July 15 2017
We had a wake-up call about market risk when a number of Wisconsin and Minnesota farms lost their milk markets
April 25 2017
What will U.S. dairy farming be like in a half century? That was the focus of a topic I presented at the Tucker Endowed Lecture at Michigan State University this past March
Sept. 24 2015
"Boots on the ground" provide service The world's largest Mozzarella manufacturer became a local company halfway around the world by opening a business center in Singapore. by Hoard's Dairyman staff Leprino...
Sept. 9 2015
An in-depth USDA analysis sheds greater light into how four California federal order proposals would impact milk prices in the Golden State and beyond. by Scott Brown The author is a research assistant...
Sept. 9 2015
Next to Mexico, Southeast Asia represents the largest U.S. dairy export market. The good news is that a great deal more growth potential still exists. by Hoard's Dairyman staff Cheese sampling was a big...
Aug. 27 2015
What is our role as a major dairy exporter? In some instances, U.S. cost structures can cause us to be the world's balancing plant by Mark Stephenson The author is the director of dairy policy analysis...
July 29 2015
Rising world dairy prices and focused efforts by the American dairy industry grew international sales. by Mark Stephenson The author is the director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin....
Sept. 17 2014
We've had three years of farm bill debate and at least a couple of years prior to that when new dairy policy ideas were being developed by many concerned parties
Sept. 17 2014
Sign-up for the new safety net program enacted in the latest farm bill takes place from September 2 through November 28. Miss that deadline and your operation will forgo insurance coverage until 2016....
Aug. 28 2014
Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program to Begin Sept. 2 USDA Launches New Web Tool to Help Producers Manage Unforeseen Economic Challenges Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced...
Feb. 25 2014
Dairy producer attitudes towards margin insurance were revealed during a series of workshops across Missouri designed to teach producers to insure their margins. In the process, we learned that margin...
Feb. 19 2014
Real dairy history took place when the President signed the new farm bill into law this past February. That momentous shift included the elimination of three underperforming dairy programs. Gone are dairy...
Feb. 19 2014
The MILC or Milk Income Loss Contract program was the first program that recognized that a safety net program needed to incorporate feed costs. However, MILC payments only offset 45 percent of the milk...
Feb. 10 2013
California and Wisconsin account for 34 percent of the nation's milk. However, market forces impact milk checks differently. The dramatic upward runs in grain prices over the last 18 months have hampered...
April 25 2012
Flexibility and simplicity are major differences between USDA's LGM-D pilot project and NMPF's DPMPP protection proposal In 2010, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) developed and promoted a...
April 10 2012
Comparing crop insurance plans might give us more insight on how to develop a better structure to protect and insure dairy. Crop insurance programs date as far back as the 1930s, but today's extensive...
March 25 2012
USDA's pilot insurance project can provide insights into producer's demand for different levels of margin protection and the price they are willing to pay. Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle (LGM-D)...