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A proposal to bring whole and flavored milk back to school lunchrooms has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

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USDA staff began the task of collecting and reporting a mountain of data that went unreported during the partial government shutdown. One of the first reports updated was November 2018’s Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) calculations, released about a month later than scheduled, on Jan. 31, 2019.

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The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released a revised schedule of reports affected by the partial government shutdown. Due to a lapse in federal funding, NASS staff members were unable to collect data and compile the reports during the shutdown.

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Valley Agricultural Software is bringing full mobile integration to its ParlorBoss software product, which helps dairy producers streamline and take control of their parlor logistics. ParlorBoss is used by producers – in both rotary and parallel parlor setups – to take a roll call of all cows as they enter the parlor, then alerting employees to cows that are in the wrong pen, when a move is needed, and also when additional services are needed before the cow leaves the parlor.

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Editor's note: The original version of this article has been updated to include a newly revised schedule of USDA National Ag Statistics Service reports impacting MPP-Dairy margin calculations for November and December 2018.

With the partial government shutdown ended – at least temporarily – the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) could soon be putting final numbers to the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

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