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This Week In Dairy

  • California Dairies Inc. announces closure of its Los Banos manufacturing facility

    California Dairies Inc. (CDI) announced on Jan. 16, 2018, it will cease operations at its Los Banos, California, manufacturing facility on March 17, 2018. The entire facility will close, affecting approximately 63 employees.

  • Challenging outlook for dairy industry

    Farm Credit East recently hosted its annual dairy outlook webinar featuring nationally recognized dairy economist Dr. Mark Stephenson of University of Wisconsin – Madison, along with commentary from Farm Credit East loan officer Corey Kayhart and business consultant Gregg McConnell.

  • Cool stuff we saw at World Dairy Expo 2017

    It’s become a tradition for the Progressive Dairyman team to scope out new products, ideas and innovations to share with readers following World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2017 show, with a theme of “Discovering New Dairy Worlds,” had plenty to offer.

  • How did your dairy co-op rank in 2016 revenue?

    Lower dairy product prices resulted in lower revenue for most dairy cooperatives in 2016, according to an annual report from the National Cooperative Bank. With the revenue decline, fewer dairy co-ops were listed among the nation's 100 largest cooperatives.

  • Made your decision yet? Evaluate MPP, LGM and the futures market to construct a safety net

    Editor's note: While this article seeks to explain different options to protect milk prices and income margins, it's imperative you talk to professional milk marketers and insurance agents before making risk management decisions.

  • October Dairy Economic Update: What you did last summer

    We’re into the fourth quarter of 2017. Looking back to late summer, August might have provided the high point for prices and margins.

  • Slowdown in milk production growth forecast, but recovery will take time

    Dairy farmers may find glimmers of sunshine in an otherwise dreary outlook, but they’ll have to weather the storm before seeing much price recovery.

  • Some good news: Whey, cheese and powder sales push November exports higher

    November 2017 U.S. dairy exports were the highest monthly total in more than a year, paced by record shipments of whey products, strong sales of cheese and milk powder, and improved volumes of butterfat, according to Alan Levitt, USDEC vice president of communications and market analysis.

  • U.S. leaders eye dairy export goal as August posts gains

    With increasing U.S. milk production outpacing growth in domestic consumption, the global market will become more important as an outlet for U.S. sales. U.S. dairy marketing leaders outlined efforts to boost U.S. dairy product exports during a press conference at World Dairy Expo, Oct. 4, in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Weekly Digest: Global dairy prices stronger

    Digest Highlights: The latest Global Dairy Trade auction provided some good news. Pacific Northwest dairy profitability faces large challenges in 2018, although there is slight optimism for the second half of the year. U.S. packaged fluid milk sales were down in November. Find a summary of this and other news here.

  • What’s new with the IRS for 2017?

    It’s that time of the year to start thinking about taxes for 2017. So what’s new for 2017? The short answer is: nothing much – still waiting. However, I’m sure you have heard about President Trump’s proposed tax reform. What are these changes? This article will discuss some of President Trump’s proposed changes and how they affect you.