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USDA Update on Farm Bill Implementation Progress

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(Washington, D.C., April 12, 2019)— U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20th, 2018 and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementation of key programs. USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency’s …

Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the …

Tauchen Named Assistant Director of Communications for US Jersey Organizations

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Kaila (Wussow) Tauchen, Cecil, Wis., has been named Assistant Director of Communications for the recently restructured Communications Department of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Tauchen grew up on her family’s operation Milk N’More Farms and was involved in numerous Jersey youth activities. She was the 2017 National Jersey Youth Achievement winner and a past winner of the Pot O’Gold and …

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

Livestock Gross Margin Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy)for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), previously were determined by the 2014 Farm Bill to be ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy, …

New Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Address Labor Shortages on Dairy Farms

New Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Address Labor Shortages on Dairy Farms

The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) supports a new federal bill that has been introduced by Congressmen Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and John Joyce (R-PA) to expand the current H-2A visa program, allowing for its use by dairy farmers. The bill will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, making it suitable for the year-round labor needs of the dairy industry by allowing …

Hageman Elected as Board President of World Dairy Expo

Hageman Elected as Board President of World Dairy Expo

World Dairy Expo leaders elected officers at the annual March meetings of the Board of Directors, Commercial Exhibitor Committee and Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee. Comprised of dairy producers, business professionals and Expo exhibitors, these groups were also charged with setting new initiatives for the 2019 World Dairy Expo, October 1 through 5, during their respective meetings. The Commercial Exhibitor Committee …

To Pool or Not to Pool California Milk

Under the new California Federal Milk Marketing Order, dairy processors now have the option of whether to pool their milk (outside of Class 1 milk).  So what does this mean and how does it affect the industry?  Watch this brief interview with Annie AcMoody from Western United Dairymen as she explains.  Read more about it in California Dairy Magazine.

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

With a rising middle class in China, US dairy producers saw potential for a great marketing opportunities that has recently been shattered by the current international trade dispute.  With trade issues in Mexico as well, another big market for the the US dairy industry, there are big concerns as to how this will impact the industry in a time of …

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

The passage of Proposition 12 last year really showed how misinformed the public is and Anti-Animal Ag activists continue to fuel the fire, and their next target in destroying the dairy and beef cattle industry is to outlaw calf hutches.  This is just one of the many issues California dairy and beef cattle producers are dealing with at this time. …

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