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Escalating feed costs ate into milk income margins in February but not enough to trigger indemnity payments under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

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Progressive Dairy provides updates on dairy-related organizations and companies, compiled from staff news sources and industry press releases. Email industry and organization news to Progressive Dairy Editor Jenna Hurty.

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In this column, Progressive Dairy summarizes issues in the news and attempts to describe how they might affect dairy farmers. Look for more extensive background and details at Progressive Dairy.

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The USDA has released a long-awaited “origin of livestock” final rule establishing uniform standards for transitioning dairy cattle to organic production. The rule closes what many in the industry considered a “loophole” creating unfair organic marketing practices.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to include "mailbox" price data from the USDA.

Full-year 2021 weighted average “mailbox” prices averaged about $1 per hundredweight (cwt) less than announced average “all-milk” prices for the same period, based on a review of two USDA milk price announcements.

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