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Top executives of six of the country's biggest dairy exporters strongly object to the Dairy Security Act of 2011. In a letter sent to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, they outlined the negative effects the act would have on domestic and global dairy markets and said it has no place in deficit-reduction talks.

It is expected that the dairy program will be part of the recommendations submitted by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders to the supercommittee for inclusion in the debt-reduction bill.

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Click here to download a pdf of the latest checkoff watch, provided by Dairy Management, Inc. PD

Doyle Johannes has worked land near the Missouri River in central North Dakota for 35 years, raising everything from corn to cattle. He's not about to let someone from outside the state's borders tell him how to go about his business.

Johannes and other farmers took notice last year when The Humane Society of the United States pushed a ballot proposal to abolish fenced hunting preserves. They've also followed efforts to pass animal welfare laws in other states, and they don't want any unreasonable rules in North Dakota.

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Researchers from the University of New Hampshire are leading a multi-state project that aims to help organic dairy farmers better produce and market their milk.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to 12 researchers from the universities of Maine, Vermont, Cornell and the USDA, as well as UNH, the research will explore how organic dairy farmers in the Northeast can enhance farm profitability by extending the grazing season and adding value to milk through flaxseed supplementation.

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About twenty Wisconsin producers met with Dr. Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on October 20, 2011, at the request of the DBA. Dr. Stephenson presented the results of his latest study, an analysis of the revised version of the Dairy Market Stabilization Program.

Dr. Stephenson's modeling showed that there would be a milk price reduction of $.80 to $1.63 per hundredweight for all size farms with only moderate milk price volatility improvement. Dr. Stephenson and Professor Nicholson at California Polytechnic State University created this systems dynamic economic model of U.S. dairy industry several years ago.

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In keeping with World Dairy Expo tradition, a press conference was held on the show grounds in Madison, Wisconsin, to announce a major industry initiative. This year, it was the introduction of the Dairy Security Act of 2011.

The National Milk Producers Federation hosted the event to discuss the legislation introduced on Sept. 23 in the House of Representatives by Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Mike Simpson (R-ID).

NMPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak outlined the changes incorporated in this act that were different from the originally proposed Foundation for the Future. (Click here to note these changes).

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