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After establishing a transportation company this year, I had the opportunity to survey retail prices in a large portion of the central U.S. It started or was prompted by a Toledo, Ohio store offering 1-gallon jugs for $1.75, regardless of fat content.

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January 2009 seems like a decade ago. Milk price averaged a balmy $16.12. Predictions of 2009 losses of $1,000 per cow seemed fanciful. We urged both producers and industry to work together to cushion against an industry-wide decimation, and wondered how farms would cope. Now we know. Unfortunately, the end of this story is far from over and although now we know, we don’t know it all.

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Milk production on a global scale had a definite impact on U.S. milk prices the past few years. Looking forward, it will be domestic production that will have the largest influence on prices in 2010.

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Proud to Dairy has been helping producers find pride in their work since October 2008. In November 2008 we started www.proudtodairy.com. Since that time we have grown in numbers, purpose and action.

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At the beginning of 2008, Progressive Dairyman reported that a major flood destroyed farms and towns in southwestern Washington. The combination of rain, warmer temperatures and melting snow in the mountains caused rivers to flood their banks and spill enough water to close I-5 for many days, which cost the state of Washington millions in revenue each day.

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