Milking Parlor: Profits Tighter But Dairy Herd Expanding

John Davis

Prospects for dairy farmers are mixed for this year, with milk prices going up but profits being a bit lower… that’s the word out of the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum. In this edition of the Milking Parlor, we hear from Ag Department dairy analyst Roger Hoskins, who told the group gathered for the forum that feed prices have gone …

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Dairy Industry Committee Approves Report to Vilsack

John Davis

The Dairy Industry Advisory Committee today has made some key recommendations for changes in USDA policy to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In approving the final version of the “Recommendations for Public Policy to Improve Dairy Farm Profitability and Reduce Milk Price Volatility” report, the 17-member committee of dairy industry producers and leaders made recommendations to Vilsack on how USDA can …

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Dairy Committe Report Due Out in March

Cindy Zimmerman

The dairy economy was a topic of discussion during a full House Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday where Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the outlook for the farm economy. “The livestock and dairy industries could face some financial pressures in 2011 and bear watching,” Vilsack told the committee. Getting more specific in his written testimony, Vilsack noted that dairy …

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Farm Financial Forecast Brighter

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest farm financial forecast is brighter and even the dairy sector is expected to be a little higher this year, despite increased feed costs. According to the USDA report, net farm income is forecast to be $94.7 billion in 2011, up $15.7 billion (19.8 percent) from the 2010 forecast. The 2011 forecast is the second highest inflation-adjusted value for …

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USDA Deregulates Biotech Alfalfa

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced its decision to grant non-regulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide commercially known as Roundup. “After conducting a thorough and transparent examination of alfalfa through a multi-alternative environmental impact statement (EIS) and several public comment opportunities, APHIS has determined that Roundup Ready …

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House Ag Hearing on Biotech Focuses on Alfalfa

Cindy Zimmerman

The future of biotech alfalfa was in the spotlight as the U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to review the biotechnology product regulatory approval process. Prior to the hearing, committee chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) joined Senate Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that the department “return to a science based regulatory system …

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USDA Awards Bioenergy Producer Payments to Dairies

Cindy Zimmerman

More than a dozen dairy operations are getting bioenergy producer payments from USDA as incentives to produce advanced biofuels. Under the Farm Bill, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels authorizes payments to eligible producers to expand production and use of advanced biofuels. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the payments Thursday for over 120 operations in 33 states to support the …

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Cooperative Message Delivered to Ag Secretary

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently got a pile of postcards from Dairy Farmers of America members stressing the importance of cooperatives. Delivery of the cooperative message was made by DFA members Lee Ramsburg of Gettysburg, Pa., (left) and David Crowl of Street, Md., (center) following the last in the series of workshops conducted this year by the USDA and the …

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USDA Observes Dairy Greenhouse Gas Agreement Anniversary

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today commemorated the one year anniversary of the agreement to help U.S. dairy producers cut greenhouse gas emissions that was signed on this date during climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark last year. “The partnership between USDA and U.S. dairy producers to increase sustainability has achieved remarkable results over the past year,” said Vilsack. “USDA has …

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Vilsack Names NDB Board Members

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Congratulations to the dairy farmers named to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. All appointees will serve three-year terms. “These appointees represent a diverse cross section of the dairy industry and I am confident that they will serve dairy producers throughout the United States well,” said Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack. Newly appointed members are: Renae A. De Jager, …

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