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U.S. milk production marched into the spring flush with the highest number of cows passing through milking parlors and robots in more than three decades. The USDA’s latest Milk Production report was released on April 21, providing preliminary March estimates and revised February totals.

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Editor's note: The original article has been updated to include comments from the International Dairy Foods Association.

With the two-year anniversary of the implementation of the change in the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class I skim milk price formula near, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is closer to asking the USDA for an emergency expedited hearing to address the issue. Proposals from other organizations regarding the Class I pricing formula and other FMMO reforms may be forthcoming as well.

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Dairy farmers’ long-standing commitment to the environment and their stories of stewardship are the focus of upcoming Earth Day campaigns.

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