Tom Quaife

Good news: Milk prices projected up, corn prices down

The USDA has added 25 cents to its estimate for milk prices this year. FULL STORY »

Milk-feed ratio shows slight improvement

Still in bad shape, but maybe poised for a rebound. That describes the preliminary August milk-feed ratio of 1.35, released Friday afternoon by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

Happy Cows 1, PETA 0

Friday, the Sacramento Superior Court for the State of California denied PETA’s claims that the promotional messages are false and misleading. FULL STORY »

Dairy cow slaughter is definitely up

A substantially higher number of dairy cows went to slaughter in July than the same month a year earlier, an indication that high feed costs are causing some herds to liquidate. FULL STORY »

Milk production up in July despite the heat

It was the hottest July on record for many parts of the United States, but that didn’t stop milk production from increasing 0.7 percent from the same month a year earlier. FULL STORY »

Milk, grain prices projected up in this morning’s USDA report

Perhaps the most startling number in the whole mix: The average price of corn for the year beginning Sept. 1, 2012, will be between $7.50 and $8.90 per bushel, the USDA says. That is significantly higher than the $5.40 to $6.40 range predicted just a month ago. FULL STORY »

Could GOP inaction on farm bill set up another Dewey vs. Truman?

A top Republican is concerned that a replay of the Truman-Dewey election of 1948 could occur because leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives seems intent on bottling up debate on the farm bill until after November’s election. FULL STORY »

One last gasp for milk production increases?

With heat and drought taking its toll on dairy farms, the June report could be the last time a milk production increase is shown. FULL STORY »

Boehner’s ‘Soviet-style dairy program’ comment draws response

Things could get interesting for dairy policy once the House Agriculture Committee version of the Farm Bill makes it to the House floor. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Is dairy production good for society?

If you ask 10 different people to define what “sustainability” means, you will get 10 different answers. FULL STORY »

Finally, milk prices projected higher

After five months of downward revisions, there is an uptick in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s predictions for 2012 milk prices. FULL STORY »

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