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Nearly 100,000 meals for the hungry were made possible during June Dairy Month, thanks to a nationwide effort by Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA). Throughout the month, DFA members and staff worked to deliver on the Cooperative's core value of community by helping fight hunger across the U.S.

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Click here to download a pdf of the checkoff watch from the July 1st Issue 10 of Progressive Dairyman magazine.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on June 23 regarding the G-20 Action Plan to address food security and food price volatility:

"The consensus reached today by the G-20 Agricultural Ministers marks an historic union of resolve in combating the pressing challenges of hunger and food price volatility confronting our world with greater regularity.

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Foundation for the Future magazine published,website updates unveiled
NMPF recently published the Foundation for the Future magazine, a 20-page publication that provides an explanation of the proposed dairy policy reform programs from dairy producers’ perspectives, along with independent expert analyses. The magazine is available as a downloadable PDF on www.futurefordairy.com.

In addition, NMPF updated the Foundation for the Future website to accommodate details about the Summer Grassroots Tour. Other updates include improved accessibility of program details, the addition of producer testimonials, and the option to sign up as an official supporter.

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Dairy managers continue catching up economically after a disastrous 2009 and 2010 business year, said Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois professor of animal sciences emeritus.

“Milk producers need $17 per 100 pounds to cover feed, variable, fixed and labor costs with a modest return on assets,” Hutjens said. “Currently, milk prices have been favorable, but dairy managers need a full year of these margins to replace lost equity in 2009-2010.”

Several factors will be critical to maintain a successful 2011 dairy business model.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a $1.1 million Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Dairy Research Institute (formerly known as Dairy Science Institute, Inc.), an affiliate of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The funding will support the development of a Dairy Farm Stewardship Toolkit for dairy producers to evaluate their production techniques and identify potential improvements in management practices. These improvements could increase profitability or reduce costs on the farm.

“This grant will help take the industry’s heritage of dairy stewardship to a new business level,” said Bob Foster, owner, Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury, Vermont. “As dairy producers, we know that consumers want products that are not only nutritious and good-tasting, but also environmentally friendly. We have long been committed to stewardship, but have not had a science-based tool to identify and measure practices that reduce costs and environmental impact.”

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