Butter keeping dairy farmers afloat

An ag economist says increased milkfat consumption is helping to keep dairy farmers in business. Peter Vitaliano with National Milk Producers Federation tells Brownfield butter has been a huge driver for farmers’ milk prices.  “By my calculations, last December and November butter alone determined about a little over two-thirds of farmers’ total milk checks.” He… Read more »

The dairy Margin Protection Program is paying for some farmers

An ag economist says some dairy farmers that signed up for the dairy Margin Protection Program should see a return on their investment soon. Peter Vitaliano with National Milk Producers Federation tells Brownfield the March margin for dairy farmers was one of the lowest it’s been since the insurance program began.  “Things are heading lower… Read more »

Dannon makes sweeping supply goals

Yogurt giant Dannon says it will source milk from dairy farmers that use non-GMO feed and will have GMO labeling on all its products nationwide by the end on 2017. As part of a sweeping plan announced this week, Dannon said it would use more sustainable sources for its products and fewer synthetic and GMO… Read more »

Peterson says dairy program doesn’t work

Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson says the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) created in the 2014 farm bill isn’t working. “We’ve had discussions now, I have, with National Milk and some of the other leaders about looking at an $8 sweet spot and maybe raising the guarantee at the bottom that you don’t have to pay… Read more »

Tractor deaths in Michigan increasing

A preliminary report from Michigan State University says tractor-related deaths in the state doubled last year. The Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program says agriculture and construction industries had the most fatalities in 2015, both with 25, and the transportation industry had 19 on-the-job deaths. Overall, the group says agriculture fatalities have increased when… Read more »

Dairy groups support trade deals addressing agriculture, dairy needs

Dairy industry groups support a letter from senators that urges U.S. negotiators to address the needs of agriculture, including dairy issues, in free trade agreements with the European Union. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (FRO-man), 26 bi-partisan senators noted that U.S. agriculture exports to the EU are shrinking because of both… Read more »

NRCS reports huge results from conservation programs

The Natural Resources Conservation Service says investments in conservation systems by farmers and ranchers is making a difference for wildlife. NRCS Chief Jason Weller told farm broadcasters Tuesday the past 18 months has been historic for the country’s wildlife.  “We’re starting to see huge changes in the landscape in terms of wildlife populations, in particularly for… Read more »

Export forecasts developed by Michigan Department of Agriculture

Recently released export analysis reports from the Michigan Department of Agriculture help identify emerging market opportunities for key segments of the state’s food and agriculture industry. Jamie Zmitko-Somers is with the international marketing program, “Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Korea—are some of the markets that have some opportunities going forward certainly as their middle classes… Read more »

Farmer input requested on Michigan’s voluntary environmental program

This is the last week for farmers to respond to a statewide survey on Michigan’s voluntary assurance program. Scott Lonier was first verified with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in 2010 and is currently serving as the program’s incentives taskforce chairman. He tells Brownfield the survey is for all farmers to share their… Read more »

Expect dairy prices to remain under pressure

A dairy analyst says he expects continued price pressure in the dairy market, but the U.S. is faring better than global averages. Tom Bailey with Rabobank tells Brownfield slumped exports, increasing production and increasing imports are oversupplying the U.S. market.  “The U.S. has maintained a premium to the international market thanks to our performance of the… Read more »