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Feed Your Calves Clean Colostrum

Dr. Mike Hutjens joins us once again on our Feed Form Friday to discuss a "real must" on dairy farms - clean colostrum:

Simplify Your Dairy Decisions

Connect and visualize your data and make better decisions faster with My Dairy Dashboard. That's according to CEO Mitch Norby, who joined us on today's Dairy Radio Now to share the latest.

Consistency and Cleanliness Are Keys To Quality Milk

Keith Engel, dairy farm hygiene & supplies specialist at GEA Farm Technologies joined us on today's Wellness Wednesday to discuss the importance of consistency and cleanliness when producing high quality milk.

Rural Health Has A Model

Part three of our conversation with Rhonda Strebel, executive director of the Rural Health Initiative. She tells us that the Wisconsin based organization is 'one of a kind' in the U.S.

No Benefit From GDT Jump

The big jump in the latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction was good news for the global dairy market but the U.S. is not benefiting as much from it. Lee Mielke talks with HighGround Dairy's director of market intelligence, Lucas Fuess:

Lessons Learned From the Polar Vortex

Dr. Mike Hutjens joined us on our Feed Form Friday to discuss the recent cold snap farmers are facing in the Midwest.

Funding the Government

Will cooler heads prevail to fund the U.S. government? Chris Galen with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today's Policy Thursday:

Leave The Fans On

It is human nature to turn the fans off during the cold winter months, but Dr. Ryan Leiterman says, "What's the harm? " He explains in this month's installment of "A Breath of Fresh Air."

Healthy Farmer Focus

The Rural Health Initiative is dedicated to the health and safety of farmers in northeast Wisconsin.  Executive director Rhonda Strebel joined us on Dairy Radio's Producer Tuesday for part two, sponsored by PDPW:

Global Outlook Positive

The U.S. Dairy Export Council's latest outlook is positive for 2019. Alan Levitt, VP of Communications & Market Analysis joined us on our Mielke Monday to discuss:

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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