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Summer Feed Status

Corn prices have been on the rise this summer. Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more:

August Class I Up 71 Cents

The Agriculture Department announced the August Federal Order Class I base milk price at $17.89 per hundredweight, up 71 cents from July, $3.74 above August 2018, and the highest Class I price since January 2015’s $18.58. It equates to $1.54 per gallon, up from $1.22...

Prevented Planting Update

Prevented planting is the failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date or during the late planting period.  Dr. Mike Hutjens tells us more on this week's Feed Forum Friday:

CWT Update

CWT continues to post strong numbers by assisting member cooperatives in securing contracts to sell dairy products to places like Asia, Central America, the Middle East, Oceania and South America. National Milk's Chris Galen gives us an update on today's Dairy Radio:

Vitamin Power

The role of B vitamins in the dairy cow rations and the impact it has on performance and health:

USDA Agencies Should Stay in DC

The move to relocate two USDA agencies (ERS & NIFA) to Kansas City is being questioned by dairy scientists. Dr. Ken Olson from the American Dairy Science Association joined us on today's Dairy Radio:

Dairying in Russia

The Russian dairy industry proved to be a stark contrast to three other countries recently visited by Dr. Ryan Leiterman. He shares his observations and why he's thankful to be back home!

Encouraging Milk Prices

Encouraging milk prices starts with the supply, according to Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter. While he does see higher feed prices ahead due to weather conditions affecting crops in the Midwest, he doesn't see that as...

Managing Capital Costs

Dr. Mike Hutjens addresses some important issues when managing capital costs on the dairy farm:

DMC Signups Underway

Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation updated Dairy Radio listeners on the new Dairy Margin Coverage safety net for dairy producers.

Trump Tax Reform Includes Repeal of Death Tax

Top officials in the Trump Administration released their proposal for comprehensive tax donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedreform this week, calling it the “biggest tax cut in U.S. history.” The plan is designed to serve as the starting point as Congress and the Administration work to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year.

Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of government affairs, said the Administration included in the proposal immediate repeal of the Death Tax – a priority for NCBA. Listen to her comments on American Cattle News:

“Permanent repeal of the death tax has been a priority for cattlemen and women for decades,” said Beck. “Since the Death Tax was implemented nearly a century ago it has not only failed to meet the misguided goals set by Congress, but has threatened the existence of many multi-generational farms and ranches.”

The tax reform proposal comes on the heels of an executive order signed by President Trump yesterday on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America. The EO establishes an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Policy and contains specific policy goals aimed at supporting rural agriculture, economic development, job growth, and infrastructure improvement, including:

Promoting the preservation of farms and agribusinesses as they are passed from one generation to the next, including changes to the estate tax and the tax valuation of family or cooperatively held businesses.

“The Death Tax is clearly on the Administration’s radar and for that we are appreciative,” said Beck. “NCBA will assist the Administration however we can as they work to put together a comprehensive tax reform package.”

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