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With its heavy dependence on the fluid milk market, no part of the country is a bigger cauldron of emotion than the Southeast.

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Lynda Foster operates a 180-cow, Lely robot dairy with her family near Fort Scott, Kansas. A member of Dairy Farmers of America (and Progressive Dairy’s editorial adviser board), she admits to being an eternal optimist.

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The two dairy behemoths on the opposite ends of the Southwest – Texas and California – have been on somewhat divergent paths over the past couple of years. Entering 2019, however, producers in both states share some common economic concerns.

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The improved outlook for milk prices in 2020 is providing some degree of optimism for producers, mixed with a sense of relief, according to Chris Laughton, Farm Credit East’s director of Knowledge Exchange.

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“Apprehensive” is the best term to describe the mood of dairy producers in Idaho, according to Rick Naerebout, chief executive officer of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated from the original version to include additional comments from Dairy Farmers of America.

Numerous U.S. dairy cooperatives have filed court documents objecting to a Dean Foods bankruptcy proceeding motion related to the sale of a majority of assets to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). 

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