Farm Groups Challenge Dannon & Other Food Companies

Jamie Johansen

Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary. This focus on deceptive food company marketing claims is in response to Dannon’s recent pledge to eliminate …

Ag Group, Dairy, Food, National Milk, USFRA

USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese

Jamie Johansen

Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, Wisc. today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients. While USDA projects dairy prices to increase throughout the rest of the year, …

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Dairy Groups Hosting Webinar on EU Geographical Indications

Lizzy Schultz

The three national dairy trade associations have plans to unveil a major economic analysis on the consequences of surrendering to the European Union on common cheese names in a webinar for media Tuesday, October 11, at 11 a.m. EDT. The webinar will include a 60-page analysis that shows how the EU’s anti-competitive approach to geographical indications will cost U.S. dairy …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dairy, Export, Export, International, National Milk, USDEC

FARM Program, Merck Offer Animal Health Webinars

Lizzy Schultz

The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program , which is administered by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), has announced that it is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to offer a series of animal health webinars that will further build upon the strong partnership established last year between the Merck Dairy Care365 Program and the FARM Program. This decision …

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Dairy Groups Challenge Protectionist Dairy Policy in Canada

Jamie Johansen

Dairy organizations in the United States, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to deepen its restrictions on dairy trade. The groups said Canada’s policies violate “international trade obligations, hold out the prospect of trade diversion with attendant global price-depressing impacts and …

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Dairy Groups Urge Investigation of New Canadian Barriers

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have praised Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for urging an investigation into Canadian dairy pricing policies that have impacted current trade and stand to negatively affect U.S. dairy farmers and manufacturers, jeopardizing the country’s trade commitment to the United States. In a letter to …

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NMPF Also Asks USDA to Aid to Dairy Farmers

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has also sent a letter to the USDA to provide a measure of relief by purchasing at least $100 million worth of cheese products for donation to the needy – a measure that would help both farmers, and food insecure Americans who patronize food banks. In a letter sent Friday to Agriculture Secretary Tom …

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US-Mexico Dairy Alliance Forms

Lizzy Schultz

Leaders of U.S. and Mexican dairy industry organizations have pledged to work together towards improving trade between the two countries, addressing mutual challenges, and increasing dairy consumption while promoting milk production on both sides of the border. A memorandum, signed by the dairy leaders after a two day summit this week, created a US-Mexico Dairy Alliance. The Alliance will meet …

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USDA Safety Net Assistance for Milk Producers

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 2014. The narrowing margin between milk prices and the cost of feed triggered the payments, as provided for by the …

Ag Group, Cattle, Dairy, Markets, Milk, National Milk, usda

July Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

The July issue of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Dairy Management Inc. Dairy Market Report is not out and suggests milk prices will likely bottomed out for the year. Find the complete report here. June Federal Milk Marketing Order prices were up over the previous month, as were Class III and Class IV prices. The dairy futures markets …

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