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Focus 2020

With the help of your fellow dairy producers, PDPW has put together an agenda for the 2020 Business Conference abounding with leading-edge information and the latest in education, innovations and research. We've also got a few new things in store for you. Cassandra...

U.S. Dairy Products Sales To China Improving

The trade war with China over U.S. whey products, lactose, and infant formula is over, says Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and the additional potential for dairy product sales to China:

Building Your Milk Check

The variability in milk prices has caused dairy farmers to work harder in making profits. Dr. Mike Hutjens provides some strategies to build a better milk check:

Milk Output Up

January milk output hit 18.8 billion pounds, according to preliminary data in the Agriculture Department’s first Milk Production report of 2020. That’s up 0.9% from January 2019. Output in the top 24 states totaled 17.9 billion, up 1.2%. Revisions added 88 million...

Farm Labor Crisis Needs Attention

The U.S. House passage of legislation that helps address dairy’s unique workforce challenges is now awaiting Senate approval. Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act:

Students Step Into Leadership

Young adults should save the date for PDPW Stride™ Conference, a transformational experience designed to help students build on their inherent talents and leadership strengths. Held Apr. 4-5, 2020 at Dodgeland High School in Juneau, Wis., the weekend program is for...

Dairy Markets “In Flux” Over Coronavirus

FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski gives a state of the dairy industry address and talks about the corona-virus and the Oscar's slam on the industry.

Peter Pan Heifers

Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses the issue of calves that just don't want to grow up.

NFU Members Decide On New Leader

After serving as president of National Farmers Union (NFU) for over a decade, Roger Johnson will not seek reelection next year. His current term will end at the organization’s annual convention in March, at which point an election for his successor will be held. Three...

2020 Business Conference Fast Approaching

Presented by dairy’s professional development organization – Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the 2020 PDPW Business Conference is held March 18-19 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The two-day program will bring together dairy farmers, agribusiness...

Minimizing Global Trade Troubling For U.S. Agriculture

Global trade turmoil remains in the spotlight and FC Stone’s Arlan Suderman wrote in his July 16 Morning Commentary that “Europe and Japan have signed a trade agreement to fight against the protectionist efforts of the United States, failing to mention protectionist efforts of their own in recent decades.” He talked of the “battle of public opinion and political persuasion, with most countries decrying protectionism while fully engaged in the same, and aggressively so.” 

FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski, in the July 23 Dairy Radio Now broadcast, said the ultimate question is, “Are we in this to build walls and barriers to slow global trade or expand it?” He said our actions right now appear to want to minimize global trade, which would be troubling for U.S. agriculture. 

 “One thing is clear,” he said, “The U.S. has no trade agreement with Japan and it looks like all the other major exporters now have at least some advantage, or will have an advantage, in the coming years.” Suderman adds that “Few countries are willing to fully eliminate tariffs and other protectionist mechanisms, although most want you to believe that is precisely the environment in which they operate.” 

Kurzawski sees the Administration’s actions as an exertion of power and leverage to “essentially better our place at the negotiation table and although things over the past eight weeks have been fairly grim as far as the trade wars are concerned, and it may still get worse before it gets better, but I do think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Listen to Lee Mielke’s interview with Dave Kurzawski here:

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