Two alternative proposals to California's Class 4b milk pricing formula have been received in preparation for a June public hearing. The proposals – one from a producer coalition and the other from a processor organization – adjust the “whey factor” in the formula, but in different ways and to different degrees.
By Phil Kaatz, Michigan State University Extension
As forage producers approach first cutting in 2015, they should consider their scouting program and prepare for challenges that may occur as a result of any or all of the following: insect pressure, disease outbreaks or fertility deficiencies. This initial article will be part one of a three-part series and will address major insect pests for alfalfa and some management practices producers may choose to incorporate into their management system.
The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken. The panel amended the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, on a 38-6 vote. While repealing the labeling requirements on beef, pork and chicken, it leaves intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.