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A federal judge is putting a freeze on a state order that would have generated higher payments to Pennsylvania dairy farmers.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported on its Web site Monday that U.S. Middle District Judge William W. Caldwell issued a preliminary injunction on the higher premium payments for out-of-state milk sold in Pennsylvania.

The paper says about $6 million in annual payments is at issue.

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The use of antibiotics in food animal production and its possible tie to antibiotic resistance in humans has been in the news recently. Congress received testimony about the issue, and several new laws or regulations are proposed to address it.

Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley discusses how close the national debate comes to the everyday use of antibiotics on dairies with AABP Executive Vice President Gatz Riddell.

Q. What is the national debate on the use of antibiotics in food animal production really about?
At face value, the main debate is about the fear of microbial resistance. And that’s a valid concern because in human medicine it has become a significant issue.

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A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his colleagues have discovered key gene and chemical interactions that allow Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 bacteria to colonize the gut of cattle. The animals not only host, but can shed the deadly human pathogen.

Many E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks have been associated with contaminated meat products and cross contamination of produce crops. Because the bacteria do not cause cattle to show clinical symptoms of illness, and due to other unknown variables, they can be hard to detect within cattle and the environment.

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The results are in from Progressive Dairyman's dairy reform poll.

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The following update is provided by Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff program, and is a producer-funded, nonprofit domestic and international planning and management organization responsible for increasing sales of and demand for U.S.-produced dairy products and ingredients.

Managing dairy’s reputation on a global scale
One of the prime features of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), managed by Dairy Management Inc., is USDEC’s network of overseas office representatives. In addition to providing valuable marketing and trade-development support around the world, these reps serve as the eyes and ears for the U.S. industry beyond our borders.

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Dear Progressive Dairyman,
I’m a consumer, and I support the Specter-Casey bill.

John Doe, Consumer

Over the past several months, Progressive Dairyman has literally received hundreds of letters that are almost identical to the one above, mostly from Pennsylvania. They usually come in groups, but with individual names and addresses of people that are responding to the magazine’s dairy reform plan poll.

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