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The North Dakota family farm on which I grew up didn't include dairy cows. Thank goodness. Beef cows and small grains, which we did have, held some appeal. Dairy cows had none, at least to me. We had ... Posted on 8/20/14 at 9:49 AM
The application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program has been extended until Dec. 19, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Dec. 4.
The program, established by the 2014 farm bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.
U.S. dairy groups said Sept. 29 they are concerned that provisions in the proposed European Union-Canadian free trade agreement on geographical indications (GIs) and reallocation of a portion of the World Trade Organization tariff rate quota for cheese to the EU will create trade barriers for American cheeses.
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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has moved to dampen fears among artisanal cheesemakers that it was poised to ban the practice of aging cheese on wooden boards.
The agency says it does not have a new policy ba
The National Milk Producers Federation, the nation’s largest association of dairy farmers, conceded on Jan. 16 that Congress will not pass the market stabilization program that is has sought as part of a new dairy program, and that the group must engage in discussions about alternatives.
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm Dec. 10 after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.
WASHINGTON — The probability that Congress and President Barack Obama will conclude a “fiscal cliff” bill to deal with the nation’s deficit, much less include a new farm bill in it, is low, but House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said he is not worried about whether a bill is passed before next year.
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HANFORD, Calif. — A nondescript building in the heart of California’s dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow.
Gosia Wozniacka and Tracie Cone
April 24, 2012
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