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For months, it's been so hot and dry in Louisiana that the 125 cows and 80 heifers at Forrest Hill Dairy were getting a mid-day misting to cool them down.

With their usual Kentwood pastures bare dirt, they've been eating baled grasses that Cathy Forrest had planned for winter hay. Even with the noontime break, the cows are too hot to eat as much as usual so milk production is down.

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New Mexico dairy farmers, environmentalists and the state have settled a dispute over the regulation of dairy farm waste.

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Dean Foods Co., one of the largest dairy distributors in the United States, says it has agreed to pay $140 million to settle a lawsuit over pricing with a group of dairy farmers in the Southeast.

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Officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arkansas is getting $4.26 million in additional funding to help producers.

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U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, made the following statement after releasing a dairy reform discussion draft that would offer protection, create stability and inspire growth in the dairy sector. The draft language is based on reform proposals put forward by the dairy industry.

“I released this discussion draft now because we need to act before the next farm bill. If we have another dairy crisis like we had in 2009, we could lose half our dairies. The discussion draft allows us to keep the ball moving while continuing to have a dialogue with the dairy industry.

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