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Milk price drop brings concerns in Minnesota dairy country
After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash. Milk prices have dropped by more than one-third since last fall. China, a major American milk importer the past few years, is projected to slash imports this year by about $1 billion. And next month, the European Union will lift production caps on its farmers so they can produce as much milk as they want.
Friday, March, 20, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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US dairy insurance plan a template for reluctant livestock farmers
A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices could become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance.
Tuesday, April, 22, 2014 - - News

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Enrollment begins Sept. 2 for Dairy Margin Protection Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will open enrollment for the dairy Margin Protection Program on Sept. 2. The new program was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and aims to address volatility in the dairy marketplace, providing dairy farmers with a safety net when margins, the difference between milk prices and feed, fall below the farmer’s coverage level.
Thursday, August, 28, 2014 - - News

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Farm bill is good fit for region's dairies
Dairy farmers have until Nov. 28 to sign up for the new Margin Protection Program under the new federal farm bill.
Monday, October, 06, 2014 - Agweek - News

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IDFA president calls for more changes to dairy policy
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Less than a year after the 2014 farm bill became law, International Dairy Foods Association President and CEO Connie Tipton on Jan. 25, called for more changes to the dairy program.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farm bill brings changes
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Among changes found within the new farm bill, the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers, is an important new safety net.
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - - News

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Farm bill brings new programs
The passage of the farm bill in February marks the largest shift in U.S. dairy policy in the past 70 years. The legislation represents a radical departure from dairy price supports and reliance on government.
Monday, April, 21, 2014 - - News

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Upper Midwest milk producers remain upbeat
Linda Hanson and her family are part of the Upper Midwest dairy industry and could play a larger role in what the industry hopes will be a bigger, better future. Linda and her husband, Mike, who operate a 60-head dairy operation near Goodrich, Minn., in the northwest corner of the state, are evaluating whether to build a new, high-tech milking facility. One of their three sons already is involved in their diversified farm, and the two younger sons are interested in coming back, too.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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ND eyes dairy turnaround
North Dakota officials are fine-tuning plans for an upcoming conference on revitalizing the state’s long-declining dairy industry.
Monday, November, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farmers tighten tap on production
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Farmers in New Zealand, the world’s largest dairy exporter, are reining in milk production as a flood of supply from Europe and the U.S. pummels prices, a sign the “white gold” rush that has fuelled the New Zealand economy for years is over.
Monday, December, 15, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Price volatility predicted in corn, soybeans
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Expect volatility in the soybean and corn markets over the next five years, says Pat Westhoff, director of the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
Monday, March, 31, 2014 - - News

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Choosing alternative feedstuffs in today's market
Despite lower feed costs in recent months, declining farm-gate prices for milk will have dairy farm managers sharpening their feed-planning pencils in search of cost-effective rations for 2015.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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More than half of US dairy farms enroll in MPP, ND farmer arrested with help of drone to get new trial, Bill would remove federal protection of wolves, CFTC rule prevents shortened margin call deadline and Robinson wins national potato honor.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - - News

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Weather, prices, farm bill, rail delays are top stories in regional ag
No two years are the same in Upper Midwest agriculture, but 2014 brought some familiar issues and concerns. Erratic weather, improving technology, plunging grain prices, frustration with the railroads and political events in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere — all old acquaintances of area farmers and ranchers — popped up again.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Plunging grain prices prompt growing interest in raising both crops and livestock
FOSSTON, Minn. — Like most area farmers who raise crops, the Landsverk family is hurt by falling grain prices. Unlike many of their fellow farmers, however, the Landsverks have a safety net. They run an organic dairy operation, and their milk income cushions declining grain sales.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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