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September 2021 milk marketings through Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs) extended summer-long trends resembling 2019 and pre-pandemic 2020. With a few exceptions, Class III milk pooling was more consistent, and producer price differentials (PPDs) were smaller but mostly positive. Unfortunately for producers, milk prices couldn’t shake their summer blues.

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While supply and demand are two pillars serving as the foundation for milk prices, both do not always bear the same weight in determining what dairy producers are paid for their milk, according to Peter Vitaliano, chief economist with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

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In this column, Progressive Dairy summarizes issues in the news and attempts to describe how they might affect dairy farmers.This issue features a look at a number of issues either in progress (or seemingly in limbo) at Progressive Dairy’s deadline. Look for more extensive background, details and updates at Progressive Dairy.

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