This article was #1 in PDmag's Top 25 most-well read articles in 2010.

Summary: Over the course of several months, Progressive Dairyman provided information about front-leading dairy reform plans, including National Milk Producer Federation’s Foundation for the Future, Holstein USA and Milk Producers Council’s Costa-Sanders bill and the Specter-Casey bill. These articles investigated the core principles of each of these plans, including supply management, margin insurance and cost of production.

NMPF's Chris Galen and Milk Producer Council's Rob Vandenheuvel provided updates about dairy reform in 2011:

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Editor’s note: The following article summarizes an online survey being conducted on the use of tail docking.

Do you dock the tails of cows on your farm? Do your neighbors? What do you think of this practice? Here is your chance to share your views with other readers by participating in an online tail docking survey. You can see online which answers (and the reasons behind these) are most popular. We will also report results back to readers in the next issue, summarizing the most popular reasons for agreeing and disagreeing with docking the tails of dairy cows.

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The Waterman Dairy Center near The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, will soon transition to a herd that is 100 percent Jersey. The discussion to have an all-Jersey herd began in June 2009 and was driven by feed costs.

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On March 31st a meeting was attended by over 160 individuals representing 87 dairies with just under 260,000 cows to provide input into how dairy producers in Idaho want their organization to address the current ongoing dairy crises.

The economics of the dairy industry is like any other industry; if supplies outpace demand, the price will go down; when supplies are short, price will go up. The question lies in how to control supply. Everyone realizes that if producers fail to make a correction in the supply/demand equation, the market place eventually will. In 1980 there were approximately 225,000 commercial dairy operations in the United States; 30 years later we are down to less than 57,000. The market place has made the necessary adjustments to keep supply and demand in balance, even with all of the current government programs.

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PAO trip 1

On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, the Progressive Agriculture Organization arranged for thirty dairy farmers and ten supporters to meet with the agriculture aides of several members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate in an effort to gain support for immediate emergency action to be taken to prop up prices paid to all US dairy farmers.

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