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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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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. The pact extends and builds upon a MOU originally signed in 2009.

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Digest Highlights: The country’s largest on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation is under construction. New legislation eliminates air emission reporting. Find a summary of this and other news here.

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