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Study finds the dairy farmers care for animals

A National Milk Producers Federation report indicates dairy farmers continue to adopt high-quality animal care. Federation spokesman Chris Galen says the report quantifies the practices of farmers participating in the industry’s National Dairy FARM Program – Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. “The FARM Program is about continuous improvement, it’s not about trying to flunk people out... Read more »

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Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations.... Read more »

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Cash cheese drops

Cheese prices dropped on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday.  Barrels lost 8 cents while blocks fell 21.25 cents.  A couple of uncovered offers setting the prices.  Cash butter lost 9 cents.  Class III futures responded accordingly with November losing 73 cents, December dropped 57 cents and January fell 44 cents. Milk production is strong... Read more »

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Another strong session for soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. China bought another 118,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans and it was a strong week for export sales numbers. That new sale to China followed up on Wednesday’s purchase of more than 400,000 tons. Harvest forecasts look mixed, with more rain in some areas. Soybean meal and... Read more »

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USDA funds rural water system improvements

The USDA is providing more than $350 million in loans and grants for rural water and wastewater system upgrades to help ensure access to clean water. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the initiative today (Thursday) at a speech in Anchorage, Alaska.  In making the announcement, Vilsack said the projects are critical to address the... Read more »

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