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WOTUS challenges mount

Now that the federal waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has been finalized with publication in the Federal Register, agricultural and other groups are gaining insight on what the rule will mean once it takes effect on Aug. 28—and planning both legal and legislative challenges to its implementation.

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May powder shipments strong, but other exports falter

U.S. dairy exporters moved good volumes of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) and whey products in May, but struggled to maintain sales of other products, according to USDEC’s latest trade data report.

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Dunn: July dairy outlook

Pennsylvania dairy farmers saw milk income over feeds costs (IOFC) improve in June, according to the latest Dairy Outlook report from Jim Dunn, Penn State University dairy economist. However, falling milk prices and, especially important, perhaps less home-produced feed due to the difficulty harvesting hay, are a bad combination.

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What is Johne's disease costing you?

Johne’s disease, also called paratuberculosis, is caused by Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and results in inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall that negatively affects absorption of nutrients and overall performance of cattle worldwide.

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Store harvested forages by cutting date or hybrid type for most efficent use

Much of the country has finished up first cut alfalfa and grass hay or silage. At Miner Institute we have received almost daily rainfall, resulting in challenging conditions for our farm crew to finish up the first cut on our hay crop forage for silage. Soon enough though, the farm crew will begin harvesting second cut.

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