By Anne Alonzo, Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator
In August, AMS Administrator Anne L. Alonzo toured two Wisconsin dairy farms and saw first-hand how USDA Ag Marketing Service programs benefit dairy operations. At Rosendale Dairy they even named a calf after her.
The U.S. dairy industry applauded a commitment to stronger protections for common food names resulting from just-concluded trade talks with China.
The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.
S&W Seed Company will acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa germplasm, as well as alfalfa production and research facility assets, with the first portion of the sale effective Dec. 31. A total purchase price of up to $49 million will be paid over a period of several years.
As part of the transaction, S&W Seed Company will acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa assets at DuPont Pioneer locations in Nampa, Idaho, and Arlington, Wis., and will extend offers of employment to alfalfa research and production employees.
Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted seven requests for export assistance to sell 1.056 million lbs. of cheddar, Colby-Jack and Gouda cheese to customers in Asia and the South Pacific. Bids were accepted from CWT-member cooperatives Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Tillamook County Creamery Association. The product will be delivered December 2014 through June 2015.
Nationally, November milk production was estimated at 16.54 billion lbs., up 3.4% from November 2013, according to USDA’s monthly report, released Dec. 19. Early reports from marketers say the report is somewhat bullish for milk prices.
Review of the new long range climate outlooks released today from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center indicate that the wide variability in temperature swings of fall and winter are likely to continue; and the potential for a weak El Niño lingers, explained Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist.
By Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf, and Dwight D. Raab, University of Illinois
Higher milk prices were not enough to offset higher costs resulting in total economic costs exceeding returns for Illinois dairy producers in 2013, according to figures summarized by University of Illinois agricultural economists in cooperation with the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association.