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German food exports to China surge 47 pct in first half

German food exports to China rose almost 47 percent in the first half of this year, the Federal Association of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) said on Monday, despite a slowdown in Chinese economic growth.

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Fans welcome return of Blue Bell ice cream to Texas, Alabama

Fans of Blue Bell ice cream celebrated the return of the popular brand on Monday in parts of Texas and Alabama, four months after it was withdrawn from the market after being linked to cases of Listeria, three of them fatal.

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High-tech, precise expectations

With new technological advancements stretching from the parlor to "the cloud," managers can not only focus on individual cows, but do it in increments of minutes, or even seconds.

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July MPP-Dairy margin is $7.45/cwt.; 2016 enrollment closes Sept. 30

Depending on what happens next month, dairy farmers insuring margins at the second-highest tier under the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) might even see a small indemnity payment. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a July 2015 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) margin of $7.44659/cwt.

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Arla expects depressed milk market to improve in 2016

Global milk prices, depressed by oversupply, should start to pick up at the beginning of 2016 partly because supply in China will ease, the head of one of Europe's biggest dairy companies, Arla Foods, said on Monday.

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July milk prices maintain narrow range

U.S. average all-milk prices continued a five-month stretch within a 30¢/cwt. range, according to the USDA/NASS Ag Prices report. USDA estimated the July 2015 U.S. average all-milk price at $16.60/cwt., down 30¢ from June, and $6.70 (29%) less than July 2014.

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Zoonotic disease detectives

Georgia 4-H is piloting an educational series aimed at teaching children how to help prevent the spread of animal diseases like swine flu, salmonella, E. coli and rabies.

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