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Corn closes strongly lower again on Wednesday

Corn futures closed sharply lower on Wednesday. The market was pressured by favorable weather for crop development is forecast for the Corn Belt over the next couple of weeks. FULL STORY »

CME spot prices supported, but mostly quiet Monday

Class III activity was moderate Monday with 767 contracts traded. While prices started off the morning mostly lower, Class III futures from June through October jumped after spot session which saw blocks hold steady at 2.11, while barrels were bid up ¼ cent. FULL STORY »

Cautious consumers could see lower prices ahead

Consumers are spending cautiously in the face of still-high gasoline and grocery-store prices and restraining the economy's growth. FULL STORY »

Market worry seems to be waning

Class III activity was very light Friday to end an active week. With just a lone offer in the blocks, and the spot markets each closing unchanged, futures seemed to lack much of a direction. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Are we our own problem?

As I was searching the internet this week, I came across a blog post by Food Mommy. The post was titled: Agriculture’s worst enemies may be farmers. I had never run across this particular blogger before and the title piqued my interest as I have this same thought quite frequently. FULL STORY »

Cheese shaking loose at CME?

Yesterday’s trading activity felt very light despite a total of 1,195 trades. The fact that July accounted for nearly half of the total volume with 490 trades likely accounts for that feeling of a quiet trade. FULL STORY »

Spot market buoyed Class III on Wednesday

With the newly arrived sharp discount between the spot and futures markets, Class III contracts opened slightly higher yesterday and traded steady to 25 higher into the spot session. When both blocks and barrels moved up on bids alone futures seemingly had little choice but to follow along. The rally once again suffered from a softer butter market but futures were still able to post gains of 10 to 45 cents through the 2011 months as volume was once again strong with 1,706 contracts traded. FULL STORY »

Class III futures fall

Class III futures fell precipitously Tuesday amid dwindling confidence that CME spot cheese prices will maintain their lofty perch for a protracted period of time. After opening mixed, light selling pressure pushed 2011 prices slightly lower ahead of the CME spot session. FULL STORY »

Dairy Research Institute receives $1.1 million conservation grant

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a $1.1 million Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Dairy Research Institute™ (formerly known as Dairy Science Institute, Inc.), an affiliate of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®. The funding will support the development of a Dairy Farm Stewardship Toolkit for dairy producers to evaluate their production techniques and identify potential improvements in management practices. These improvements could increase profitability or reduce costs on the farm. FULL STORY »

Block cheese at 3-year high; butter softens again

As was the case last week, Class III futures and the spot market continued to see their gap widen Monday. With $2.11 block cheese, futures seem rather exhausted and content to now trade a discount to spot after the recent sharp rally. With blocks up 6 cents and barrels up 9, futures settled mixed with June through August up 4 to 17 cents and September through December down 5 to 14. FULL STORY »

Use the right terms

How do you record lameness events on your dairy? The terms you use make a big difference, as well as the uniformity of term usage between you and your hoof trimmer. FULL STORY »

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