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Agricultural students with journalism or communications training are encouraged to apply for Progressive Publishing's 2018 editorial internship program. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2017.

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Digest Highlights: NAFTA’s dairy issues grow more contentious. USDA providing dairy feed aid to Puerto Rico. Wisconsin dairy group and natural resources agency reach settlement. Find a summary of these stories and updates on previous Progressive Dairyman news stories here.

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) officers have endorsed a proposal to change how federal milk marketing order (FMMO) Class I base prices are calculated. The proposal will be reviewed and voted on by the full NMPF board on Oct. 30, meeting in Anaheim, California, in conjunction with the joint annual meeting of NMPF, the National Dairy Board and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA).

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Lower dairy product prices resulted in lower revenue for most dairy cooperatives in 2016, according to an annual report from the National Cooperative Bank. With the revenue decline, fewer dairy co-ops were listed among the nation's 100 largest cooperatives.

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September 2017 U.S. milk production grew 1.1 percent compared to the same month a year earlier, the smallest year-over-year increase since May 2016. Declining cow numbers and a meager increase in milk output per cow slowed the overall growth rate, according to the USDA’s latest Milk Production report.

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