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This pdf lays out three of the most popular plans for dairy reform and compares them side-by-side, issue-by-issue.

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In response to the Obama administration’s request to look into antitrust enforcement issues, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a series of joint public workshops to explore competition issues affecting the agricultural sector in the 21st century.

The dairy workshop, held on June 25 in Madison, Wisconsin, was the third of five scheduled workshops. Other topics include agronomy, poultry, livestock and margins.

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With more than 40 percent of U.S. milk production utilized in the manufacture of cheese, using nutrient-dense milk produced by smaller Jersey cattle produces substantial reductions in water and land usage, fuel consumption, waste output and greenhouse gas emissions compared to using Holstein milk.

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Following in the wake of a $10,100 average for the first four consignments into the ring, the 53rd National Heifer Sale on June 26 averaged $4,547.40 on 44 lots, setting a new record average for the sale series.

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On July 6, a Union County Grand Jury cleared Gary Conklin, co-owner of Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales LLC in Plain City, Ohio, and others, of allegations of animal abuse brought about by the Mercy for Animals YouTube video release on May 26.

Released of all charges, Conklin talked freely with Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee, answering the questions that follow.

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This year’s threatened closure of the Chinese market to food-grade U.S. dairy exports was a wake-up call not only to the United States but to all global dairy suppliers, according to the latest report from the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Should China, for whatever reason, apply controls to its dairy import regime or should the country’s dairy appetite wane, farmers, processors, traders and all involved in milk production and marketing around the world would feel the effect.

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