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Commentary: Dairy industry pioneer thwarted by regulations

When it comes to dairy industry pioneers, one probably thinks of Stephen Babcock who developed the butterfat test that was the basis for DHIA testing, Gail Borden who received the first patent for condensed milk, or even Louis Pasteur who invented pasteurization and is considered to be the first person to discover that bacteria causes food spoilage and disease. John Fiscalini might not be as famous as these pioneers. But, when it comes to renewable energy, he is paving the way for the dairy industry. He started down this path because he believes in the future of renewable energy and dairy digesters. FULL STORY »

Class III futures edge higher

Wednesday was marked by heavier trading volume for Class III, with more than 1,400 contracts trading hands in a modestly higher trade. While price strength was more pronounced in the September through November contracts due to strength in the dry whey market and, perhaps, a meager attempt to narrow the massive monthly spreads, the lion’s share of trading — 581 contracts — was reserved for the July contract. FULL STORY »

Block cheese unchanged at $2.13

The Class III market was active early, but took on the tone of the quiet spot market yesterday afternoon, failing to eclipse the 1K mark, trading just 954 contracts on the day. The market rallied sharply early on, led by July to Oct prior to the spot session. FULL STORY »

Cheese vendors on NY rules: No whey!

Dairy farmers who sell hand-crafted cheese at New York farmer's markets say the state is taking the art and the ease out of artisanal cheese. FULL STORY »

Class III posts modest gains

Still at a discount, Class III futures kicked off the last week of June on a stronger note as futures edged higher on 1,125 contracts. Follow-through buying from Friday, along with a reluctant push to narrow the margin between spot and futures, were the primary fundamental reasons for Monday’s advance in the nearby months. FULL STORY »

Stable spot market boosts July/August futures

There was surprising buy side strength in Class III to close the week last week. An offer took a while to make its way into the spot market Friday, but it was the first action. FULL STORY »

Broad-based commodity weakness Thursday; dairy futures decline

Class III prices couldn’t stand up in front of another unchanged cheese spot session — you’ve got to feed the bull to keep him alive; he hasn’t eaten in a while now. FULL STORY »

Commentary: It’s a small world, after all

Most days, I revel in the smallness of our ever-increasingly digital world. I can chat in real-time online with my sister who lives more than 400 miles away from me, discover answers to burning (or inane) questions, rediscover friends I’ve misplaced over the years, and watch the news from the other side of the world, all without leaving the comfort of my home. I can be entertained, updated, informed or mis-informed in seconds. FULL STORY »

Poll: Are you ready for a visit by OSHA inspectors?

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Butter prices fall ahead of bearish cold storage report

Class III prices traded light volume, failing to reach the 1k mark in volume yesterday, as just 850 trades occurred and prices were lower across the board from July 2011 all the way out to June 2012. FULL STORY »

Cal/OSHA sweeping California Central Valley

A report this week from the Stanislaus County (Calif.) Farm Bureau indicates that Cal/OSHA is out in full force conducting its Heat Illness Prevention sweeps. A press release from Cal/OSHA confirms that it will be stepping up enforcement this summer. FULL STORY »

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