Digest Highlights

• April fluid milk sales stable

• National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board appointees named

• Video: 650 million reasons for U.S. dairy's long-term investment in Southeast Asia

• China retaliation to hit dairy

• Zoetis, Holstein Association USA partner to publish Dairy Wellness Profit Index high-ranking female lists

• New blood test reveals mastitis susceptibility

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Daryl and Brenda Sternweis of D&B Sternweis Farms in Marshfield, Wisconsin, are co-hosting Wisconsin Farm Technology Days with their neighbors and long-time friends, the Heiman family.

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A Virginia cooperative is showing their love for dairy farmers during June Dairy Month by continuing their Cheese Ministry.

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In the midst of increasingly heated discussions about trade, some Wisconsin farmers and others are questioning the U.S. approach.

“Our current approach to trade is not serving farmers well,” says Darin Von Ruden, president of Wisconsin Farmers Union. “With over 20 percent of U.S. agricultural output headed for international markets, farmers have become vulnerable to factors over which they have no control, such as exchange rates or trade wars with other countries.”

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The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved its 2018 Farm Bill proposal, so far a less contentious version than the House proposal defeated on the House floor in May. For the most part, dairy provisions of the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill are similar to those contained in the House version, but there are differences. Those include the premium structure and the flexibility (or lack of flexibility) to make changes in annual coverage selections under a revised and renamed Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

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