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2018 Farm Bill Comparison Between House and Senate
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Statement on FDA to Prioritize Review of Standards of Identity for Dairy Products
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What to Know about Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance

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Established in 1971, Family Dairies USA has earned its reputation in the Midwest as being the premier dairy cooperative for delivering its supply of milk to markets in the surrounding area. Family Dairies ability to market its milk to a number of unique quality plants allows it to ship to all four classes of milk! This flexibility allows Family Dairies USA to provide a strong consistent pay price to its patrons.

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Dairy Forward Pricing Program Reauthorized with 2018 Farm Bill Passage

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Dairy Forward Pricing Program is reauthorized, once again allowing proprietary plants who offer forward pricing to not pay minimum Federal Order prices for farmers’ pooled milk. “The Dairy Forward Pricing Program is a valuable program, providing dairy farmers the opportunity to mitigate their risk with forward contracts. This program allows proprietary plants to do this the same as a cooperative except for Class I milk handlers,” says Jeff Lyon, general manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. With the president’s signature today, the Dairy Forward Pricing Program is in effect beginning January 1, 2019. Forward contracts made during the life of this new Farm Bill cannot extend beyond September 30, 2026.

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FarmFirst on Selection of Brad Pfaff as DATCP Secretary

“I have had a long and positive working relationship with Brad, early in this career as a legislative staffer for Representative Ron Kind, and later as the Congressmen’s district director and as head of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Wisconsin,” said Jeff Lyon, General Manager for FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “His agricultural background and experience in managing the State FSA will serve him well as the head of DATCP.” “Brad has a history of working with all groups for the betterment of agriculture,” according to Lyon, “He understands the importance of animal health, food safety, ag resource management and agriculture’s role as an economic driver in the state.”

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FarmFirst Disappointed in Trade Mitigation Payment Level; Request Retaliatory Tariffs Be Lifted

“FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative was hopeful that the administration would heed our concerns for these trade mitigation payments to more accurately reflect the costs dairy farmers are experiencing due to this trade war. However, we acknowledge their effort to help offset these losses. We ask that the administration quickly resolve the trade conflict that exists between U.S. trading partners, China and Mexico, and quickly lift the retaliatory tariffs currently in place as they continue to challenge dairy markets. With the anticipated passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, we are confident we are headed into the right direction to make some meaningful reforms that will positively impact dairy farmers for 2019.”

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