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In this column, Progressive Dairy summarizes issues in the news and attempts to describe how they might affect dairy farmers. This issue features a look at the USDA’s Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) for dairy. Look for more extensive background and details at Progressive Dairy.

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When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks with dairy farmers, he does so with a firsthand knowledge of the many demands it takes to produce food.

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Hot temperatures and tight income margins cooled U.S. milk production growth in August, as cow numbers dropped and milk per cow slipped into reverse, according to the USDA’s latest Milk Production report, released Sept. 20. At 1.1%, August’s year-over-year milk production increase was the smallest since June 2019-20 (not counting February 2021 and the impact of a leap year).

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We’ve all been there. You have an idea – one that’ll boost professionalism in our industry, help producers improve their operations or strengthen connections with consumers.

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