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Why So Much Volatility in the US Cheese Market Recently

Class 3 milk prices have seen better days in the California dairy industry.  The cheese market in particular has been quite volatile recently, and producers are disappointed to see prices on the decline this month.  Watch this brief interview with Tiffany LaMendola, Vice President of Risk Management at Ever.Ag, as she explains the current dynamics of the cheese market. Please …

NMC Seeks National Dairy Quality Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the National Mastitis Council’s (NMC) National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA) program. This program recognizes dairies that excel in producing high-quality milk. Nominations close Aug. 31. Coordinated by NMC, the NDQA program recognizes U.S. dairy producers who market milk with a low somatic cell count (SCC) and low standard plate count (SPC). Additionally, judges evaluate dairy …

Dairy Co-ops Lead in Developing Milk-Pricing Consensus

It would seem daunting that the highly diverse dairy community, which ranges from small, 20 cow farms to 20,000+ animal operations using state-of-the-art equipment for everything from housing to enhanced sustainability, would be able to reach a unanimous consensus on a comprehensive proposal to modernize milk pricing, which is both incredibly important and incredibly complicated for each of those farms. …

NMPF Submits Milk-Pricing Plan to USDA, Moving FMMO Modernization Forward

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recently submitted to USDA its comprehensive proposal for modernizing the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system, the product of two years of examination and more than 150 meetings held to build consensus behind updates to a program that last saw significant changes in 2000. “Dairy farmers and their cooperatives need a modernized Federal Milk …

National Milk Producers Federation Advances Sustainability Leadership

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) named Nicole Ayache its first ever chief sustainability officer and Emily Yeiser Stepp the first ever executive director of its National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, bolstering its sustainability leadership and member service in staff promotions. NMPF also elevated Louise Kamali and Sage Saffran in recognition of their growing and expanding roles …

FARM Animal Care Program Announces Version 5 Survey Results

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program today shared the results of its Animal Care Version 5 Development Survey. The report summarizes stakeholder perspectives on animal care issues of importance and captures ideas and levels of support for potential changes to the industry’s animal care standards. “We are pleased with the level of engagement and the quality of …

American Dairy Coalition defends temporary return to Class I ‘higher of’ milk price formula until USDA hearing process evaluates options

There are several key reasons American Dairy Coalition supports a temporary return to the previous Class I milk pricing formula using the ‘higher of’ Classes III or IV, until a USDA hearing process can evaluate other ideas including a change made in the 2018 Farm Bill to an averaging method plus 74 cents, which was implemented in May 2019. “We …

American Dairy Coalition Supports Immediate Return to Previous Class I Formula Pricing Until New Milk Pricing Options are Examined

“We are in the midst of a modern-day dairy crisis magnified by a Class I pricing change in the 2018 Farm Bill. This system cannot adapt to market conditions and thus is not fairly compensating our dairy farmers. The formula change is a symptom of larger problems in a system that is confusing, convoluted and difficult to understand. We need …

Dairy Associations Urge Additional White House Action on Ports Crisis

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) joined several other organizations urging the Biden administration to take additional steps to alleviate the ongoing ports crisis in a letter sent today to the White House from a coalition of 77 agriculture and food associations. Since early 2021, dairy and other agriculture exporters have been facing …

NMPF Scholarship Recipients Announced, ADSA Winners Recognized

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today announced the recipients of its 2021 National Dairy Leadership Scholarship awards. The awards, presented by the NMPF Board of Directors, support the next generation of dairy leaders and researchers and are open to qualified graduate students who are actively pursuing dairy-related fields of study. “The value these students bring to the dairy industry …

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