National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

January 2019

1/23/2019 (Reuters) – U.S. Department of Agriculture to reopen all farm agency offices

USDA will reopen all Farm Service Agency offices tomorrow to offer services to farmers and ranchers. Full Story

1/23/2019 (Carthage Republican Tribune) – Cornell professor shares 2019 dairy economy predictions

Ag economist Andrew Novakovic talked pricing trends, production and trade at Cornell’s Dairy Day. Full Story

1/22/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Proposal creates ‘blue card’ status for dairy, ag workers

A proposed congressional bill would create a “blue card” to protect improperly documented dairy farm workers from deportation. Full Story

1/22/2019 (Associated Press) – Regulators Sign Off on Dairy Farm in Northwestern Indiana

Indiana regulators have approved a permit for Natural Prairie Dairy to open a 4,000-head organic dairy farm. Full Story

December 2018

12/7/2018 (NMPF) – NMPF Applauds USDA Support for More Milk Options in School Meals

The National Milk Producers Federation commended Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for returning low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Full Story


12/7/2018 (Associated Press) – U.S. Dairy Industry Calls for Greater Market Access to Japan

The U.S. dairy industry pushed President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday to ensure increased access to the Japanese market, saying the United States lags behind other farming nations that have tariff-cutting agreements with Japan. Full Story


12/6/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – USDA is working to remove tariffs now that USMCA has been signed

Undersecretary for trade Ted McKinney says USDA is working towards a resolution. Full Story


12/6/2018 (FarmJournal’s MILK) – Some industry analysts believe milk prices will recover in about six months

As the picture gets painted for the 2019 dairy forecast, the second half of the year will likely be when producers start to see price recovery. Full Story


12/5/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Cooperatives Work Together helping dairy producer bottom line

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and its members have a long and proud history of working to move the dairy industry forward, and nowhere is that legacy clearer than in the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) self-help export program, according to Jim Mulhern, chief executive officer of NMPF. Full Story


12/4/2018 (U.S. Dairy Export Council) – Executive Summary of Trade Deal’s Impact on Dairy

Trade policy experts at USDEC and NMPF synthesized the most significant provisions of USMCA for the U.S. dairy industry. Full Story


12/4/2018 (Dairy Herd) – GENYOUth Gala Generates More Than $2 Million

The money will be used to help support youth wellness programs such as the Fuel Up to Play 60, a partnership between U.S. dairy farmers and the National Football League. Full Story


12/3/2018 (Agri-Pulse) – China agrees to buy more US ag products as trade negotiations heat up

The White House announced Saturday night that China has agreed to “start purchasing agricultural products from our farmers immediately” after a dinner meeting between President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and high-level officials on both sides. Full Story


12/3/2018 (Dairy Herd) – U.S. Dairy Groups Welcome USMCA Trade Deal Signing; Canadians Unhappy

The signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by leaders of three North American countries has been applauded by members of the U.S. dairy industry, but Canadian dairymen aren’t pleased with the deal. Full Story


November 2018

11/30/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Trade Wars Trigger Crisis for Dairy Farmers

Times are tough for farmers across the nation, milk prices are low and dairy producers have been hit hard by tariffs on the products they export to some of our major dairy trading partners. Full Story


11/30/2018 (NBC) – Trump signs USMCA trade deal with Mexico, Canada to replace NAFTA

The world leaders signed the USMCA, a new trade agreement set to replace NAFTA. Full Story


11/28/2018 (Reuters) –  Concerns over dairy may prevent Friday’s planned signing of the USMCA

Dairy remains a sticking point between the United States and Canada as the countries prepare to sign a new North American trade pact this week, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Full Story


11/27/2018 (Milk Life) –  MilkPEP is encouraging donations of milk to food banks

Hungry families right in your community may be missing out on milk’s much-needed nutrients – and all the holiday moments milk brings this time of year. Full Story


11/26/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: A difficult year, but checkoff offers reasons for optimism

This will likely be remembered as one of the most trying years in our industry’s history. Full Story


11/20/2018 (NMPF) – Checkoff Partner Strategy Crucial to Driving Short- and Long-Term Sales

At a time when dairy farmers face continued uncertainty that impacts their farm businesses – from commodity pricing, input costs and global trade and market conditions – there remains one constant: a checkoff approach and business plan that works. Full Story


11/19/2018 (NMPF) – NMPF Thanks FDA for Extending Milk Labeling Comment Period

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its announcement today that it will extend by 60 days, until Jan. 25, the public comment period during which the agency is seeking information on the proper names for plant-based beverages. Full Story


11/14/2018 (NMPF) – Mexican, NMPF Dairy Leaders Meet to Mutually Benefit Producers

U.S. dairy officials from NMPF and USDEC met with Mexican dairy leaders last month to collaborate on trade goals. Full Story


11/13/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Dairy leaders dig in to build demand

In response to historically tough times for the industry, DMI’s Barb O’Brien says checkoff partners are exploring ways to put more dairy on their fall menus. Full Story


11/13/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – Study Shows Three-Year Dairy Price Cycle Might Be a Thing of the Past

CoBank Economist Ben Laine authored a new report that suggests the traditional three-year dairy price cycle might be a thing of the past, with the shift to larger dairy farms possibly leading to longer periods of lower prices, like the industry is experiencing now. Full Story


11/12/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – All-Milk Prices Projected To Rise to $19—by 2026

USDA has just released its 10-year projections for U.S. milk production, cow numbers, imports and exports, and the general tone is a gradual increase in just about every category. Full Story


11/8/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: Good news: Dairy foods are part of plant-based diets

Dairy is a vital and important part of healthy eating patterns, and this includes plant-based diets. People absolutely can still enjoy milk, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt in diets based on plants, which is information we continue to share with consumers and thought leaders. Full Story


11/6/2018 (NBC) – FDA approves drug to make cow manure less stinky

The goal is more environmentally friendly cattle poop, according to the company that makes the drug. Full Story


11/5/2018 (Dairy Business) – Has the formula for dairy farm profit changed?

A University of Minnesota extension professional examines whether and how the formula for dairy farm profit has changed. Full Story


11/3/2018 (Imperial Valley News) – Truck at Northern California dairy utilizes convenient fuel source

A California dairy relies on an electric farm truck powered by cow manure. Full Story


11/2/2018 (Dairy Management Inc.) – Dairy Checkoff Leaders Share Highlights During Annual Meeting

Surging exports, partnership support and Undeniably Dairy campaign are among areas of 2018 successes. Full Story


October 2018

10/30/2018 ( – NMPF Calls Out Plant-Based Beverage Industry Misinformation, Citing New Consumer Data

NMPF calls on the FDA to end deceptive labeling on non-dairy products, citing a new survey showing consumers misunderstand nutritional differences between milk and alternatives. Full Story


10/26/2018 (Brownfield) – NMPF Wants More Dairy Support

The National Milk Producers Federation is asking USDA to increase it’s support for dairy farmers in the next round to trade mitigation payments. Full Story


10/26/2018(Hoard’s Dairyman) – What Could a New NAFTA Mean for Dairy? 

The new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada advances dairy interests as farmers and the entire industry look for tariff relief and more trade agreements. Full Story


10/24/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – How did your dairy co-op rank in 2017 revenue?

The National Cooperative Bank released its annual report of the top 100 cooperatives by volume, with 17 dairy co-ops making the list. Full Story


10/23/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Industry Would Rather Resolve Trade than Receive Aid

In late July, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $12 billion program to help farmers who are bearing the brunt of President Donald Trump’s trade tactics. Program sign-ups began Sept. 4. Full Story


10/23/2018 (FoodNavigator-USA) – Tillamook CEO talks dairy innovation and ambitions of reaching $1bn in sales

Tillamook County Creamery Association has had a loyal regional following in the Pacific Northwest for more than 100 years (founded in 1909), but in order to secure its next 100 years the dairy co-operative needed to execute a national growth strategy set forth by CEO Patrick G. Criteser who has ambitions of hitting $1bn in annual sales. Full Story


10/22/2018 (FoodIngredients1st) – Dairy platforms: Arla Foods Ingredients eyes personalization and protein

Arla Foods Ingredients looks to better tailor dairy products for specific demographics, especially senior consumers. Full Story


10/18/2018 (Dairy Foods) – Dairy’s global competitiveness enhanced through research centers

NDC’s Bill Graves explains how the National Dairy Foods Research Center program is vital to U.S. exports. Full Story


10/17/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Amp Americas opens country’s largest dairy renewable natural gas project

A new Indiana facility will convert 945 tons of manure into renewable transportation fuel, making it the largest project of its kind in the U.S. Full Story


10/16/2018 (Progressive Farmer) – Farm Bill Anxiety

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway said lawmakers remain intent on getting a new farm bill done before the end of the year. Full Story


10/15/2018 (Commonwealth Journal) – Prairie Farms breaks ground on $5 million expansion

A $5 million expansion to the Prairie Farms plant on Bourne Avenue is moo-ving forward, and the milk bottling plant celebrated Thursday with a ground breaking ceremony which concluded with guest sipping on the milk of their choice. Full Story


10/15/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Farmers Loud and Proud on #NationalFarmersDay

October 12 was National Farmer’s Day and some dairy farmers shared their story on social media. Click to take a look at some of these popular posts. Full Story


10/12/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Surround sound needed to grow dairy exports

A circular sound system in the form of industry collaboration is needed to grow domestic and global dairy product demand, or else the U.S. dairy industry is not going to be successful, according to Tom Gallagher, chief executive officer of Dairy Management Inc. Full Story


10/12/2018 (American Agriculturist) – Farmers can sign up for Dairy Revenue Protection program 

Dairy farmers interested in the Dairy Revenue Protection program available through the American Farm Bureau attended a session on Oct. 4 at World Dairy Expo to learn more about the program and how to sign up. Full Story


10/10/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) –  Despite tariffs, U.S. dairy export volume up in August

Despite tariffs, August 2018 dairy exports were up 12 percent by volume and 3 percent by value compared to the same month a year earlier. Full Story


10/10/2018 (DairyBusiness) – Exports Reignite Dairy Farmer’s Impossible Dream

The U.S. Dairy Export Council profiles Nevada dairy farmer Daniel Perazzo to illustrate how dairy creates jobs and exports create more jobs. Full Story


10/8/2018 (Dairy Foods) – Checkoff’s Undeniably Dairy fall campaign aims to reconnect Americans with dairy farmers

DMI announces the fall programming for the Undeniably Dairy campaign, which offers consumers who are generations removed from the farm an opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with dairy farmers. Full Story


10/8/2018 (The Country Today) – DMI chief hopeful about dairy demand

DMI CEO Tom Gallagher shares insights on various industry challenges, including fluid milk. Full Story


10/5/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – New Farm Bill Could Offer 4:1 Return for Dairy Farmers

Revisions to the Margin Protection Program (MPP), proposed in the yet-to-be approved new farm bill, could offer dairy farmers a 4:1 return. Full Story


10/5/2018 (Indiana Prairie Farmer) – Milk Prices Likely to Go Higher in 2019

Favorable domestic sales, slower growth in milk production and higher dairy exports have pushed September milk prices higher than they were in August, according to Bob Cropp, University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy economist. Full Story


10/3/2018 (Feedstuffs) – National Dairy FARM Workforce Development launched

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program is launching a new effort, FARM Workforce Development, to train farms on hiring, training and supervision practices. Full Story


10/2/2018 (The Progressive Farmer) – Ag Groups Respond to New North American Trade Deal

NMPF, IDFA and USDEC issued a joint statement thanking the Trump administration and Congress members for supporting dairy during USMCA negotiations. Full Story


10/1/2018 (Bloomberg) – Trump Clinches Rebranded NAFTA as Canada Joins Pact With Mexico

The United States and Canada reached a trade deal on Sunday, replacing NAFTA with the newly named United StatesMexico-Canada Agreement. Full Story