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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19:Click Here For More...

Impact on Prices

Global dairy strategist Mary Ledman from Rabobank Finance updated producers on the recent dairy market activity and how the global pandemic continues to impact prices - comments from a recent PDPW Dairy Signal Webcast:

Dairy Producers Optimistic

Dairy producers remain optimistic and determined to get through the COVID-19 pandemic inspired downturn, according to Hoard's Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger, following last week's Dairy Livestream discussion. He talks with Lee Mielke about it:

Dairy Market Report

Official U.S. dairy statistics are just starting to register the impacts of the pandemic, provisionally in productconsumption data, stock levels and federal milk marketing order prices. Full Report from DMI

Summer Forage Alternatives

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us on our Feed Forum Friday to discuss forage needs and some creative alternatives to think about:

California Quota Hearing Set

CDFA announced a new date for the Chapter 3.5 quota hearing and this week CDFA announced additional details regarding the process. Read More from Western United Dairymen

Farm Bureau Welcomes Direct Payment Details

The American Farm Bureau welcomes the announcement by President Trump detailing how the $16 billion in direct payments to farmers from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will be distributed. Read More From AFBF

Phase 1 Underway

Covid-19 has changed the way we live our lives but word of restaurants and other food services slowly opening up across the country is great news, according to economist Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company: Full Podcast on PDPW Dairy Signal

Dairy Prices Showing Recent Strength

Dairy prices have seen some strength recently. HighGround Dairy’s Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, Lucas Fuess, talks about it with Lee Mielke. He also question's the increase in U.S. milk output spelled out in last week's World Agricultural Supply and Demand...

COVID-19 Economic Impact

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us to discuss COVID-19's economic impact at the farm gate:

Class III Drops 56 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the October Federal Order Class III benchmark milk price at $15.53 per hundredweight, down 56 cents from September, $1.16 below October 2017, and equates to $1.34 per gallon, down from $1.38 in September and $1.44 a year ago. The 10-month average is $14.72, down from $16.18 at this time a year ago and compares to $14.42 in 2016.

October’s Class IV price is $15.01, up 20 cents from September,16 cents above a year ago, and the highest Class IV since September 2017. Its 10-month average is $14.10, down from $15.44 a year ago and compares to 13.65 in 2016.

California’s final Class 4a and 4b milk prices were announced Thursday by the California Department of Food and Agriculture as the nation’s Number 1 milk producer became part of the Federal Milk Market Order system on November 1. The October 4b cheese milk price is $15.43 per cwt., down 19 cents from September, 74 cents below a year ago, and 10 cents below the Federal order Class III price. The 10 month 4b average stands at $14.45, down from $15.33 a year ago and compares to $13.72 in 2016. 

The 4a butter-powder price is $14.49, up 40 cents from September, 2 cents below a year ago, and the highest 4a since October 2017. Its 10-month average is at $13.66, down from $15.24 a year ago and compares to $13.25 in 2016. Courtesy: Mielke Market Weekly 

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