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Wisconsin searching for Cow of the Year

The Wisconsin Holstein Association is looking for nominations for the 2015 Wisconsin Cow of the Year, which will be proclaimed in September to represent the State of Wisconsin’s $26.5 billion dairy industry. To help celebrate Wisconsin Holstein Association’s 125th Anniversary, a Registered Holstein will be recognized at World Dairy Expo as this year’s Cow of the Year.

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Expected corn and soybean returns, county-by-county

Tomorrow's (March 31) release of USDA's Prospective Plantings report will focus attention on 2015 plantings of corn and soybean. Many expect corn acres to decrease and soybean acres to increase. Where acreage shifts could occur are examined by calculating 2015 expected corn minus soybean returns for counties in the United States. These projections suggest that shifts to soybeans are more likely outside the Corn Belt. Moreover, expected 2015 returns suggest smaller acreage shifts than in other recent years.

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January-February MPP-Dairy margin: $7.9955/cwt.

The national average MPP-Dairy milk margin was $7.6554/cwt. in February 2015. The January 2015 margin was $8.3357/cwt.; combined, the January-February MPP-Dairy pay period margin is $7.99554/cwt., less than 0.5¢/cwt below the $8/cwt. maximum insurable margin under the program.

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CWT assists with 4.1 million lbs. of cheese, butter export sales

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted 18 requests for export assistance to sell 3.976 million lbs. of cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese and 121,254 lbs. of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East and Central America.

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