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This Week In Dairy

  • DFA annual meeting: Consolidation key to survival

    Like the dairy farms making up their memberships, dairy cooperatives must embrace consolidation or face attrition, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) leaders warned during the organization’s annual meeting, March 20-22.

  • Idaho Dairymen pressing for immigration reform leadership

    With a failed attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law, the Republican-led Congress now turns its attention to a second major campaign pledge, federal tax reform. Meanwhile, proponents of immigration reform are preparing for that congressional debate later this fall.

  • U.S. dairy exporters set aggressive growth goal

    With an Asian “middle class” population ready to expand dramatically, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), are eyeing an increased presence in that part of the world, while protecting and growing export markets closer to home. However, in addition to a strong U.S. dollar, headwinds to dairy exports now include uncertainty over the U.S. trade policy, as U.S. competitors aggressively seek bilateral free trade agreements following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

  • U.S. milk output remains at high tide

    At first glance, USDA’s monthly reportmight 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.

  • What’s in it for you? Dairy producer, processor groups outline policy priorities

    Dairy producer and processors organizations took policy priorities to the Capitol Hill, March 22, as Congress continues early work on writing the 2018 Farm Bill.