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USDA proposes changes to Dairy Import Licensing Program

USDA announced a public comment period on proposed changes to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program.

USDA uses import licensing to administer the tariff-rate quota system for U.S. imports of dairy products.

The three most significant changes to the rule would be to:

• suspend the historical license reduction provision for an additional seven years. It currently expires with the beginning of quota year 2016.

• modify procedures for collecting licensing fees

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AABP: Reuters’ article inaccurately portrays antibiotic use decisions by veterinarians

In an article published by news agency Reuters, the ethics and professionalism of food animal veterinarians, their relationship with animal health companies and their use of antibiotics for their clients’ livestock was called into question, according to a press release from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ (AABP).

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Dairy markets: Down the chimney

After four consecutive corrective sessions that saw nearby Class III contracts recover from fresh lows, the market collapsed under the weight of a bearish Cold Storage report for cheese, a lower spot session, and technical failure at resistance levels that brought the bears out in earnest.

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DCHA conference: Connect with the Best

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) will host its annual conference March 31-April 1, at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wis.

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DHM Southeast: Southern Dairy Conference is Jan. 20-21

The 41st Annual Southern Dairy Conference is Jan. 20-21, at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport/Millennium Center, Atlanta, Ga.

This program is planned and presented to focus on issues and opportunities affecting the Southern U.S. dairy industry.

Program topics and presenters include:

• U.S. Dairy Situation and Outlook, Bob Cropp, University of Wisconsin

Markets

Dairy markets: Digesting USDA’s Cold Storage report

The market opened weaker despite a USDA milk production report deemed “bullish” in comparison to market expectations. Overnight prices are down 10¢ to 25¢ on a bearish Cold Storage report for cheese released after the market close yesterday.

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