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Editor's note: This article has been updated with margin, price and payment tables.

Higher feed costs ate up more than half of the milk price increase in April, resulting in another substantial indemnity payment for dairy producers participating in the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

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In early May, Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) and Chobani LLC announced the launch of a Fair Trade dairy certification program. The program is an outgrowth of a previous pilot program involving the two organizations, conducted in New York and Idaho, to determine if Fair Trade’s Agricultural Production Standard (APS) could be applied to the dairy industry.

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U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai has initiated a formal U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute settlement proceeding over Canada’s administration of dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs).

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Progressive Publishing is pleased to introduce Madison Leak as one of its summer 2021 editorial interns. Leak began work in May and is responsible for writing feature stories and news articles for Progressive Dairy.

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