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Read coverage of current events and news affecting dairy producers and the industry.

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Florida and Georgia dairy leaders continue to assess the damage from Hurricane Michael, but it appears Georgia suffered the most severe damage.

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The USDA’s October World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report boosted milk production forecasts for both 2018 and 2019, while also projecting only a slight improvement in 2019 prices.

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For only the second time in World Dairy Expo’s 52-year history, the Supreme Champion of the Junior Show and the Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo were the same cow. Cutting Edge T Delilah, exhibited by Kyle Barton of Copake, New York, was named Grand Champion Brown Swiss and the 2018 Supreme Champion of both the junior and open shows.

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In the ever-changing and ever-challenging dairy industry, the new Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) program is a welcome sight for most in the industry as a way to manage or mitigate risk. Your participation in the program will likely be a topic of discussion with your ag lender in the upcoming months. What should you be prepared to talk about?

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Tariffs apparently weren’t a barrier to milk powder sales to Mexico, but the ongoing trade war did have a detrimental impact on overall dairy and hay sales to China in August. Dairy cattle exports were steady, but buyers are becoming more demanding.

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Digest Highlights

  • Arla Foods, Foremost Farms USA to explore strategic partnership
  • Co-op urges USDA funding for dairy diversion program
  • FARM Program launches workforce development module
  • Dairy margins end September steady
  • ‘Undeniably Dairy’ fall campaign reconnects consumers, producers
  • Geographical indications, common food names protected under USMCA
  • American Butter Institute urges FDA to address labels
  • ADA North East offers virtual farm field trips for schools
  • Maryland schools receive milk coolers

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