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As debate ramps up on dairy provisions for the 2012 Farm Bill, a group of dairy policy specialists from Missouri and Wisconsin have produced a pair of reports, one an overview, the other in-depth, on the benefits and unintended consequences of past dairy policies.

“These reports are like the slip of paper that comes with a prescription drug,” says Scott Brown, a dairy economist at the University of Missouri. “We list some of the side effects.”

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Apple cider is about to become New Hampshire's state drink. The state Senate on Wednesday approved by a voice vote a proposal to designate apple cider as New Hampshire's drink after it
won out over milk in the House.

A lawmaker introduced the bill after Jaffrey Grade School students contacted her. Later, Gilford Elementary School students lobbied for milk. Milk fans pointed out it is important to the
state too.

A number of Jaffrey students were in the gallery when the vote took place. Now the bill is headed to Gov. John Lynch for his signature.


Starting in September, a 250,000-cow dairy in northeast China plans to supply 38,000 megawatt-hours of power, enough to meet the average demand of about 15,000 Chinese residents. General Electric Co. will supply the farm with four biogas turbines.

Biogas isn't new in China: by 2005, 1,500 large-scale biogas plants were in place at livestock farms and industrial waste sites. However, the government aims to have 300 million rural residents using biogas electricity by 2020 from 10,000 large-scale projects.

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In December 2009 the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USDA that provides the dairy industry, including producers, with access to funds for innovative projects related to sustainability.

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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.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shut down Excel Dairy, a 1,500-cow operation located near Thief River Falls in Minnesota, due to several air quality violations through the years. This marks the first time the state has taken such an action against a dairy farm.

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