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Editor's note: The original article has been edited to clear up information on the dairy payment rate.

Details of a second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) have been announced. For dairy producers, direct payments will equal $1.20 per hundredweight (cwt) on eligible milk production for the last nine months of 2020.

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U.S. milk production continued to build in August, up 1.8% from a year earlier, according to the USDA’s preliminary monthly Milk Production report, released Sept. 17.

In addition, July 2020 production was revised upward about 0.5% (91 million pounds) from last month’s preliminary estimate, pushing total U.S. output up 2% from July 2019.

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Consumer awareness is top of mind for many people working in agriculture. Given the technology available, farmers are now in a unique position to connect directly with consumers and share their knowledge and individual experience. One manner in which this connection can be achieved and fostered is by hosting a virtual farm tour.

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For many, navigating social media and deciding on the appropriate platform to share farm news can be difficult. To address some of these issues, Emma Andrew-Swarthout and Jennie Nguyen of the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) hosted a webinar in May called “Telling Your Dairy Farm Story with a Virtual Farm Tour,” where they walked viewers through the steps to create and share their own virtual farm tour.

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