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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.

Congress Fails To Pass Farm Bill

Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway’s expressed his frustration on Friday that he and his colleagues will be unable to get a bill done on time. Chairman Conaway said:

“I told a writer the other day that I probably played football too long but as long as there was time on the clock, the score didn’t matter, you just go at it as hard as you can, for as long as you can. Once the clock goes to all zeros, which will be midnight on Sept. 30, then it’s a new game.

Folks are beginning to talk about extensions or whatever they want to. To me, that means they’ve given up and I hate giving up. I just—I don’t like people who give up. That’s just not what we do. Where we sit right now it is across almost all of the titles, there are legitimate policy differences of opinion across them. It’s not just SNAP, it’s not just the farm bill, it’s not just conservation, it’s not title—it’s a variety of things that we have yet to come to grips with. It’s really frustrating because no one of them, who are actually all of them in combination, are worthy of us not getting this done. It’s just a matter of having the political will to make those hard choices.

Producers don’t need the additional anxiety or uncertainty of not knowing what the next 5 years looks like with respect to a farm bill. They’re living this five year drop in net farm income, 50 percent drop, the worst since the depression, no real prospects of the commodity prices getting any better, so getting the farm bill done is really important, but it’s got to be important to everybody negotiating. Right now, I don’t get the sense that getting something done has quite the sense of urgency with my Senate colleagues as it does with me.

I need to make hay while the sun shines right now. It’s shining on us and getting this farm bill done ought to be about the policy, it ought to be about the people, it ought to be about who we can help, who we can assist in these really really hard times. And just know that, the House of Representative guys that are fighting this fight are in it to get this thing done because their recognition of just how tough times are right now in production agriculture.”

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