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U.S. dairy export forecast reduced

The value of fiscal year 2015 dairy exports is now expected to hit $5.8 billion, down $400 million from the May 2015 forecast, and down about $1.6 billion (22%) from the record-high FY ’14 total of $7.4 billion. If realized, it would be the lowest FY total since 2012.

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MPP-Dairy: It's insurance

Rob Vandenheuvel, General Manager, Milk Producers Council of California, discussed the upcoming MPP-Dairy enrollment deadline in MPC’s latest weekly newsletter.

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U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel prices decrease

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline decreased eight cents from the previous week to $2.64 per gallon on August 24, 2015, down 82 cents from the same time last year.

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Alfalfa seeding year management in Minnesota

With today's modern varieties that are capable of yielding 6 to 7 tons per acre and alfalfa hay prices ranging from 195 to 295 dollars per ton (Dan Martens, Sauk Centre Hay Auction, 2015), there is an incentive to develop management practices that not only improve seeding year management, but also optimize the total revenue stream.

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Estate Planning: How to get started

Daunting is one way to describe estate planning, said Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. "This is one reason farm families have avoided implementing a plan for their farms and families," said Gessner.

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