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Water Matters Tour Preview

In partnership with PDPW, UW Discovery Farms is presenting a Water Matters Tour in Verona, Wisconsin on June 26th from 9:30am-3:30 pm. Stops include SunBurst Dairy, City of Verona Public Works, and Wisconsin Brewing Company. Together, with community members, dairy...

Trumped in Turmoil?

The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy's latest commercial disappearance data....

MPP Enrollment Extended

Dairy farmers have additional time to review their 2018 coverage options in the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). The deadline to enroll has been extended to June 22, 2018.  Chris Galen, Sr. Vice-President of Communications with the National Milk Producers...

Senate Farm Bill Improves Risk Management While Boosting Milk Consumption

IDFA today commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill, with a 20-to-1 bipartisan vote, that allows for greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations. The legislation also extends...

Registration Open for 2018 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour

Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) educational sessions, and facility design sessions to best run your operation and industry updates. The program is...

More Milk Needed To Cover Demand in 2030

Between now and 2030, the worldwide demand for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current U.S. milk production, according to findings released in the latest publication from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), and discussed recently...

Agriculture Can Be a Dangerous Job

Too often we hear or read of farm incidents where a farm worker or family member was seriously injured or killed, but injuries are preventable. Melissa Ploeckelman, outreach specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center says the center is providing resources to...

Trip to Asia Reveals Opportunities For US Beef

Identifying opportunities to bring more US beef to Asia was the focus of cattle industry leaders on a recent trip with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joan Ruskamp, chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion board and a cattle producer from Nebraska says that...

NCBA President Keeps Active Schedule

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Kevin Kester is a fifth-generation California rancher. Kester is a past Vice President and Policy Division Chairman, after serving as the Policy Division Vice Chairman. Kevin has served as Chairman of the Joint...

Observations in Washington DC

The following opinion piece was written by Arden Tewksbury of Pro-Ag based in Pennsylvania: After spending parts of three days in Washington DC last week, I am fully convinced that there won't be anything coming out of the new Farm Bill that will have a real benefit...

Trumped in Turmoil?

The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy's latest commercial disappearance data....

MPP Enrollment Extended

Dairy farmers have additional time to review their 2018 coverage options in the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). The deadline to enroll has been extended to June 22, 2018.  Chris Galen, Sr. Vice-President of Communications with the National Milk Producers...

More Milk Needed To Cover Demand in 2030

Between now and 2030, the worldwide demand for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current U.S. milk production, according to findings released in the latest publication from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), and discussed recently...

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Trip to Asia Reveals Opportunities For US Beef

Identifying opportunities to bring more US beef to Asia was the focus of cattle industry leaders on a recent trip with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joan Ruskamp, chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion board and a cattle producer from Nebraska says that...

NCBA President Keeps Active Schedule

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Kevin Kester is a fifth-generation California rancher. Kester is a past Vice President and Policy Division Chairman, after serving as the Policy Division Vice Chairman. Kevin has served as Chairman of the Joint...

How To Handle Unwanted Visitors

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a nationwide nonprofit organization working to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, is appalled by the recent actions of Direct Action Everywhere, an extreme animal rights group. As part of its "Animal Liberation...

Labeling Lawsuit Denied Because of Statute of Limitations

The U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington granted summary judgment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a lawsuit filed by R-CALF USA and the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW).  The lawsuit alleged that the USDA was unlawfully allowing...

Celebrate Beef!

June is not only "dairy month" but a time to celebrate grads, dads, weddings, and more. Stacey Lorenz, director of outreach with the Illinois Beef Association says whatever the occasion, celebrate with beef!  ...

U.S. Beef Stands Out

U.S Beef is standing out among competitors because of its unique grain-fed, well-marbled taste, according to Joe Schuele, VP of communications with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, based in Denver. "We feel like we have a unique product," he told American Cattle News....

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Trumped in Turmoil?

The retaliatory tariff war with Mexico may not be as devastating for dairy as some fear, according to FC Stone dairy broker Dave Kurzawski. He talks with Lee Mielke about it and reports dairy's latest commercial disappearance data....

MPP Enrollment Extended

Dairy farmers have additional time to review their 2018 coverage options in the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). The deadline to enroll has been extended to June 22, 2018.  Chris Galen, Sr. Vice-President of Communications with the National Milk Producers...

Senate Farm Bill Improves Risk Management While Boosting Milk Consumption

IDFA today commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill, with a 20-to-1 bipartisan vote, that allows for greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations. The legislation also extends...

More Milk Needed To Cover Demand in 2030

Between now and 2030, the worldwide demand for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current U.S. milk production, according to findings released in the latest publication from the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), and discussed recently...

Agriculture Can Be a Dangerous Job

Too often we hear or read of farm incidents where a farm worker or family member was seriously injured or killed, but injuries are preventable. Melissa Ploeckelman, outreach specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center says the center is providing resources to...

Observations in Washington DC

The following opinion piece was written by Arden Tewksbury of Pro-Ag based in Pennsylvania: After spending parts of three days in Washington DC last week, I am fully convinced that there won't be anything coming out of the new Farm Bill that will have a real benefit...

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Water Matters Tour Preview

In partnership with PDPW, UW Discovery Farms is presenting a Water Matters Tour in Verona, Wisconsin on June 26th from 9:30am-3:30 pm. Stops include SunBurst Dairy, City of Verona Public Works, and Wisconsin Brewing Company. Together, with community members, dairy producers, consumers and local elected officials, learn how we work together to keep our water safe and accessible.  Join for tours, discussions, solutions, and answers to your water quality questions.

The registration cost of $30/person includes bus travel, snacks, refreshments, and lunch.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Amber Radatz is Co-Director with Discovery Farms. Her work focuses on assisting farmers with issues related to manure management, water quality and nitrogen use efficiency, especially in western Wisconsin. She joined us on Tuesday’s Dairy Radio Now to preview this year’s tour.

For additional information or to register, call 800-947-7379 or email mail@pdpw.org.

 

MPP Enrollment Extended

Dairy farmers have additional time to review their 2018 coverage options in the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). The deadline to enroll has been extended to June 22, 2018.  Chris Galen, Sr. Vice-President of Communications with the National Milk Producers Federation joined us on today’s Dairy Radio Now with more information:

Meanwhile, NMPF today commended the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee for crafting a bipartisan Farm Bill that contains beneficial provisions for America’s dairy farmers. Following today’s passage by a margin of 20-1, the bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

The Senate Farm Bill contains enhancements to the dairy Margin Protection Program sought by NMPF, including improved coverage levels and greater program flexibility. The measure raises the maximum covered margin to $9/cwt. and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured. It also includes an important agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association on price risk management. Read more

 

Senate Farm Bill Improves Risk Management While Boosting Milk Consumption

IDFA endorsed a proposal from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, that would encourage SNAP participants to buy more milk and gain essential nutrients that many Americans are missing in their diets.

IDFA today commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill, with a 20-to-1 bipartisan vote, that allows for greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations. The legislation also extends the Dairy Forward Pricing Program to 2023, improves the safety net for dairy farmers and creates a new milk incentive program within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve participants’ diets by increasing fluid milk consumption.   

“Managing price risk and increasing consumption are the dairy industry’s key priorities, and we commend Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for drafting a farm bill that will provide increased health benefits to consumers, while empowering dairy processors and producers to help fuel the American economy,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. 

The committee included an IDFA-endorsed proposal from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, that would encourage SNAP participants to buy more milk and gain nutrients essential to good health that many Americans are missing in their diets. 

“IDFA worked closely with Sen. Ernst and her staff to develop the proposal for a SNAP pilot program that will encourage Americans receiving food assistance to protect their health and strengthen their bones and muscles,” Dykes said. “Only one in 10 Americans consumes the number of servings of dairy a day recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This proposal takes a crucial step toward narrowing this gap, especially for low-income families with children.” 

IDFA also welcomed the committee’s decision to include a new Milk Donation Program, as well as enhancements to the Margin Protection Program (MPP), a voluntary safety net program for dairy farmers. The Milk Donation Program would allow dairy processors and producers to team with charitable organizations to donate milk to people in need and to reduce food waste. 

“U.S. dairy products companies support nearly 3 million jobs, generate more than $39 billion in direct wages and have an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion. Our powerful engine for American jobs and economic stimulus will only continue to contribute and grow under this farm bill,” Dykes said.

Registration Open for 2018 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour

Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) educational sessions, and facility design sessions to best run your operation and industry updates. The program is sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Boehringer Ingelheim, and the checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance program. 

The tour features stops in Clemson, S.C., from Aug. 24-25, Montrose, Colo., from Sept. 21-22, Stephenville, Texas, from Oct. 5-6, Pasco, Wash., from Oct. 12-13, and Tulare, Calif., from Dec. 12-13, and will be led by stockmanship experts Curt Pate, Ron Gill and Dean Fish. Read more