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Dairy farmers are finally receiving payments stemming from a 9-year-old lawsuit involving milk marketing practices in the Northeast U.S.

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The bad news: July 2018’s Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) margin calculations indicate dairy incomes fell to levels seen earlier in the year. The good news: Milk prices have likely bottomed out.

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Efforts to address farm milk prices and the imbalance between milk supply and demand continued in the Midwest last week with a teleconference coordinated by the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).

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Digest Highlights

  • Farm Bureau calculates potential state-by-state dairy tariff mitigation payments
  • Farm bill conference committee sets public meeting, Sept. 5
  • Following Iowa murder, bill would mandate use of E-Verify
  • a2 Milk gets Walmart dairy aisle space
  • California bill targets restaurant beverage offerings
  • Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board sets listening session
  • Canadian cow numbers up slightly

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Two collaborative research and extension teams, which include faculty from Washington State University, University of Idaho, USDA-ARS, University of Florida, University of Missouri, Colorado State University, Ohio State University and Cornell, will be offering a dairy cattle genomics workshop on Oct. 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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