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Higher milk prices and steady feed costs pushed October 2018’s Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) margin to its largest of the year. There will be no MPP-Dairy payments at any level for the month.

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The outlook for dairy prices will be somewhat brighter moving into the middle of 2019, with a much more bullish forecast possible if the U.S. and China can reach a trade agreement, according to Dan Basse, economist and president of AgResource Company.

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Finding and keeping a milk market has become less certain for dairy producers. Now, with culling at a record pace, farmers selling cows and other dairy-beef cattle for slaughter could face additional challenges as well.

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Video games, participation ribbons and obscene amounts of time spent on social media don’t develop work ethic, instill values or build self-esteem. But showing cattle can do all that and more to prepare adolescents and teens for the world ahead.

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