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While the current Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) runs through the end of next year, an amendment included in a fiscal year (FY) 2018 agricultural spending bill could provide a head start for changes in the next farm bill.

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A provision to provide dairy farmers with increased access to foreign-born workers has been included in a bill to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The amendment, offered by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Washington), expands the federal H-2A farm worker visa program to include year-round employees on dairy farms.

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Northeastern U.S. dairy producers have shown remarkable resilience in the face of falling revenues, according to the annual Northeast Dairy Farm Summary. However, sharply declining asset-to-liability ratios and growth in debt per cow are worrisome, according to presenters featured during a recent Farm Credit East webinar summarizing the 2016 results.

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“It’s better with butter” might be a marketing theme, but it’s also true when it comes to dairy farmer milk checks.

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With monthly milk production reports suggesting weaker growth in milk per cow, the USDA’s latest World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report made further cuts to 2017-18 U.S. milk production forecasts. However, less production didn’t translate into a more optimistic outlook for farmer milk prices.

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Editor's note: The CEO Corner contains editors' compilations of business news from top publications, which they have tailored for the dairy industry.

Don’t tell me you’ve never done this before: It’s a blistering day and you’re standing in the farm store parking lot. You ran into town because you just needed that one part to fix a pump or a gate. Now you cannot find your truck keys … until you look through your locked driver’s side window to see them patiently waiting for you on the seat or in the cup holder.

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