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The improved outlook for milk prices in 2020 is providing some degree of optimism for producers, mixed with a sense of relief, according to Chris Laughton, Farm Credit East’s director of Knowledge Exchange.

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“Apprehensive” is the best term to describe the mood of dairy producers in Idaho, according to Rick Naerebout, chief executive officer of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated from the original version to include additional comments from Dairy Farmers of America.

Numerous U.S. dairy cooperatives have filed court documents objecting to a Dean Foods bankruptcy proceeding motion related to the sale of a majority of assets to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). 

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Improved ingredient sales, particularly to Southeast Asia, helped U.S. dairy export volume post its fifth straight month of growth in January, and dairy replacement heifer sales also started the year strong.

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The USDA’s March World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report lifted the 2020 milk production estimate, citing larger expected cow numbers. In combination with trade estimate adjustments, the increase in milk supply is projected to pressure prices lower for milk and most dairy products.

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