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Stronger monthly average milk prices offset slightly higher corn and soybean meal prices to improve the income margin picture for U.S. dairy farmers in October. There will be no Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program indemnity payments at any level of coverage for a third straight month.

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The grocery store chain ALDI made headlines last year when it released a cheese advent calendar. Given all the buzz, we decided to create our dream advent calendar with cow and goat milk cheeses from farms across the country.

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With U.S. agriculture feeling the brunt of trade and tariffs wars for a second year, the USDA rolled out the 2019 version of the Trade Mitigation Program (TMP).

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With a fair amount of fanfare and promotion to overcome negative experiences related to its predecessor, a new “dairy safety net” was launched in 2019. Approved in the 2018 Farm Bill and based on adjustments made early in 2018 under a federal budget bill, the Dairy Margin Coverage program (DMC) replaced the expired Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

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For U.S. dairy farmers, 2019 was dominated by two things many probably wished they had a little more control over: the weather and the government.

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