National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

July 2019

7/11/2019 (Reuters) – Wall Street banks bailing on troubled U.S. farm sector

A Reuters analysis shows the agricultural loan portfolios of the nation’s top 30 banks fell by $3.9 billion between December 2015 and March 2019. Full Story

7/11/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – When the Title Match is Big Ag vs. Hobby Farms, PETA Wins

Infighting between small and large farms makes the entire ag sector weaker while making it easier for activists to attack. Full Story

7/10/2019 (Statesman Journal) – Troubled Oregon megadairy Lost Valley Farm could reopen with 28,300 animals.

Easterday Farms has asked the state of Oregon for a permit to house 28,000 cows at the former Lost Valley Farm property. Full Story.

7/10/2019 (WDIV Detroit) – Claressa Shields working to fight childhood hunger. 

Undeniably Dairy’s “Real Love Convoy” made a stop in Detroit where pro boxer Claressa Shields spoke about the need to address childhood anger. Full Story. 

7/9/2019 (WinsightGroceryBusiness) – Kroger Cites Revamped Milk Jug in Plastic Reduction

Kroger has eliminated nearly 2 million pounds of plastics from its manufacturing largely through a revamped milk jug. Full Story.

7/9/2019 (Associated Press) – Yogurt plants in Vermont, Arizona sold to Stonyfield parent.

French-based Lactalis Group, which owns StonyField Farm, has bough Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy that has yogurt plants in Vermont and Arizona. Full Story. 

7/9/2019 (Feedstuffs) – DFA hosts demo day for innovative startups.

DFA hosted its third annual demo day, featuring startup companies that took part in its accelerator program. Full Story.

7/8/2019 (CNN) – Like your coffee spiked? Pabst Blue Ribbon has the can for you.

Pabst Blue Ribbon is releasing alcoholic vanilla iced coffee in a can that’s made with “American” milk.” Full Story. 

7/8/2019 (U.S Dairy Exporter Blog) – Value of U.S. Exports Hits Four-Year High in May

May’s dairy exports hit their highest value in four years. Full Story.

7/3/2019 (Associated Press) – To Boost Milk, Dairy Groups Support High School Coffee Bars.

Associated Press explores how schools, with assistance from dairy checkoff organizations, are increasing milk use through the installation of coffee bars. Full Story.

7/2/2019 (WCAX Burlington) – Could Going National Help Local Dairy Farmers Thrive?

Dairy Farmers of America will invest $18 million in St. Albans Cooperative Creamery if a merger is approved. Full Story.

7/2/2019 (Associated Press) – Wolf Signs Bill To Help Ag Marketing, Foster Young Farmers.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the $23.1 million Pennsylvania Farm bill into law, which includes $5 million to fuel dairy innovation and value-added processing. Full Story. 

7/2/2019 (USA Today) – Viral Video Shows Woman Licking a Tub of Blue Bell Ice Cream… and then Putting it Back in the Store Freezer.

Blue bell is working with law enforcement after a viral video showed a woman licking a tub of ice cream and putting it back in a store’s freezer. Full Story.

7/1/2019 (Farm to Table Talk) – Dairy’s Environmental Impact – Tara Vendor Dussen and Krysta Harden.

New Mexico producer Tara Vander Dussen and Krysta Harden of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy share how the industry makes caring for the environment a top priority. Full Story.

7/1/2019 (Associated Press) – Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production.

Associated Press takes a closer look at the Dutch dairy farm that’s actually a three-story floating structure. Full Story. 

June 2019

6/27/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Dairy’s biggest threat looms

California’s Tyler Ribeiro writes for Hoard’s Dairyman that dairy farmers are better served when they support each other instead of attacking one another because of their differences. Full Story

6/27/2019 (Bloomberg) – Trump Warns of ‘Plan B’ on China Trade: Billions More in Tariffs

President Trump said he’s ready to impose tariffs on China if there’s no progress on a trade deal after a meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit. Full Story

6/26/2019 (MinnPost) – Can Minnesota save its dairy farms?

MinnPost examines the Minnesota Dairy Assistance, Investment and Relief Initiative (DAIRI), an $8 million measure passed by the Minnesota Legislature this year to address the dairy crisis in the state. Full Story.

6/26/2019 (AGWEB) – Ag group urges vigilance in when hiring farm workers. 

Animal Ag Alliance offers tips for staying vigilant against activists when hiring farm workers. Full Story. 

6/25/2019 ( – FARM Program Announces New Educational Resources.

The FARM program unveiled two manuals and other materials as part of its FARM Workforce Development program area. Full Story. 

6/25/2019 (News Release) – Dairy Task Force 2.0 Adopts Final Report.

Wisconsin’s Dairy Task Force 2.0 has finalized its report with 51 recommendations for the state to improve its industry. Full Story. 

6/25/2019 (Forbes) – Helping Others Is Not Just Nice To Do. It Actually Makes you Healthier, Says Champion Laila Ali. 

Former boxing champion Laila Ali talks about the health benefits of kindness in a Forbes piece that spotlights her work with the Undeniably Dairy campaign against childhood hunger. Full Story. 

6/24/2019 (Feedstuffs) – Land O’Lakes, Royal Agrifirm announce China joint venture.

Land O’Lakes has signed a deal with a Netherlands group to create a dairy feed company in China. Full Story.

6/24/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – New Bill Looks to Forgive Farmer Student Loan.

The Young Farmer Success Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of congressmen, would allow farmers and ranchers to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Full Story.

6/20/2019 (Daily Star) – Legislature passes bill allowing unions, overtime for farm workers.

Legislation that grants New York farm workers the right to join unions and requires they be paid overtime was approved by both houses. Full Story.

6/20/2019 (The New York Times) – A Guide to the Universe of Milks.

The New York Times guides parents through the many milk options for young children, including very positive reviews for cow’s milk. Full Story. 

6/20/2019 (ScienceDaily) – Yogurt may help to lower pre-cancerous bowel growth risk in men. 

Yogurt may help lower the risk of pre-cancerous bowel growth in men, according to a new study. Full Story. 

6/19/2019 (The Progress) – Dairy farmers, industry leaders, legislators and families call for return of whole milk to schools. 

Pennsylvania dairy leaders called on Congress to pass dairy-related reform, including a bill to allow whole milk in schools. Full Story. 

6/19/2019 (Feedstuffs) – New Zealand researchers attempt ‘potty training’ cows.

New Zealand scientists are exploring whether cows can be toilet-trained. Full Story. 

6/18/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – New DMC should benefit dairy farmers.

MMPA’s Ken Nobis explains why he believes the DMC will help dairy farmers. Full Story.

6/18/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Dairy received about 2% of initial MFP payments.

Dairy farmers received about 2 percent of the $8.5 billion paid out through the Market Facilitation Program. Full Story. 

6/17/2019 (CNBC) – Success lessons boxing legend Muhammed Ali taught daughter Laila about success and money.

Laila Ali learned social compassion from her father Muhammed Ali; she’s now working with Undeniably Dairy and Feeding America to prevent childhood hunger. Full Story.

6/17/2019 (WQAD Moline, IL) – Dairy cows fuel up on coffee creamer daily at local Iowa farm. 

Iowa dairy farmer John Maxwell, a recent U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winner, shares how he uses coffee creamer destined for a landfill in his cow feed. Full Story.

6/17/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Fuel Up to Play 60 Opened My Eyes to Benefits of Dairy Promotion

Texas dairy farmer Preston DeJong said getting involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 events opened his eyes to the benefits of the dairy checkoff. Full Story. 

6/13/2019 (Morning Call) – Making School Lunches Great Again: Toomey bill would allow whole milk back in schools

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has introduced the Milk in Lunches for Kids (MILK) Act, which would re-allow whole and 2% milk in school meals. Full Story

6/13/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – April Dairy Margin Coverage Payment 54¢

April will qualify for a payout for farmers who sign up for $9.50/coverage, marking the fourth straight month of eligible feed margin payments. Full Story

6/12/2019 (Reuters) – USDA says may allow farmers to collect some trade aid on unplantable acres

Ag secretary Sonny Perdue says the USDA is looking at ways for farmers who have been unable to plant crops to qualify for “minimal” payments from the recently-announced $16 billion trade relief package. Full Story

6/12/2019 (The Hill) – FDA says ‘forever chemicals’ in some foods not a human health concern

The FDA says despite a recently-leaked report, about PFAS chemicals found in some foods, it does not “have any indication that these substances are a human health concern.” Full Story

6/11/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Margin Coverage Sign-Up Begins June 17th.

Registration begins next Monday. Full Story. 

6/11/2019 (Atlas Obscura) – The Endangered Cow being Saved by Cheese.

An endangered South American cow breed called Pantaneiro may be saved by a unique cheese flavor and texture made from its milk. Full Story.

6/10/2019 (Iowa Farmer Today) – Dairy outlook promising if tariff issues resolve.

USDEC and University of Wisconsin analysts say dairy’s outlook looks bright if tariff issues can be resolved. Full Story. 

6/10/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Kids need nutrition when school’s out, too. 

Dairy Council of California is working to address childhood hunger this summer. Full Story. 

6/10/2019 (Dairy Foods) – How should we measure ‘milk’ production?

An ag analyst says milk production should be measured in terms of milk solid components. Full Story. 

6/6/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – NMPF, IDFA Commend Introduction of Bipartisan School Milk Nutrition Act

IDFA and NMPF applaud the proposed School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019, which would turn the current policy allowing schools variety in milk choices into law. Full Story

6/6/2019 (Bloomberg Opinion) – A Productivity Revolution Is Wiping Out (Most) Dairy Farms

Bloomberg Opinion says the biggest reason dairy farms are closing at faster rates is because of consolidation. Full Story

6/5/2019 (Good Morning America) – Laila Ali on cross-country campaign to teach kids about proper nutrition

Dairy farmer Katie Dotterer-Pyle and former boxer Laila Ali talked about Undeniably Dairy’s efforts to combat childhood hunger. Full Story. 

6/5/2019 (The Hill) – House advances $24B agriculture bill.

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $24.3 billion agriculture spending bill, readying it for a floor vote this month. Full Story.

6/5/2019 (Forbes) – Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, To Headline Fifth-Annual Forbes AgTech Summit In Salinas, CA

Ag Secretary Sonny Purdue will headline this month’s Forbes AgTech Summit. Full Story. 

6/4/2019 (News release) – The Dairy Community Will Rally Coast to Coast This Summer to Take on Child Hunger

DMI, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and MilkPEP will team with Feeding America this summer to combat childhood hunger. Full Story.

6/4/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Dairy Farmers of America turns social currency into real milk money

Dairy Farmers of America will donate one gallon of milk to charity for every social media posts that uses #GiveMilkMoney during June Dairy Month. Full Story.

6/4/2019 (Thrillist) – Everywhere you can free and cheap food for National Cheese Day

Today is National Cheese Day. Full Story.

6/3/2019 (KETV Omaha) – Governor Pete Ricketts proclaims June as Dairy Month

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared June as Dairy Month, recognizing “the goodness dairy brings to people’s lives.” Full Story.

6/3/2019 (WLS Chicago) – Saturday Morning Extra: Midwest Dairy Association.

Illinois dairy farmer Bill Deutsch spoke about dairy’s role in combating child hunger. Full Story. 

6/3/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Be prepared and focus for media interviews. 

Jamie Mara of the Dairy Business Association offers media tips for farmers with June Dairy Month here. Full Story.

May 2019

5/30/2019 (Bloomberg) – U.S.-EU Talks Struggle, Threatening a New Front in Trade War

A new front in the trade war is opening between the U.S. and the European Union, with agriculture being one of the hurdles to negotiation. Full Story. 

5/30/2019 (Civil Eats) – Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Food and Farming

Looks at where the crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders stand on food and farming. Full Story.

5/29/2019 (U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog) – Global Dairy Markets: Rebalancing Starts in 2019.

USDEC analyzes 2018’s record year for dairy exports while looking ahead to “market rebalancing.” Full Story.

5/29/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Dietitians experience cow to (yogurt) cup tour!

National Dairy Council and the Dairy Council of Arizona recently gave a group of dietitians an up-close look at a dairy farm and processing plant. Full Story.

5/28/2019 (National Post) – Man fined $30,000 for smuggling almost 4,000 kg of cheese into Canada

A man was fined $30,000 for trying to smuggle nearly 9,000 pounds of cheese into Canada. Full Story.

5/28/2019 (Agri-View) Dairy-Consumer proposals approved

Agri-View looks at more of the recommendations made by Wisconsins Dairy Task Force 2.0. Full Story.

5/23/2019 (USDA) – USDA Names Membership to Three Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Advisory Boards

NMPF’s Jamie Jonker has been appointed to the USDA’s advisory committee on animal health. Full Story.

5/23/2019 (Portland Press- Herald) – Summit to tap dairy cows to make pipeline gas

Summit Natural Gas of Maine will build a $20 million anaerobic digester to convert cow manure from dairy farms into natural gas. Full Story.

5/22/2019 (Bloomberg) – Trump Readies New Round of Aid to Farmers Hit by China Trade War

The Trump administration’s announcement of $15 billion in aid to farmers hurt by the trade war with China may happen on Thursday. Full Story

5/22/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Show season is coming — activists may be, too

The Animal Ag Alliance offers tips on managing potential encounters with activists at fairs. Full Story

5/21/2019 ( – Four Things to Know about the New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

USDA shares “Four Things to Know about the New Dairy Margin Coverage Program.” Full Story

5/20/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Undeniably Dairy Shifts Focus to Addressing Hunger

DMI’s Beth Engelmann shares how Undeniably Dairy is shifting its focus toward hunger issues. Full Story

5/20/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Give the gift of dairy on #WorldMilkDay

Bring awareness to childhood hunger and how milk can nourish everyone in the community this National Dairy Month. Full Story

5/16/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – NMPF Asks For Tariffs On EU Dairy Shipments

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern testified before the U.S. Trade Representative, asking for tariffs on European dairy products. Full Story

5/16/2019 (Forbes) – This Sustainable Technology Could Save America’s Dairy Farms

Forbes says digesters could “save America’s dairy farms” by mitigating environmental impacts and winning over millennials. Full Story

5/15/2019 (Associated Press) – GOP scrambles to ease blow from Trump’s trade war

Senators are working on a trade-related relief package for farmers after President Trump said as much as $15 billion would be made available. Full Story

5/15/2019 (Agri-Pulse) – A Letter From American Farm Bureau Federation’s Zippy Duvall

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to President Trump, saying farmers may not plant crops because there’s not a market for them. Full Story

5/14/2019 (Reuters) – California jury hits Bayer with $2 billion award in Roundup cancer trial

A California jury awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s Roundup caused their cancer. Full Story

5/14/2019 (Reuters) – U.S. agriculture secretary urges Japan to reach trade deal

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urged Japan to move swiftly to clinch a trade deal on farm products and other goods. Full Story

5/13/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – WASDE Forecasts All Milk Price Over $18

The latest USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate predicts an all-milk price for 2019 at $18.05. Full Story

5/13/2019 (Reuters) – U.S. plans more aid for farmers amid China trade spat

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Trump asked him to create a plan to help farmers impacted by the U.S.-China trade war. Full Story

5/9/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Sustainability Award Winners Announced

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced the winners of the eighth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. Full Story

5/9/2019 (Morning Ag Clips) – Dairy producers seek funds for methane reduction

A record number of California farmers are asking for state funds to implement manure management programs to reduce methane emissions. Full Story

5/8/2019 (Bloomberg) – Dean Says It’s Turning the Corner With Dairy Drain Set to End

Despite a drop in first quarter sales, Dean Foods stock has improved by nearly 10 percent since Friday as CEO Ralph Scozzafava says, “we believe we have passed the inflection point.” Full Story

5/7/2019 (The Takeout) – No one knows what “local” food means

While a study shows consumers find it important to eat locally-produced foods, the definition of “local” can run all over the map. Full Story

5/7/2019 (Agri-Pulse) – A Letter from U.S. Food and Agriculture Associations and Companies

Sixty-seven food and agriculture organizations and companies, including NMPF and IDFA, sent a letter to every congressional office appealing for approval of USMCA. Full Story

5/6/2019 (CNBC) – Trump says tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase to 25%, blames slow progress in trade talks

President Trump says tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase to 25 percent on Friday, as trade talks are moving “too slowly. Full Story

5/6/2019 (Des Moines Register) – Elizabeth Warren interrupted by protesters in Iowa who said she’s ‘selling out to big dairy’

Two Direct Action Everywhere activists interrupted an Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign stop, saying she had sold out to “big dairy.” Full Story

5/2/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Dairy Margins Set To Improve

An economist says signs are pointing to improved margins in dairy. Full Story

5/2/2019 (Associated Press)Grassley says Trump must lift tariffs or risk trade failures

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) says Congress won’t consider USMCA until President Trump lifts tariffs that have prompted other countries to take actions that have hurt U.S. farmers. Full Story

5/1/2019 (NMPF) – NMPF Applauds House Subcommittee For Putting Dairy First; DMC Decision Tool Now Online

NMPF applauds House subcommittee for putting dairy first. Full Story

5/1/2019 (USDA) – USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

USDA announced a tool to help dairy farmers evaluate coverage through the DMC. Full Story

April 2019

4/30/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – DMI Names Harden to Lead Global Environmental Strategy

DMI hired former USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to lead its global environmental strategy. Full Story

4/30/2019 (FarmProgress) – USDA extends Market Facilitation Program deadline

USDA extended the deadline for MFP applications to May 17. Full Story

4/29/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – U.S. Rejects EU Attempt To Control Cheese Names

The U.S. Trade Representative says it rejects the EU’s policies to block common cheese names like fontina, gorgonzola and feta. Full Story

4/29/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – Dairy’s Take On EAT-Lancet Report

NDC’s Dr. Greg Miller is among the scientists frustrated with the sustainability and nutritional claims made by the recent report. Full Story

4/25/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – 2019 could be year of recovery for dairy industry

UW-Madison experts are optimistic the dairy industry may be showing signs of recovery because of factors such as decreased production. Full Story

4/24/2019 (WebWire News Release) – USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

USDA is launching a contest for students to generate ideas for food-waste reduction. Full Story

4/24/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Fair Oaks Takes Proactive Approach to Activist Video

Fair Oaks owner Mike McCloskey shares advice on how farmers can avoid being the target of undercover activist videos. Full Story

4/23/2019 (DairyBusiness) – (12 Photos) U.S. Ambassador Sends Goodwill Message to China’s Food Industry at Conference, USDEC Reception

At USDEC’s request, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad spoke to a Chinese agricultural association in Beijing this week. Full Story

4/23/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – March U.S. Milk Production Falls 0.4%

U.S. milk production was down 0.4 percent in March, the first decline since February 2017. Full Story

4/22/2019 (USA TODAY) – Earth Day for a dairy farmer: Thinking decades down the line

In honor of Earth Day, USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack authors a column touting the many ways dairy farmers care for the environment. Full Story

4/22/2019 ( – Can whole milk make a comeback?

“Can whole milk make a comeback?” NDC’s Dr. Greg Miller shares how the tide seems to be turning on whole-fat dairy. Full Story

4/18/2019 (Associated Press) – Japan reports exports, trade surplus slid in March

U.S.-Japan trade talks are expected to start soon, though Japan says it will not make any agricultural deals better than it did in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Full Story

4/18/2019 (AGDAILY) – Is your farm on Facebook without you?

DMI’s Don Schindler explains how dairy farms could unknowingly have a Facebook Page. Full Story

4/17/2019 (Capital Press) – Census points to contraction in U.S. dairy farms

The number of dairy cows in the US continues to increase with milk production, but the number of dairy farms drops. Full Story

4/17/2019 (Spectrum News) – Senator Schumer: Help Is Coming For Struggling Dairy Farmers

A group of dairy farmers meet with Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss programs and relief for farmers. Full Story

4/16/2019 (Reuters) – EU says it is ready to launch U.S. trade talks, but without agriculture

The European Union said agriculture will not be part of trade negotiations, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said a deal that excluded agriculture would be “unlikely” to win approval in Congress. Full Story

4/16/2019 ( – Dean Foods Stock Gains on Report of a Possible Saputo Purchase

Dean Foods’ stock jumped on Monday following rumors that Canada’s Saputo may be looking to purchase the processor. Full Story

4/15/2019 (Reuters) – Ready when you are, EU tells U.S. on trade talks

The EU is ready to start trade talks with the U.S. and is optimistic a deal could be worked out before year’s end. Full Story

4/11/2019 (AGDAILY) – USDA releases 2017 Census of Agriculture data

USDA will release its 2017 Census of Agriculture today, showing new information on food marketing practices and on-farm decision making. Full Story

4/11/2019 (AgDay TV) – Can Better Milk Price Momentum Continue?

University of Missouri economist Scott Brown shares reasons to be optimistic about milk prices, including positive movements in the international marketplace. Full Story

4/10/2019 ( Associated Press) – Dairy safety net program expected in June

The new insurance program defined by the 2018 farm bill should be implemented in June. Full Story

4/10/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy’s Top 10 Job-Generating States

Dairy Herd Management created infographics showing dairy’s top 10 job-generating states and its contributions to the economy. Full Story

4/9/2019 (Hagstrom Report) – Canadian ambassador: Without USMCA, dairy classes stay in place

The Canadian dairy classes and other regulations that American farmers objected to will remain in place until USMCA is finalized. Full Story

4/9/2019 (Country Today) – Class III milk on trajectory for improvement

The base price for Class III milk in March is $15.04 per hundredweight, up $1.15 from February. Full Story

4/8/2019 (NMPF CEO’s Corner) – The Fake Dairy Issue Isn’t Going Away. Neither Are We.

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern says a changing of the guard at the FDA doesn’t diminish the industry’s fight against fake milk. Full Story

4/8/2019 (Agweek) – The sad story of dairy’s decline: Problem is obvious, solutions are not

Agweek’s editorial board says the dairy industry’s “problem is obvious, solutions are not.” Full Story

4/4/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Research helps dairies reduce nitrogen, save money

Cornell researchers say they’ve found a way to alter cow feed to improve milk production while reducing the nitrogen output in manure. Full Story 

4/4/2019 ( – Create Your H-2A Visa Checklist

The USDA unveiled a website with checklists and guidance to help farmers start the H-2A visa application process. Full Story

4/3/2019 (Bloomberg) – U.S.-Mexico Border Closing Would Shut Carmakers and Cripple Farm Goods

The threatened closure of the U.S.-Mexico border would mean “U.S. auto production would grind to a halt in a week, while pork producers and dairy farmers would be shut out of their largest export market.” Full Story

4/3/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Dairy Check Off Programs Show $4.78 To $1 Return

The USDA says in 2016, dairy checkoff programs returned a value of $4.78 for every dollar invested. Full Story

4/2/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: Partnerships bring potential for U.S. dairy in international marketplace

DMI’s Amy Wagner describes how the checkoff’s work to get dairy on domestic menu items has opened the door to international opportunities. Full Story

4/2/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Proposal to close Mexican border a threat to struggling U.S. dairy industry

USDEC and NMPF say closing the Mexican border would “wreak havoc” in the dairy industry. Full Story

4/1/2019 (Associated Press) – Farmers, banker, researcher explain economics of milking cows

Associated Press talks with dairy farmers, an economist and a banker to explore the financial challenges in dairy farming. Full Story

4/1/2019 (Reuters) – Exclusive: More than 1 million acres of U.S. cropland ravaged by floods

Last month’s “bomb cyclone” put more than 1 million acres of farmland underwater. Full Story