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Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley recently asked Tim Amlaw, manager of the American Humane Association’s American Humane Certified program, a few questions about animal welfare and its impact on agriculture.

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After denying a request for a 60-day delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April announced its new rule on rendering practices for dead cattle would be effective April 27 and that all renderers must be in compliance with the rule by Oct. 26.

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Dismal mailbox prices for milk and a historically low milk-to-feed price ratio hang over producers this June Dairy Month. Rallies and demonstrations against low milk prices have already rained on the usual celebratory parades and breakfasts that accompany Dairy Month.

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Editor’s note: The following opinion was submitted for publication by the Milk Producers Council in response to Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley’s editorial “When we can’t borrow our way out?” in the April 13, 2009 issue.

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Late last year, the Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reduced the minimum Class I price plants must pay by 35 cents. This decision followed a prior hearing where CDFA also reduced producer income when it increased transportation allowances and credits for milk delivered to Class I, II and III plants.

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We all know the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” When it comes to milk in 2009, the market may be handing us the proverbial lemon. For many producers, milk prices may barely come near, let alone exceed, break-even levels. That certainly is the sour taste of a lemon.

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