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  • At first glance, USDA’s monthly report might indicate the growth wave of U.S. milk production has subsided. But, when adjusted for 2016’s leap day, milk output remains at high tide.

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  • The April 28 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar features ovulation synchronization (Ovsynch) programs, the basis for most timed artificial insemination (A.I.) programs in dairy cows in the U.S. Richard Pursley, Michigan State University (MSU) professor of animal science, will provide an update on these valuable pregnancy rate enhancement tools. The webinar starts at 1 p.m. Central time.

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  • America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

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Topics

  • It takes at least three years for a farm to transition from conventional practices to organic, but that transition time can be an important period to gain knowledge and build relationships, said Julia Barton, sustainable agriculture educator with Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA).

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  • The key to a successful dairy farm always starts with creating a positive environment for your cows. With new advancements in technology and efficiency available each day, it is important to be aware of the cows’ needs before making monumental changes to an operation.

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  • Trade has garnered a lot of attention from the Trump administration and in recent political discussions as of late, but trade has always been an important issue for the U.S. dairy industry. Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president of strategic initiatives and trade policy with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, explained the value international trade has for dairy farmers and their bottom line during his presentation at FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative’s annual meeting on Feb. 10.

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