet' segment.

Evaluation of Biochar on Anaerobic Digestion

Dr. Joseph Sanford, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture, and UW-Platteville faculty researcher for the Dairy Innovation Hub recently updated PDPW Dairy Signal viewers and listeners on what Biochar is and how we continue to learn more research about it.

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Trade Win Over Canada

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) celebrated a landmark decision published this week which found Canada is improperly restricting access to its market for U.S. dairy products in violation of its U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) commitments. NMPF’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on what this means for the U.S. dairy industry moving forward:


DMC Signups Begin Monday

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging farmers to sign up for maximum coverage in 2022 under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, which USDA announced will open for enrollment from Monday, Dec. 13, through Feb. 18. This year’s DMC signup is accompanied by new enhancements that make the program even more valuable for producers seeking protection against unforeseen market risks. NMPF’s Chris Galen updated Dairy Radio Now listeners on Thursday’s broadcast:


Make Every Drop Count

The dairy community will soon be gathering at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas Nov. 14-17 for the 2021 NMPF annual meeting, held in conjunction with the national dairy checkoff organizations overseen by Dairy Management Inc.  With a theme of “Make Every Drop Count,” this year’s event will examine how dairy’s policy and promotion organizations work together globally to build markets for dairy products. The annual meeting website has more information. NMPF’s Chris Galen gives Dairy Radio Now listeners a preview:


Proposed Spending Bill Goes To House

The House Appropriations Committee proposes a spending bill for fiscal ’22 that includes a wide variety of assistance and programs. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Membership Services and Strategic Initiatives with the National Milk Producers Federation gave us an update on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Working With New Administration

In a recent meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, and NMPF’s Chairman Randy Mooney offered to closely collaborate with Ambassador Tai and the entire Biden Administration on trade in order to strengthen the health of the U.S. dairy industry to allow for further expansion of the hundreds of thousands of dairy-reliant jobs across the country. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


PPP Worth Another Look

Dairy farmers and Cooperatives can still apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Interested borrowers can apply for either type of PPP loan or have their first loan reevaluated by their lender until May 31. Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on today’s Dairy Radio Now:


Stronger Dairy Prices Ahead

The worst of the coronavirus-induced plunge in the dairy economy may be over. The sharp drop in dairy product prices in April, prompted by the pandemic, has been followed by a strong recovery in cash market prices in May that’s continuing into June. That’s according to the latest Dairy Market Report from DMI/NMPF: Read Here


Dairy Rebound Expected

Higher milk prices and effective federal policies – both encouraged by dairy’s unity in responding to the coronavirus crisis – are presenting positive opportunities, according to James “Cricket” Jacquier, a member of the NMPF’s executive committee and chairman of the board for Agri-Mark. Dairy Defined Podcast


Stay Focused

The economic and health risks of coronavirus have many dairy producers on edge – but staying focused on the task at hand and remembering the value that dairy farming provides can help carry farmers through, says NMPF’s Emily Yeiser-Stepp: LISTEN


Spotlight on Bovine Coronavirus

More than four decades of dairy-industry experience with bovine coronavirus shouldn’t translate to complacency on farms about the human version, says Mike Lormore, the Director of U.S. Dairy Cattle Technical Services for Zoetis, in a recent NMPF podcast.


Global Trade News Update

A flurry of trade legislation activity occurred in Washington D.C. recently and has the U.S. dairy industry optimistic for feeding the world.. Chris Galen, Sr. VP of Strategic Initiatives and Membership Services updated Dairy Radio listeners on the latest news:

Senate Urged To Pass USMCA

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) praised the House of Representatives for approving legislation implementing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). As NMPF”s Chris Galen tells us, now it’s the Senate’s turn:

House Passes Ag Labor Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038). The bill, the first House-passed agricultural labor reform since a comprehensive immigration plan in 1986, includes critical provisions to address dairy’s unique workforce needs. NMPF’s Chris Galen discusses the issue and also provides an update on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement:

Attitude of Gratitude

Today’s broadcast is with Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation. We hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and most of all, gratitude.

Ag Labor and Trade Priorities

As public impeachment hearings kicked off in Washington, the National Milk Producers Federation continues to push congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada trade deal and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation joins us:

Latest Dairy Market Report

Dairy producers are seeing their highest prices in five years and signup in the improved DMC program has generated support. But, two negative factors are the decline of butter prices and the softening of U.S. dairy export volume growth in the past half-decade. The latest issue of the Dairy Market Report for October 2019 is now available online.

Guest Worker Bill Introduced

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform and helps dairy operators with year-round employment was introduced in the House. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more on Dairy Radio:

Global Trade Update

Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated listeners on the latest trade talks with Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and the European Union:

Joint Annual Meeting Fast Approaching

Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today’s Dairy Radio to preview the upcoming joint annual meeting with the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA). Nov. 4-6, 2019- more info

FDA Looks to Modernize Food Standards of Identity

A public meeting is being held in Washington D.C. tomorrow, Sept. 27, 2019, to hear feedback on FDA’s effort to modernize food standards of identity. FDA is particularly interested in horizontal changes, to provide flexibility for manufacturers to develop healthier foods.  The dairy industry is warning the FDA to proceed with caution:

Last Call For DMC Sign-up

With sign-up for the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage program ending Friday, the National Milk Producers Federation urged all dairy farmers to enroll in the program, which guarantees a payout for producers that’s higher than program premiums in 2019. NMPF’s Chris Galen provides more info:

U.S. Dairy Needs Strong Deal With Japan

70 dairy companies sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Rep and Sec. of Ag asking the U.S. government to quickly finalize a strong trade deal with Japan in order to secure critical market access for the dairy industry here at home. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation tells us more:

CWT Update

CWT continues to post strong numbers by assisting member cooperatives in securing contracts to sell dairy products to places like Asia, Central America, the Middle East, Oceania and South America. National Milk’s Chris Galen gives us an update on today’s Dairy Radio:

Farmers Get Trade Package Relief

From National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern:

“Dairy farmers have been harmed substantially by disrupted markets. We know that USDA is concerned about the damage being done to dairy farmers by ongoing tariff battles. We hope it will use the full range of tools available to provide a large segment of the payment in the first tranche to appropriately assist milk producers who have experienced a prolonged downturn in prices because of these conflicts,” he said. “We appreciate USDA’s concern for dairy’s needs, and we look forward to working with USDA, Congress and the White House as the department further develops its plans.”

NMPF estimates that producers have lost at least $2.3 billion in revenues through March due to higher tariffs against U.S. dairy, which has lowered milk prices for all producers.

DMC Signup Info


The National Milk Producers Federation continues to encourage farmers to prepare for Dairy Margin Coverage signup, scheduled to begin June 17. The USDA’s decision tool, designed to help farmers determine their appropriate coverage level, is now online here. Later this week, letters will be sent to producers informing them of their premium refunds under the previous Margin Protection Program. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells us more:

Strong Support For Dairy PRIDE Act

The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act, calling it another means toward a crucial end for consumers: the end of mislabeled non-dairy products as “milks” in the marketplace. NMPF’s Chris Galen joined provides an update:

Guidance To New DMC Program

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting the first month of data applicable to farmer payments under the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, the National Milk Producers Federation commended USDA for helping farmers understand the scope of DMC program and offered its own example to illustrate the potential benefits of maximizing coverage under the new top margin-coverage level of $9.50 per hundredweight. Read More