Milk production up 3.4% in November

Milk production in the United States totaled 16.5 billion pounds up 3.4 percent from November of last year. The U.S. dairy herd increased 82,000 head to 9.28 million cows and production per cow increased 42 pounds to average 1,782. In the 23 major dairy states, November production totaled 15.5 billion pounds up 3.5 percent from… Read more »

MPP signup deadline is Friday

A reminder the sign-up deadline for the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers is this Friday, December 19th.  U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the declining milk prices of the last few weeks has prompted producers to take another look at the program.  “I think people are beginning to realize the good prices we have… Read more »

Wisconsin Supreme Court will not consider raw milk case

Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger’s 2013 conviction for selling raw milk will be allowed to stand. Without explaining why, the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to consider Hershberger’s appeal of his conviction for violating a state holding order. Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection raided Hershberger’s Sauk County farm in 2010… Read more »

Increase in raw milk-related illnesses

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that as more states allow the sale of raw milk to consumers, more people are getting ill. The study, which will appear in the January issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases says the number of foodborne illnesses related to drinking unpasteurized… Read more »

2014 U.S. milk production estimate unchanged

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from USDA on Wednesday left the U.S. milk production estimate for 2014 unchanged at 206.2 billion pounds. If realized it would be a 5-billion-pound increase over 2013.  The Outlook Board reduced the 2015 estimate slightly to 212.2 billion pounds.  That is 100 million pounds less than last… Read more »

Fonterra reduces estimated farm gate price

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has cut its forecasted farm gate milk price for the current season to $4.70 per kilogram of milk solids (kgms). That is down 60-cents from the previous forecast and represents a $6.1 billion reduction in farm income compared to a year-ago. The co-op says the price combined with a previously-announced… Read more »

Organic group pursues national checkoff

The organic food industry plans to ask the USDA to establish the organic checkoff that was permitted under the 2014 farm bill. The effort is being led by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The group says the organic checkoff would be different from all other checkoff programs because it would cover a production process rather… Read more »

Welch steps down at AMPI

Ed Welch is stepping down as president and CEO of Associated Milk Producers Incorporated (AMPI) for personal reasons. Welch has been CEO since 2008 and has been with the co-op for more than 30 years. The AMPI Board of Directors will meet soon to determine their next step. Executive senior vice presidents Donn DeVelder and… Read more »

2015 MPP enrollment includes production bump

Friday, December 19 is now the deadline for dairy farmers to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP). Cameron Thraen, dairy policy specialist at Ohio State University says those signing up for 2015 coverage will receive a small increase in their production history. “If you do wait until next summer, or next September to sign-up… Read more »

MPP signup deadline extended

USDA is extending the deadline for enrollment in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) to December 19th.  Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this is a very hectic time of the year and “an additional two weeks may give producers the ability to learn more about the program.”  He says the recent decline in dairy prices and… Read more »