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You’re busy – milking cows, managing employees and getting ready for spring. With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman looks at issues in the news impacting you and your dairy business.

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Dairy farmers and allied industry representatives attending the 2019 Dairy Strong conference received a mix of inspiration and practical information during the fifth annual event, held Jan. 23-24 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Consumers today are seeking more from the companies and industries that produce the food they purchase. They want assurances the land, animals and employees are taken care of and the products they purchase have a positive societal impact.

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Last summer, I read an article in Inc. magazine titled “You’ll never train in vain” by Leigh Buchanan, and it made me wonder if dairies agreed with that premise. With a tight dairy labor market, I wondered if owners perceive training as a way to bolster their labor force.

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Editor's note: This original version of this article was updated to include indemnity and premium calculations.

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight (cwt), triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet to be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. The payment isn't expected until July.

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