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Editor's note: While this article seeks to explain different options to protect milk prices and income margins, it's imperative you talk to professional milk marketers and insurance agents before making risk management decisions.

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This month’s VAS DC305 tip is on parlor performance. Using the parlor performance reports in DC305 can help you take advantage of the benefits of daily milk meters, plus look for cows that fail to produce the expected amount of milk. This data will help you:

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Dairy farmers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a new date – Jan. 22, 2018 – before air emission reporting requirements related to manure could go into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted EPA’s motion for a stay of an earlier court ruling, pushing the reporting requirement back at least 60 days.

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Digest Highlights: Livestock and other ag haulers receive 90-day waiver on ELD rule. WOTUS rule delay proposed. California QIP referendum extended. Find a summary of these and other news here.

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The involvement of women in agriculture isn’t new. It has probably occurred since the beginning of food cultivation.

“What is new, though, is how we recognize and appreciate women’s contributions,” Krysta Harden said at the Advancing Women Conference West in Calgary, Alberta, in March.

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