Dave Natzke

ALERT: House passes Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill on a 251-166 vote on Wednesday morning. FULL STORY »

TAHC re-evaluating dairy cattle prohibition in two counties

Texas Animal Health Commission staff will conduct a bovine tuberculosis risk assessment in portions of El Paso and Hudspeth counties in the coming months, possibly paving the way to allow dairy cattle back in the area. FULL STORY »

Next LGM-Dairy policy sale is Jan. 31

The next Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy (LGM-Dairy) sales period begins Jan. 31, with insurable margins well above 3-, 5- and 10-year averages. FULL STORY »

Cold storage: Butter inventories shrink 

Dec. 31 butter stocks totaled 111.45 million lbs., down 8% from Nov. 30, and 27% less than December 2012, according to USDA’s Cold Storage report. FULL STORY »

On Wisconsin: Dairy drives ag income engine

Dairy led the way in terms of increasing Wisconsin total farm revenue in 2013. Gross milk sales in 2013 were a record $5.6 billion, about $400 million more than 2012. FULL STORY »

California Dairy Future Task Force update planned

California's Dairy Future Task Force working groups will provide progress reports to the full task force on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to the latest weekly newsletter from California's Milk Producers Council. FULL STORY »

Dairy CPI: Slight rise in December

Consumers saw retail dairy product prices climb slightly in December, according to unadjusted monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. FULL STORY »

FAO: International dairy, meat values higher in 2013

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index held steady in December 2013, with a sharp increase in dairy prices and firming meat values largely balancing out a steep decline in sugar quotations and lower cereal and oil prices. FULL STORY »

Farm Bill, dairy title face tight January schedule

While a break in the impasse in the 2014 Farm Bill’s dairy title has emerged, a lot of details still haven't. And, the schedule remains clouded by the Congressional calendar. FULL STORY »

Stephenson shares Wisconsin dairy outlook

While most signs point to a positive year for Wisconsin dairy producers, if improved economic conditions stimulate too much milk production, 2014 prices could be pressured lower, according to Mark Stephenson, director of the UW Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FULL STORY »

NMPF preparing for dairy title compromise

The head of the National Milk Producers Federation appears resigned to the fact a compromise is the only way to get dairy policy reform in a new federal Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

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