New Holland SP Forage Harvester Performs for Producers

Joanna Schroeder

New Holland has continued the launch of its Self Propelled Forage Harvester line that started last year – a great piece of equipment for dairy producers and other producers. According to Doug Otto, with New Holland, the five model line-up ranges from 480 horsepower all the way up to 825 horsepower. Otto and I spoke during this year’s Farm Progress …

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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese to Assist Dairy Producers

Jamie Johansen

The USDA announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. USDA also announced that it will extend the deadline for dairy producers to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy …

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Farm Bureau Asks USDA for Emergency Dairy Aid

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has asked the USDA to provide emergency assistance for the nation’s dairy farmers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said AFBF supported a recent request from 61 members of Congress asking USDA to provide emergency assistance. Duvall noted the U.S. all-milk price fell to $14.50 per hundredweight in …

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Congressional Coalition Sends Letter to USDA

Lizzy Schultz

U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02), along with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and a bipartisan coalition of 57 other members of the House and Senate sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack last week asking for assistance for dairy producers struggling with declining milk prices. The letter specifically …

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Seasonal Effects on Milk Components

Lizzy Schultz

As summer swings into full force, you may be seeing a decline in milk fat and protein concentrations. These components tend to peak in the winter months and fall to their lowest point around July and August. Jon Pretz, Dairy Nutritionist, and Dr. Sarah Schuling, Dairy R & D Nutritionist with Hubbard Feeds, have offered some insight into the decline, …

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NMPF Endorses Legislation Exempting Farms from RCRA

Lizzy Schultz

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has expressed support for new bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that clarifies the exemption of dairy farms and other livestock producers from being subject to the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA was enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1976 to set forth a framework for the …

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Dairy Groups Support Senate on GMO Labeling Decision

Lizzy Schultz

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked members of the United States Senate for approving a cloture motion today that will set up a final vote on legislation for a federal, uniform labeling system for foods produced using biotechnology. The final vote is expected to take place by Friday afternoon. The legislation was negotiated by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and …

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June Dairy Market Report

Lizzy Schultz

This month’s Dairy Market Report from Dairy Management Inc. and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) shows that U.S. milk production was 1.2 percent higher in April than a year earlier.This interrupts the pattern of the three previous months, which had suggested the nation’s milk supply was experiencing a rapid growth spurt. Domestic commercial use of milk solids grew faster …

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Conewango Introduces the Evolution X1 Milking Liner

Lizzy Schultz

The Evolution X1 Milking Liner has officially been released by Conewango. The liner was designed to help dairy producers increase milking speed without increasing vacuum levels. “Evolution X1 combines the best features of our gentle, low-vacuum Evolution X with high milking-speed design,” said Conewango General Manager Jeff Perkins. “It’s also the ideal solution for dairy producers who want a higher-capacity, …

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NMPF Endorses Ag Environmental Stewardship Act

Lizzy Schultz

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has voiced support for the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, a piece of legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The new bipartisan legislation will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment and enable dairy farmers to find new ways to reduce their …

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