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Dairy Producers Must Sign-Up Before Sept. 20 for 2019 Coverage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers of nearly 17,000 dairy operations have signed up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program since signup opened June 17. Producers interested in 2019 coverage must sign up before Sept. 20, 2019. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price …

USDA Announces Details of Support Package for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals. In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other …

Overturning the Truth on Conservation Tillage

Just as we blend, cut, and fold ingredients together to follow a recipe, farmers use equipment to stir together soil and crop residue (stalks and roots of previous crops) before planting. This mechanical action is called tillage. Similar to our kitchen cupboard with a blender, mixer, and beater, farmers have access to a variety of tillage equipment. Farmers choose the …

New Studies Show Soil Health Practices Increase Farm Profitability

Today, American Farmland Trust(AFT), the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®,is releasing four case studies that show that healthier soil on farmland brings economic benefits to farmers and environmental benefits to society. These case studies were developed in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). AFT Water Initiative Director Dr. Michelle Perez, the lead researcher on the …

California Dairy Organizations Collaborate on Process to Address State’s Quota Program

Today, the United Dairy Families of California, California Dairies, Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and the STOP QIP organization announced a multi-phase process aimed at soliciting and analyzing industry input on California’s historic quota program. Included in this process is a series of meetings, starting later this month, open to all dairy producers and interested parties. These …

Fuel Up to Play 60 Celebrates 10-year Anniversary at Annual Summit

Fuel Up to Play 60, a program created by the dairy checkoff and National Football League (NFL) to improve health and wellness in schools across the country, celebrated its 10-year anniversary at its annual student ambassador summit, July 16-19 in Cleveland. The summit brought together 264 students and 124 educators from 45 states to exchange ideas and become further inspired about Fuel …

Agricultural Leaders Announce Support For USMCA

Agricultural Leaders Announce Support For USMCA

Agricultural leaders around the Central Valley announced their support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, referred to as the USMCA and call upon Congress to act quickly and to vote on the agreement.  The USMCA would replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and offers Agricultural more opportunities. The Agricultural Industry plays a vital role in California’s economy. …

USDA Now Making Payments for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20, 2019. “Times have been especially tough for dairy farmers, and while we hope producers’ margins will increase, the Dairy Margin Coverage program is …

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