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How the dairy industry could benefit from a price stabilization plan

“The volatility in dairy product prices and dairy producer milk prices is extremely difficult for dairy producers, milk processors and end users of milk and dairy products to manage,” the Holstein Association USA, Inc. (HAUSA) says in their Dairy Price Stabilization Program outline.

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Should any growth management plan include a market access fee on all of the milk produced or just for the new milk produced? What should that price be?

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Despite the brisk temperatures during the first week of January, more than 10,000 agricultural producers and industry professionals attended the Keystone Farm Show, held at the York Fairgrounds January 5 to 7.

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Last year has been noted as one of the most economically challenging years in the last 30 years. In his last Dairy Day address before retiring as a University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist at the end of the year, Mike Hutjens reviewed lessons learned in 2009 and throughout his extension career.

There was some good news for producers in the state. Illinois ended the year with the same number of cows as it had when it started.

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Jim and Andy Werkhoven

More than 75 dairy producers and allied industry leaders convened in Seattle, Washington, for the sixth annual Managers Academy.

The three-day event included executive-level training by business coaches Dr. David Kohl and David Parker and a day of tours to agricultural businesses in the Seattle area, including Werkhoven Dairy Farm in Monroe, Washington; Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Pike Place Fish Market in downtown Seattle.

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