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FSA Administrator Announces Dairy Program Sign-Up Extension During Visit to TN Dairy

By Brenda Carlson, Public Affairs Specialist, FSA Ninety-seven percent of all U.S. dairy operations are family-owned and the Bernard Dairy in Orlinda, Tenn. is no exception. Joel Bernard, his brother Ashley, mom Linda, dad Danny and five grandkids keep the … Continue reading

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Application Deadline Extended for Dairy Margin Protection Program

The deadline for the Margin Protection Program for dairy has been extended to Dec. 19. The program protects participating dairy producers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below levels of … Continue reading

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USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

Dairy farmers now have more time to make a decision on the dairy Margin Protection Program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the deadline for the program has been extended until Dec. 5, 2014. “We want dairy producers … Continue reading

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FSA Loans Provide Boost to Young Farmers

Young people in their 20s and 30s are farming and the USDA Farm Service Agency is getting them started. Andy Birch, 27, put his dreams of owning a dairy farm on hold due to low wholesale milk prices throughout the … Continue reading

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Farmers Can Use New Web Tool to Determine Coverage for Dairy Protection Program

Farmers can now enroll in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program and use helpful Web tool to determine the right coverage. The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed … Continue reading

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Farmers Can Sign Up for New Dairy Protection Program Sept. 2; New Web Tool Helps Determine Coverage

Farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2. The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls below the coverage level selected … Continue reading

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College Grad Uses Beginning Farmer Loan to Start Dairy

After graduating from college, Jacob Shenk knew his family’s farm wasn’t large enough to support his return, so he worked on a neighbor’s farm for a few years. After that, he went out on his own. Shenk knew of a … Continue reading

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Americans Not Drinking Milk as Often as Their Parents

Milk consumption in the U.S. is changing. A report from the USDA Economic Research Service states Americans of all ages are drinking less milk. Differences between generations along with eating and drinking habits contribute to the trend. According to the … Continue reading

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Milk Production Surveys Make a Comeback

Milk production surveys are back. Beginning in October, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will resume the quarterly producer surveys that are used to forecast future milk supply. The surveys were suspended in April due to budget restraints caused by … Continue reading

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NASS to Provide Partial Milk Production Estimates

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service will provide partial estimates of U.S. milk production through the end of fiscal year 2013. Milk production is one element of the monthly Milk Production report that NASS suspended last month to meet sequestration … Continue reading

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