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A new federal effort aimed at helping rural areas needs input from private and nonprofit organizations, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.

"I believe that it's essential and necessary that this country focus more time and more attention on rural America and economic opportunity in rural America," Vilsack told about 180 people attending the Council on Foundations' Rural Philanthropy Conference in Kansas City.

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Will the U.S. continue to serve as the balancer of the world supply or be a leader in supplying the world? That’s the question DPAC asked in a letter to Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson Monday (July 25) and in dairy policy discussions in several venues from Pennsylvania to Michigan to Washington, D.C.

As Ranking Member of the U.S. House Ag Committee, Collin Peterson released a "Discussion Draft" Dairy Bill on July 13, which contains National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) package of reforms called "Foundation for the Future" (FFTF).

"As dairy farmers, we object to proposals that add more layers of centralized government control on top of the current system, which is overly complex, lacks transparency and has poor price discovery," states the DPAC letter sent to Rep. Peterson and Chairman Lucas Monday. "While we agree with the Discussion Draft proposal to eliminate the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP), we object to the replacement it suggests.

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Two sand dams built to contain a manure spill into the Coon River have failed.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the dams were built Thursday to stop more than 100,000 gallons of manure released by Cedar Valley Farms dairy near Blairstown. They failed Friday morning.

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Wisconsin dairy farmers are glad to see temperatures returning to manageable levels.

Dairy cows generally prefer cool temperatures. When the mercury hits the 90s, as it did this week, cows tend not to produce as much milk.

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California milk producers have modified an eyebrow-raising advertising campaign that promoted their product to men as a way to lessen the effects of premenstrual syndrome in their wives or girlfriends. But some critics wonder if it's time the dairy organization moved on to greener pastures.

While the benefits of calcium to women are widely accepted, the over-the-top publicity campaign featuring harried-looking men, color-coded PMS meters and "video apology enhancers" may be doing the industry in the nation's top milk-producing state more harm than good.

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has released updated results from a raw milk survey.

NASDA conducted a raw milk survey, in cooperation with the National Association of Dairy Regulatory Officials (NADRO), to gather current information about the regulation and sale of raw milk in the United States. Raw milk is defined as milk that has not been pasteurized.

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