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After a few of months of modest gains, January 2018 U.S. milk production picked up steam, jumping 1.8 percent compared to the same month a year earlier. With a 5,000-head increase from December, there were more cows in U.S. herds in January than in any month in 2017.

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Digest Highlights: A Missouri program reimburses MPP-Dairy participants. CDC’s investigation into a salmonella Heidelberg outbreak tied to dairy calves is closed. Alan Zepp compares margin protection options. Find a summary of this and other news here.

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While the budget bill signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month made changes to the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), details remain to be worked out before the 2018 enrollment period reopens.

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A USDA survey showed the percentage of dairy farmers with health care coverage was far less than other agricultural groups. Progressive Dairyman looks at some options to raise those numbers.

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Progressive Dairyman Editors Walt Cooley and Audrey Schmitz attended World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, Feb. 13-15, 2018. They walked the show looking for new products and industry trends. Below are their thoughts on what they found.

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