A little butter makes things better. In this case The Farm Show got kicked off in Pennsylvania with a sculpture crafted from 800 pounds of butter that was donated by the Land O’Lakes plant in Carlisle, PA.
USDA will be holding a “national” public hearing on a proposal to seek changes to the “Class III and Class IV milk price formula manufacturing allowances for all Federal milk marketing orders. USDA will take evidence at the hearing to determine whether emergency marketing conditions exist that would warrant omission of a recommended decision.”
Searching around on the web for the latest news in the dairy business will sometimes come up with some strange stuff. On the other hand it will also come up with some interesting information. Like the December “Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook” (pdf file) from the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
You probably know you can visit the USDA AMS Dairy Market News website to get their reports. The site covers “the supply, demand, and price situation every week on a regional, national, and international basis for milk, butter, cheese, and dry and fluid products.”
I was wondering how people in the dairy business would feel about the recent WTO agreement that was signed in Hong Kong this past weekend. Then lo and behold I see an announcement from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).
USDA has announced a final decision to amend the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas Milk Orders.
USDA is using nonfat dry milk to help those in need. This announcement was just made at the end of last week.