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August 2019 U.S. milk production continued the year-long trend of minimal growth, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released Sept. 18.

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Despite the ongoing challenges of declining fluid milk consumption, the picture of the health of the dairy industry is much brighter than the doom and gloom conjured from selective use of data, according to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). A new weekly series from NMPF – called "Dairy Defined” – provides a data-based look at today’s dairy farms and industry.

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Dairy farmers who procrastinated in signing up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019 have until Friday, Sept. 20 to enroll.

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The struggles faced by dairy farmers and potential programs to alleviate those issues were the focus of congressional briefings held Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C.

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Compared to a month ago, the USDA’s September World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report expects dairy cow numbers to continue to shrink into 2020, but stronger milk output per cow will buffer overall milk production declines. Price projections moved modestly higher for both years.

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