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The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on a 385 to 41 vote, Dec. 19. The trade agreement now goes to the Senate, where the timetable for possible floor debate is uncertain.

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After stronger year-over-year growth in September and October, the U.S. milk production increase slipped back below 1% in November 2019, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released Dec. 18.

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While specific details of a trade deal between China and the U.S. remain to be seen, dairy farmers must make decisions on 2020 participation in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program by this Friday, Dec. 20. The U.S.-China deal could impact both the feed cost and milk income sides of DMC margin calculations to varying degrees.

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Unity – it may be the most important concept for dairy farmers today.

I’ve seen farmers come together for each other in times of crisis, usually because of weather, fire or personal catastrophes, and it’s always inspiring.

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