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Lower milk prices boosted Dean’s bottom line; September fluid milk minimum prices rise and August margins are improving.

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With commodity prices pressuring cropland values lower in most parts of the country, rental rates will need to follow suit for crop production to remain economically viable, according to a new report from Rabobank.

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Two USDA reports suggest dairy income margins should improve through the end of 2016. Days later, the Global Dairy Trade index jumped nearly 13 percent.

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As America’s dairy farmers endure the lowest milk prices since the Great Recession of 2009, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today asked the USDA to provide a measure of relief by purchasing at least $100 million worth of cheese products for donation to the needy – a measure that would help both farmers and food insecure Americans who patronize food banks.

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With a turnover rate of about one-third of the U.S. dairy herd annually, dairy records can help identify reasons why cows leave the milking herd. The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) provides one such snapshot of why cows leave Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) herds.

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