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Keller Named New Foundation Director

Janet Keller is taking over the reins as the new Executive Director of the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation. She joined us on Tuesday's Dairy Radio:

Disappearance Update

2018 total disappearance was higher across all commodities. High Ground Dairy's Lucas Fuess talks about it with Lee Mielke on Monday's Dairy Radio:

Managing Shrink Loss

Today we focus on saving feed costs by managing shrink loss with Dr. Mike Hutjens, retired dairy extension specialist from the U of Illinois:

NMPF Backs DAIRY PRIDE Act

The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act today, calling it another means toward a crucial end for consumers: the end of mislabeled non-dairy products as “milks” in the marketplace. Read more

Prep For Media

Working with the media may sound fun until reporters are showing up to cover an accident on your farm. Media veteran Katrina Cravy joined us on Dairy Radio Now with some tips.

Check For Tar Spot Complex

Farmers should be checking for Tar Spot Complex, a brand new fungus problem that has occurred in the corn-belt and other areas of the U.S. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on today's Dairy Radio Now.

Guidance To New DMC Program

With the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting the first month of data applicable to farmer payments under the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, the National Milk Producers Federation commended USDA for helping farmers understand the scope of DMC program and...

Don’t Cut Costs With Fans

During challenging times there are places to cut costs but not when investing in fans to power your ventilation tube system. Dr. Ryan Leiterman from Crystal Creek tells us more:

Dairy Value Chain Offers Quality

Kwik Trip is a family owned company based in Lacrosse, Wisconsin and home to more than 18,000 associates. Scott Falkenberg, Sr. Category Mgr, joined us on Dairy Radio Now to tell us more and also preview a panel discussion on the future of food at next week's PDPW...

DMC Signups Start Mid-June

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says signups for the new Dairy Margin Coverage program will start on June 17th. Bob Gray from Northeast Dairy Cooperatives joined us on today's Dairy Radio Now with more info:

Producers Urge Congress to Quickly Approve Pro-Dairy Farm Bill

With the release of a farm bill that Congress will vote on in the coming days, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) joined its member cooperatives and state dairy associations in urging Congress to pass the new law, which includes several measures crucial to dairy during tough economic times.

“Dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own are enduring a period of prolonged economic distress,” NMPF writes in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of each congressional agriculture committee – Reps. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “Timely reauthorization of the Farm Bill will provide effective, needed risk management tools to dairy producers across the country as we enter yet another year of uncertainty.”

The Farm Bill features several important policy reforms for dairy, including:

Affordable higher coverage levels in the Dairy Margin Coverage program (DMC) (renamed from the Margin Protection Program) will permit all dairy producers to insure margins above $8.00 on their Tier 1 (first five million pounds) production history.

  • The bill will reduce the cost of $5.00 margin coverage by roughly 88 percent. This aids larger producers and is critically important in states where margins fall more quickly.
  • Greater flexibility to allow producers of all sizes to access Tier 1 premium rates.
  • Expanded access to additional risk management tools, allowing producers to participate in both the DMC and the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program.
  • An option that will allow producers to receive a 25 percent discount on their premiums if they agree to lock in their coverage level for the entirety of the bill.

In addition to strong dairy-producer support, NMPF worked closely with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) to forge an unprecedented industry consensus. The final bill includes an agreement reached between the two organizations on risk management that will help producers, cooperatives and processors to better hedge price risk.

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