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A three-part webinar series, offered by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, will run from September through November. “What’s ahead for dairy in 2012?” will be presented by Dan Basse of AgResource on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. Central Time.

The first webinar “The crop report: What does it mean for dairy?” will take place on Monday, Sept. 26. You've heard the crop reports but what do these numbers mean to your business and future? This savvy market analyst who has one of the best track records in the industry will provide an outlook for 2011 U.S. corn and soybean production based on field surveys and summer weather conditions – and he’ll share how the size of the U.S. major summer row crops will impact feed pricing throughoutthe remainder of 2011 and 2012. Participants of this webinar must register this week.

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The Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors have confirmed their support of discussion draft legislation put forth by House Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Democratic member, Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). The comprehensive draft covers three main areas:

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New rules on the handling of Ohio farm animals that take effect later this month will make the state a leader in setting standards for livestock care, according to state officials, industry representatives and animal welfare advocates.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently held meetings around the state to introduce the new requirements for feeding, restraining, housing and maintaining the health of a full range of animals including poultry, cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, goats and alpacas.

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The following information was provided by DFA Media Relations Manager Kristi Dale regarding the efforts of the organization during the events surrounding Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Prior to Hurricane Irene, we took several steps to ensure our Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) members were aware of and preparing for potential impact. Our field reps and haulers played a critical role in this effort by distributing fliers and other materials with storm preparation tips and a reminder about the DFA Cares Hotline, which is a phone resource for members in need of support.

We staffed the DFA Cares Hotline around the clock throughout the end of August, as the storm rolled up the coastline (there were small number of inquiries related to generators and milk transport). In addition, a storm response team of field reps, dispatch personnel and others based out of our Syracuse, New York, office was on call to assist with any situation that arose.

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U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the federal government will reimburse dairy farmers for the tons of milk that had to be dumped because it was unable to get to market because of Tropical Storm Irene.

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With buying from small, local, family-run farms becoming more popular, the results of a new study from Wisconsin could be surprising: It found that milk from big dairies is cleaner than that from small ones.

Lead researcher Steve Ingham said he did the study because he wanted to see whether there was a link between milk quality and the size of a dairy farm. He said the results cast doubt on the perception that big dairies can't matcher smaller ones in terms of quality.

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