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U.S. Cheese Prices Climb

Block Cheddar cheese hit the highest price in almost five years and is the highest priced cheese in the world. It closed “Friday the 13th” at $2.2050 per pound, up an astounding 20 3/4-cents on the week, the highest since October 22, 2014.  FC Stone dairy broker...

High Moisture Corn

Dr. Mike Hutjens provides great information on the upcoming harvest season and managing high moisture corn:

Vilsack Optimistic After China, Japan Trip

Returning from a whirlwind seven-day trip to China and Japan, USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack said he is optimistic about the long-term health of U.S. dairy exports despite challenges caused by current trade disputes:

Adjusting to Trade War

Matt Gould, editor and analyst of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, talked with Lee Mielke about this week's July Dairy Products report and the latest U..S dairy export data:

Aug Class III Up a Nickel

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $17.60 per hundredweight, up a nickel from July, $2.65 above August 2018, and the highest Class III price since December 2014. The 2019 Class III average stands at $15.83,...

Margin Coverage Numbers

Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at the payment numbers of the new Dairy Margin Coverage program:

Prompt Passage of USMCA Critical

The National Milk Producers Federation is pushing for quick passage of the U.S. - Mexico - Canada Agreement when Congress returns. NMPF's Chris Galen has more:

Six ‘Spokes’ to Calf Health

Keeping calves healthy is like riding a bike. Dr. Ryan Leiterman of Crystal Creek shares the six "spokes" of a healthy calf wheel Calf Wheel of Health; a more visual way of explaining healthy and sick calves.

Pro Farmer Tour Recap

Results from this year’s Pro Farmer Tour were made public on corn and soybean yields. FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski talks with Lee Mielke about its message on dairy feed prices:  

Feed Inventory On Dairy Farms

We need to have forage for our animals in the coming year. Dr. Mike Hutjens gives us some tips on how to properly manage your feed inventory before it's too late.

More Milk Options in School Meals

The National Milk Producers Federation commended Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for returning low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The final rule implementing regulatory changes needed to add low-fat flavored milk to more school menus and other nutrition programs serving children was announced today by the USDA and will be published later this month in the Federal Register

“NMPF thanks Secretary Perdue for completing this step that will encourage milk consumption in schools,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the NMPF. “USDA’s own studies have shown that students drank less milk after low-fat chocolate milk was removed from schools. Returning low-fat flavored milk to school menus will help reverse this harmful trend.  Milk has been an integral part of school meals since their beginning, and greater milk consumption equals better nutrition for America’s kids. The new rule is good news for schools, students and American dairy farmers.”

The final rule makes permanent the changes Secretary Purdue implemented last year to streamline the process by which schools can serve low-fat flavored milk. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture eliminated low-fat flavored milk as an option in school meal and a la carte programs, after which milk consumption in schools dropped. Students consumed 288 million fewer half-pints of milk from 2012-2015, even as public-school enrollments grew.

The USDA action will allow schools to offer low-fat flavored milk without requiring them to demonstrate either a reduction in student milk consumption or an increase in school milk waste, bureaucratic hoops that had limited their ability to offer low-fat flavored milk in the 2017/18 school year.

NMPF appreciates the bipartisan efforts of numerous members of Congress who advocated for this change, most notably Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT).

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