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It's always been about dairy producers and their cows.  
As it should be.

Established in 2013, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative was created out of a deep dairy heritage that always put members first. Today, that farmer focus remains. Whether it's verifying test results, offering leadership opportunities or keeping you up-to-date on legislative issues, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative works hard to provide quality service, fair representation and timely information for its members. We're member-owned. Member-driven. Member-focused. Because at the end of a long, hard day, what matters most are the people that are standing by you, and your farm.

We're there. That's FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.

USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn, Soybean Production in 2016

Both U.S. corn and soybean growers are expected to harvest record-high crops this year, according to the Crop Production report issued Aug. 12 by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). U.S. corn production is forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, while soybean growers are expected to harvest 4.06 billion bushels in 2016. Aided by excellent field conditions, corn growers are expected to increase their production by 11 percent from the 2015 harvest. Average corn yield is forecast at 175.1 bushels per acre, setting a new record-high. NASS forecasts record-high yields in 10 of the largest corn-producing states, including Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. Acres planted to corn, at 94.1 million, remain unchanged from NASS’ previous estimate...

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China Plans to Raise Scale, Quality of Dairy Sector

China will work to raise the scale and quality of its dairy sector in a bid to boost local consumption and rural employment, the country's agriculture minister said in remarks published on Monday. Han Changfu told a weekend conference that China's dairy sector is not currently fulfilling its potential, with per capita dairy consumption rates only a third of the global average and only half the average across Asia. China currently has more than 1 million dairy farmers, 10 million dairy cows and several hundred dairy enterprises, but despite rapid growth in recent years, the industry was "big but not strong", Han said.

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U.S. Lawmakers Seek Canadian Dairy Policy Investigation

Two U.S. lawmakers representing major U.S. dairy states, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), have called on Obama Administration leaders to review new Canadian trade policies they say will hurt the U.S. dairy industry. In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman, the senators urged an investigation into whether the policies violate U.S.-Canadian trade agreements. Schumer and Baldwin expressed concern about Canada's National Ingredients Strategy and its already active Ontario Class VI pricing program...

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