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The National Milk Producers Federation’s Board of Directors voted Sept. 21 in favor of a revised approach to reforming federal dairy policy, with the key change of allowing farmers an individual choice between receiving the financial protection of a government safety net or opting out of such protection.

Scroll down or to jump below to see results and comments on this poll. And click here to read about the new poll question, "Do you support the Dairy Policy Act of 2011?"

As originally proposed back in 2010, NMPF’s Foundation for the Future (FFTF) program contained a government-subsidized safety net, the Dairy Producer Margin Protection Program, to protect against periods of low milk prices, high feed costs or a combination of the two.

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Click here to download a pdf of the latest Industry Watch List, provided by Dairy Management, Inc. PD

Click here to download a pdf of the latest Export Watch update, provided by Cooperatives Working Together. PD

Governor Tom Corbett recently established a dairy leadership council that will help ensure that state government meets the needs of Pennsylvania‘s nearly $2 billion dairy industry.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Leadership Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary George Greig, will make recommendations to the governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that may aid in the development of the dairy industry.

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Kansas needs to invest hundreds of millions of dollars more in its dairy, beef and pork industries in order to give the state a larger share of U.S. animal agriculture production, Gov. Sam Brownback said.

"I just want to see us put that on steroids and grow it," Brownback said during an economic development summit in Garden City.

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“After three years of lackluster dairy sales, the third quarter of 2011 has shown an increase in dairies being purchased,” stated Marc Schuil, co-founder of Schuil & Associates, Inc. – agricultural land specialists in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

Schuil added that the recent dairy sale activity has moved many dairy properties from the “dairies for sale” column to the “dairy sold” column on their website.

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