USDA Poised To Implement Dairy Import Assessment
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is close to implementing a tariff on dairy imports, after submitting on Monday a final rule for clearance to the Office of Management and Budget. If OMB and the U.S.Trade Representative's office approve the AMS regulation, as IDFA expects, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will begin a process to collect new assessments on imported dairy products and foods with dairy ingredients. Implementation could begin early in 2011, although USDA has not provided a timeline.

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Child Nutrition Bill Passes House, Heads To President To Become Law
ARLINGTON, VA – NMPF is applauding the House of Representatives for passing the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (S. 3307) Thursday by a vote of 264-157. The bill will go to President Obama to be signed into law.

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Two Minnesota Teens Arrested For String Of Calf Thefts
SCTimes.com reports two teens near St. Cloud, Minnesota have been arrested in connection to 17 calves stolen from Stearns, Todd and Douglas counties.

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5 Fire Crews Respond To Minnesota Dairy Barn Fire
New Richmond News Reports five fire departments responded to a calf barn which caught fire near Somerset, Minnesota later Thursday night.

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Commodity Prices Are Being Supported By Significant Foreign Demand
If your neighborhood stevedore seems a little tired this year, it is because he has been working harder than ever before. Agricultural exports have exploded upward according to the most recent USDA statistics, and it is a good thing they were updated. Fiscal 2011 exports are forecast at $126.5 billion. That is not only a record, but it is $13.5 billion higher than what USDA thought it would be as late as August! The prior high was set in 2008 and the 2011 exports will blow that out of the water by more than $11.5 billion.

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