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Covid-19, Climate, Challenge and Change

The global pandemic has revealed in new ways how essential farmers and farmworkers are to the food supply chain. With this revelation has also come more widespread understanding of the challenges farmers and ranchers face while scrambling to adopt new workplace safety protocols in the fields and on packing lines, respond to dramatically altered markets, and seek relief funding so …

Federal Dietary Committee Recommends 3 Servings of Dairy Per Day

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) released the following statement today:   “Today, members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) confirmed dairy products should maintain a central, important role in federal nutrition recommendations for people beginning at a very early age. In addition to maintaining three servings of dairy per day, the committee found strong evidence pointing to positive …

National Dairy Month Efforts Include ‘Raising Gallons’ Video, ‘30 Days of Dairy’

In celebration of National Dairy Month, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) and state and regional checkoff teams around the country are showcasing dairy’s resilience and community impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The efforts begin on June 1 – World Milk Day – with a “Raising Gallons” video that DMI created in partnership with state and regional checkoff organizations. The video features …

USDA Issues First Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has already approved more than $545 million in payments to producers who have applied for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. FSA began taking applications May 26, and the agency has received over 86,000 applications for this important relief program. “The coronavirus has hurt America’s farmers, ranchers, …

Cargill Launches Recognition Program for Dairies: New White Heart Award

Cargill is pleased to announce a new initiative to help dairy farmers in the U.S. recognize the people who support them through difficult times with a distinguished White Heart Award. Dairy farmers can nominate anyone who has shown them an act of kindness, big or small at cargilldairydreams.com/whiteheartaward.  “We want to make it easy for dairies to thank the people …

Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s Sixth Annual Forward Scholarships

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is excited to offer, for the sixth consecutive year, the Lallemand Forward Scholarship for students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The 2020 program offers: two $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine scholarship, one $3,000 master’s program scholarship and one $3,000 doctoral scholarship. Applications are open to students in the United States, Mexico and Canada. “After …

On World Milk Day, U.S. Dairy Celebrates American Consumers

National Milk Producers Federation — While no one can say with certainty that the slow re-openings across the U.S. mark the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s clear these attempts to return to a more normal existence mark the end of the beginning. The world is an experiment, both of science and of societies. Outcomes will remain uncertain …

DMI/NMPF Dairy Market Report (COVID-19 Impact)

Overview The coronavirus pandemic has attacked the U.S. dairy economy in waves. It showed up first via collapsing futures-based price outlooks in March, then prompted an April meltdown in the cash markets, and is now being felt most acutely in the milk checks producers will receive through July. But as of mid-May, cash and futures markets were strongly rebounding, particularly …

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Likely to Pay for the Remainder of 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. Current projections indicate that a DMC payment is likely to trigger every month …

China Ramps Up Milk Production, Still Room for US Dairy Imports

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s latest China Dairy & Products Semi-annual Report shows that China’s fluid milk production is expected to continue increasing as a result of the expansion of large dairy farms and improved yields. COVID-19 has had a limited impact on milk production but temporarily reduced consumption resulting in a relatively higher ratio of fluid milk being processed into …

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