DairyHerdNetwork Top Stories: High Feed Prices, Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

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Surviving Another Round Of High Feed Prices For Dairy

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January Could Be Important For Crop Prices
The USDA made relatively few changes in the projections of U.S. and world crop supply and consumption in the December report. Some had expected larger changes, particularly for U.S. corn, but there was no basis for that expectation.

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President Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Of 2010 Into Law
"Today is a great day for kids throughout our country as they will soon have healthier, and more nutritious food in their schools. As we continue to focus on the twin issues of childhood obesity and hunger, we will increase access to good, quality meals in school cafeterias so the nutritional needs of our youngsters are better met. The President and First Lady have advocated strongly for passing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and, this bill, along with the resources and the powers provided under it, are going to allow USDA to be much more effective and aggressive in responding to obesity and hunger challenges for America's kids."

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Dairy Farm Begins On Plans For $16 Million Methane Digester
The East Oregonian reports Threemile Canyon Farms will build a $16 million methane digester and power plant under its subsidiary, TMF Biofuels.

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An Analysis Of U.S. Household Dairy Demand
The measurement of the economic effects of food prices and consumer incomes on the demand for foods derived from agricultural products is important in economic analysis. Consumers allocate spending among a wide array of competing products sold at retail outlets across the country. In this technical study, the authors estimate how fluctuation in prices and household expenditures, as well as a number of demographic characteristics, affect household demand for 12 dairy products and margarine. These empirical estimates offer a glimpse of relationships among the 13 product categories—including ways that consumers use some of the products together or interchangeably— which are of interest to many in the U.S. dairy industry.

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