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Housing Pre-Weaned Calves

Dr. Sandra Godden at the University of Minnesota joined us on today's Producer Tuesday to share some of the best management practices when housing and feeding pre-weaned calves:

Dairy at a Crossroads

Dr. Mike Hutjens looks at the current dairy situation:

NMPF Welcomes California Dairies

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) welcomed California Dairies Inc., the second-largest U.S. dairy cooperative by volume, into its membership by unanimous vote during its June board meeting. NMPF's Chris Galen has more:

Managing Summer Manure Application

Fall and spring seasons are typical times for manure spreading, but summer can prove to have better weather and soil conditions. We learn more with Aaron Pape from UW Discovery Farms:

Latest Reports Mixed

FC Stone's Dave Kurzawksi recaps last week's market news with Lee Mielke:

Happy June Dairy Month!

Consumers have many choices these days, even when purchasing products in the dairy case. Dr. Mike Hutjens takes a look at June Dairy Month, from the 1930's to today:

Class III Milk Price Jumps To Yearly High

The Agriculture Department’s monthly benchmark milk price has reached the highest level in over a year and a half. The May Federal order Class III price was announced at $16.38 per hundredweight, up 42 cents from April, $1.20 above May 2018, and the highest Class III...

Observations From Europe

Dr. Ryan Leiterman tells us what dairy practices he observed from his recent trip to the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Russia:

Managing Manure Year-Round

Improving soil conditions for better manure spreading is our topic this week with Aaron Pape from UW-Discovery Farms. Today's Producer Tuesday, brought to you by PDPW:

Latest Trade Data on China, New Zealand

High Ground Dairy's Lucas Fuess discusses the latest trade data on today's Mielke Monday:

NMPF Urges Congress to Put Farmers First in Lame-Duck Session

Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), urged Congress to make passing a new farm bill a top priority in its lame-duck session that starts tomorrow, saying that dairy farmers harmed by low prices would benefit from the certainty and improvements likely to be part of the final law.

“Given the sustained low prices dairy farmers have faced, coupled with uncertainty in agricultural trade policy, it is more important than ever that Congress quickly enact the 2018 Farm Bill before adjourning for the year,” said Mulhern. “Both the House and Senate-passed bills make important reforms to dairy policy, making the Margin Protection Program a more effective safety net for producers and expanding producer access to additional risk management options.”

NMPF, whose member cooperatives produce the majority of milk in the United States, commended House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders for working to negotiate a final 2018 Farm Bill this year.

“We are grateful for the hard work the bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have put in to get us to this point,” said Mulhern. “We stand ready to work with them and their colleagues in the coming weeks to get the job done.”

National Milk has actively worked toward securing federal aid for dairy farmers at levels appropriate to the hardships producers face. On Oct. 24, NMPF urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider four separate analyses into trade-related dairy losses that each indicate damages of more than $1 billion when USDA calculates its second round of trade-mitigation payments slated for later this year. NMPF members reiterated that call the following week at their annual meeting in Phoenix.

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