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

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A decline in cow numbers was offset by stronger milk output per cow, pushing August 2018 milk production up 1.4 compared to a year earlier. However, cow numbers were up from July 2018, reversing course from last month’s 9,000-cow drop.

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Digest Highlights

  • Dairy Revenue Protection webinars scheduled
  • Federal order BTSCC improved in 2017
  • Americans drank less milk but ate more dairy in July
  • Cattle hide values falling
  • DFA Kansas plant suffers fire
  • FDA unveils five-year antimicrobial plan
  • UW – Madison Dairy Science Department sets fall visit date
  • CDI appoints Anderson as COO

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With milk prices low and margins tight, dairy farmers seeking a quick infusion of some cash may want to get to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).

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The threat of Hurricane Florence is raising concerns regarding North Carolina’s cotton crop. For dairy farmers, that translates into what impact the storm will have on cottonseed supplies and prices.

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After Sept. 14, the full House is scheduled to be in session just 12 days prior to elections in early November. With limited days and a full slate of issues to tackle, dairy organization leaders continue to push Congress for a bill to address the industry’s growing labor needs.

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The USDA’s September World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report reduced the 2018 milk production forecast by another 100 million pounds, but raised the 2019 forecast by an equal amount.

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