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It may seem like ages ago, before COVID-19, related market disruptions and changes in consumer habits, but 2019 was another banner year for U.S. per-capita dairy product consumption.

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You’re busy milking cows, emptying manure pits and eagerly awaiting the final presidential debate. With that in mind, Progressive Dairy looks at issues in the news impacting you and your dairy business.

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Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) September uniform milk prices were announced the week of Oct. 12. With a weaker Class III price, the incentive for depooling was a little lighter and that reduced the impact of negative producer price differentials (PPDs), but in most cases also meant lower uniform prices. October, however, is setting up to be the ghost of this past summer.

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Good news is hard to come by in 2020, which is why the agriculture community shouldn’t overlook the latest Gallup poll. Last month, farming and agriculture earned the highest rating for Americans' views of U.S. business and industry sectors, with the grocery and restaurant industries trailing not far behind. Farming and agriculture was already one of the top-rated industries, but its rise to the number one spot is likely the result of the pandemic’s spotlight on the food sector’s importance. Now, the challenge for the agriculture community is to keep a positive rating with American consumers.

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Dairy producers and genetic enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) industry meeting on Nov. 2, which will focus on feed efficiency, genetic selection and impacts on sustainability. Meeting participants will have an early opportunity to understand the collaborative data collection, genetic methodology and expected results for the new trait, Feed Saved, being launched by CDCB with Dec. 1 genetic evaluations.

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