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President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The dairy industry, including DFA, has urged for the passage of these FTAs for several years.

The U.S. dairy sector is expected to see significant gains from each of these agreements, particularly the FTA with South Korea.

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The Grand Champion Holstein, Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy, paraded across the colored shavings to win Supreme Champion honors at the 2011 World Dairy Expo. Missy is owned by Morsan, Van Ruinen Dairy, M Butz and G Andreasen. The cow is sired by Braedale Goldwyn. Supreme Champion Cow is awarded the Gregory Blaska Memorial Trophy. The Supreme Champion receives a $1,500 Cash Award from BouMatic, a royal blanket courtesy of Agpro, Inc., Paris, Texas and a director’s chair sponsored by Royal Brand Embroidery, Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

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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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