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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 …

Join Mario Lopez and Real California Milk for Instagram Live Breakfast Story Reading

With families balancing work and at-home or modified school schedules, starting the day off right has become more important than ever. To help encourage families to cherish shared moments at the breakfast table, Real California Milk has created a new digital series of short stories for children. These Breakfast Time Stories, starring lovable animated characters, will launch and be available …

Mailbox Milk Prices Expected to Normalize in 2021 Following Year of Extreme Volatility

The pandemic in 2020 caused unprecedented market volatility in dairy prices, leading to lower milk checks for dairy producers. However, the price spread is expected to realign in the first half of 2021, bringing normalcy to producer price differentials (PPDs) and mailbox milk prices, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division. Extreme volatility in cheese and milk …

Mexico Announces Changes to its Milk Powder Import Procedures

Mexico announced proposed changes to its milk powder import procedures under the “Agreement under which the Secretariat of Economy emits rules and criteria to the general characterization of Foreign Trade”. Stakeholders should submit comments as instructed in the notification before Thursday, November 26, 2020. On September 28, 2020, Mexico notified the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee of its …

Taiwan Strengthens Dairy Sector, Competes with US Dairy Exports

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and lumpy skin disease, Taiwan’s $1.5 billion dairy sector remains strong. Taiwan continues to improve its milk production with an eye on the coming impact of the New Zealand-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will give New Zealand quota- free duty-free access by 2025. New Zealand’s impending duty free access represents a threat …

Environmental Benefits of Modified Subsurface Drip Irrigation Systems at Dairies

California is the top milk-producing state, accounting for 21 percent of the milk produced in the United States. With that comes responsibility to find innovative solutions for managing cow manure while ensuring food and water safety and security – and California farmers and ranchers remain on the forefront in helping find new agriculture technologies that lead to environmental solutions. The …

Dairy Supply Chains Will Need to Adjust as Consumer Behavior Changes

COVID-19 is dramatically affecting consumer habits and dairy supply chains as food service demand plummets and grocery sales surge. Consumers struggling with job losses and economic uncertainty quickly returned to buying basic dairy products like fluid milk, commodity cheese and butter. A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange indicates that consumer behavior will be different for the next 12 to …

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