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It was a day that epitomizes June in Wisconsin. The temperature was in the 80s, the sun glistened off the lakes, ice cream cones were in hand and cows were being appreciated. This was the scene at Cows on the Concourse, one of the state’s many ways of celebrating June Dairy Month.

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Yes: Eastleigh Farm is one of the last remaining dairies within city limits in Massachusetts. If not for our sales of fresh raw milk to consumers, this beautiful farm would have been lost to the pressures of development, just as has happened to so many other farms all over the country.

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Ag Committee chairs say no dairy policy reform before Farm Bill
There seems to be consensus between the U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees about when dairy reform should move through Congress. At least for now, it will remain where it has always been – within the farm bill.

In a recent interview with Agri-Pulse in May, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, clearly indicated her belief that dairy policy would not move ahead of the 2012 Farm Bill.

“The only reason to even talk about moving it separately would be if there was agreement on a package. At the moment, there is not,” Stabenow said.

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The loss of Alaska’s state-subsidized Matanuska Maid dairy at the end of 2007 devastated milk producers in the fertile Matanuska Valley, long the agricultural heart of Alaska.

Now, more than three years later, the state’s milk production has recovered from a low of 2009 – when Alaska milk production dropped 17 percent – to rebound at the end of last year.

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Per capita U.S. milk consumption has declined nearly two gallons in the past decade due to increased consumption of water and alternative milk beverages and a decline in cereal consumption, a new study found.

The U.S. fluid milk processor checkoff organization, or Milk Processor Education Program, known as MilkPEP, sponsored the comprehensive market research study released earlier this year.

According to the study, at the beginning of the current decade, annual fluid milk consumption per person was 22.4 gallons. By 2009, consumption fell by 1.8 gallons to 20.6 gallons of milk per person per year.

MilkPEP CEO Vivian Godfrey says the study showed clear winners and losers.

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