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Two California ‘Class 4b’ formula alternatives offered

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.

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Simple solutions for the greater good

A food bank and dairy partnered to create the Milk 2 My Plate program, which ensures a fresh supply of milk is available to the families who rely on the food pantry to make ends meet.

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Helpful tips for scouting alfalfa insects

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.

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EC report rejects mandatory dairy COOL

While a bill to repeal U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements on meat moves through Congress, a rmove to make COOL requirements on European Union (EU) dairy mandatory has been rejected.

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UMN hay update: May 7 hay auction, field data, and more

Some fields have moved forward from winter Injury and some are declining still. Slicing roots on some shorter plants with fewer roots might show more serious browning throughout the root or crown. Plants from a late summer seeding might not be producing a lot of stems yet, and slicing roots might show healthy color.

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Dairy markets: A resilient market

Despite Class III and Cheese under pressure, a strong dollar and lack of exports, healthy seasonal milk supplies and school closings, this market has proven resilient time and time again.

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WUD’s Mendonsa provides habitat for 15,000 Tricolored Blackbirds

Frank Mendonsa, a dairy farmer in Tipton, Calif., and the president of Western United Dairymen, was recognized for his significant contributions to protecting two colonies of the California emergency-listed Tricolored Blackbird.

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