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Activity in Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) increased in the program’s second week, based on information from USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

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Slightly higher dairy product prices resulted in improved revenues for most dairy cooperatives in 2017, according to an annual report from the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). However, the increased revenues didn’t substantially change the dairy co-ops’ rankings, or their standing among the nation's 100 largest cooperatives.

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Digest Highlights

  • Culver's to send ‘care packages’ to Wisconsin dairy farmers
  • New York seeks input from dairy farmers
  • Fairlife introduces snack-sized beverages
  • Northwest Girl Scouts can earn Dairy Patch
  • Borden delivers milk, other beverages to Hurricane Michael victims
  • Cheese may lower BMI
  • Land O’Lakes, Gravie expanding farmer health insurance program for 2019
  • Petition filed over non-GMO label
  • Livestock groups petition DOT for ‘hours of service’ flexibility
  • New Zealand mycoplasma eradication effort expands
  • Multiple factors impacting crop input outlook

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September 2018 U.S. milk production increased about 1.3 percent from the same month a year earlier, but that wasn’t the most striking number in USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released Oct. 19. The more eye-popping numbers were related to the size of the U.S. herd, which were retroactively reduced for June, July and August.

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You’re busy – milking cows, managing employees and wrapping up harvest. With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman launched this column: “What happened? What’s next?”

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