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When Congress last revised the nation's milk-pricing laws in 2008, groups representing dairy farmers and the companies that buy their milk struck a rare deal that sounded counterintuitive: buyers and sellers should be able to agree in advance to prices lower than what the federal government says farmers must be paid.

Farmers aren't biting, the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest. Participation in the government's forward contracting program for milk is so meager that the USDA has stopped actively tracking it and has no immediate plans to collect the sort of data that would help Congress decide whether to extend the program in next year's rewrite of federal farm policy.

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Today, Governor Tom Corbett announced George Greig of Linesville, as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture. Acting Secretary Greig, a former dairy farmer andcurrent crop farmer,owns and operates a650acre farm in partnership with his brother in Crawford County.



In an off-farm capacity, Acting Secretary Greig has served on the USDA Farm Service Agency PA State Committee,Crawford County Conservation District, Conneaut Township Supervisor and Great Lakes Regional Water Board. Healso currently serves as a State Board Member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

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World Dairy Expo is pleased to announce the 2011 official judges. The individuals who will be responsible for placing more than 2,500 head of dairy cattle during the five-day show are:

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Pfizer Animal Health announces the return of the FFA and American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation Support Program, which has resulted in more than $2.38 million in contributions to local FFA chapters and veterinary student scholarships since its inception in 2008.

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NRCS is currently revising the National 590 Nutrient Management Standard. The proposed new national 590 Nutrient Management technical standard was posted on Jan. 11, 2011, on the Federal Register.

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