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USDA outlook: Cow numbers, milk production expected to climb

Expectations of continued moderate feed prices and higher milk prices reinforce the expectation of a U.S. dairy herd expansion this year, according to USDA’s monthly Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook report, issued Jan. 16. FULL STORY »

Groups make case for dairy in 2015 Dietary Guidelines

U.S. dairy producer and processor groups this week urged a scientific advisory panel working on the next round of federal dietary guidelines to keep the recommendation of three daily servings of dairy products for most Americans, since dairy products are the No. 1 source of nine key nutrients. FULL STORY »

Dairy policy impasse broken?

Signs are there may be a compromise on dairy policy included in the federal Farm Bill, although specific details remain sketchy as talks continued into Wednesday evening. FULL STORY »

Dairy groups welcome TPA introduction

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) welcomed the introduction of the Trade Priorities Act (TPA) of 2014. FULL STORY »

Storms reduced ethanol output, too

Last week’s widespread winter storm may not only have impacted your milk pickups, but it was likely a major factor in the notable drop in ethanol production, according to Geoff Cooper, with the Renewable Fuels Association. FULL STORY »

Price impacts: RCAUs, forage supplies

On Jan. 14, USDA released it's monthly Feed Outlook report, providing some insights on the demand and cost sides of the hay and forage equation. FULL STORY »

Ag leaders ask for public support to meet imminent challenges

Public investment in agricultural research has declined in the past three years, leading current and former USDA officials to question the role of the U.S. in meeting growing world food demands. FULL STORY »

2013 weather: Wet but not necessarily wild

Despite its extreme weather events, 2013 was relatively tame compared to past years. FULL STORY »

USDA milk price forecast

USDA’s World Ag Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released last week, adjusted preliminary 2013 dairy product and milk prices to reflect December data, and revised 2014 price forecasts. FULL STORY »

Fewer youth injured on farms, but…

Federal data show that while fewer youth were hurt in agricultural accidents in 2012, the injury rate among children younger than 10 nearly doubled. FULL STORY »

Corn and hay stocks increase significantly

The feed outlook has brightened considerably from a year ago, helping contribute to the recent rise in calf and feeder-cattle value. The January Feed Outlook report from USDA estimates 2013 corn and hay production somewhat lower than previous forecasts, but well above last-year’s totals. FULL STORY »

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