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DMC Is Timely

Safety nets have been a part of dairy’s financial landscape for many years but the net has changed since the old price support program and keeps changing. Hoard’s Dairyman managing editor Corey Geiger talked about the new Dairy Margin Coverage on today's Dairy Radio...

Managing Methane Emissions

Dr. Mike Hutjens, retired dairy extension specialist from the University of Illinois joins us on Dairy Radio to tell us more about reducing methane emissions on the dairy farm.

Substituting Real Milk For Fake Milk Could Put Kids At Risk

An important new study from the European Journal of Nutrition reveals that young children fed a diet relying on plant based beverages "may risk deficiencies of calcium, zinc, iodine, vitamins B2, B12, D, A, and indispensable amino acids." National Milk's Chris Galen...

What’s the Impact of Winter Kill?

Spring is finally here and alfalfa will be ready to harvest before you know it. After a tough winter of flooding and a polar vortex, there are a lot of questions around the topic of winter kill. Dr. David Combs, professor of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, discusses...

Will Spring Flush Affect Cheese Prices?

Jerry Dryer, analyst and consultant with JDG Consulting, says cheese prices popped higher earlier than he expected this spring, although he warns the price could slip due to the spring flush, which USDA says is occurring in parts of the West and Southern Central...

Milk Margin Data Shows 65 Cent Loss Per Cow

Dr. Mike Hutjens recaps new data from dairy CPA firm Genske, Mulder & Company on today's Feed Forum Friday:

Vilsack Bullish On Dairy Exports

Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S Dairy Export Council updates Dairy Radio listeners on an initiative that hopes to build U.S. dairy export volume from 15 to 20 percent. The former ag secretary spoke at today's Oregon Dairy Industries Conference in Salem,...

Research Looks At Farmer Mental Health

Dr. Josie Rudolphi, associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, joined us on Dairy Radio to share some of the research in the area of farmer mental health.

2,700 Dairies Quit in 2018

Lee Mielke discusses the current state of the industry with Corey Geiger, Managing Editor of Hoard's Dairyman:

New Recommendations When Feeding Calves

Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us about new research from the University of Guelph on feeding young calves:

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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