May 13 2024
Dairy markets are known for their unpredictability, but we still rely on dairy economists to give their best forecasts as to what will come in the year ahead
April 25 2024
Futures prices indicate that 2024 could be the third-highest milk price year on record
April 15 2024
The April 1 deadline for interested parties to submit posthearing briefs summing up their arguments for changes to the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO) has passed
Feb. 12 2024
As the farm bill debate continues, examining how the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program has operated — particularly what has triggered payments under the program — is instructive
Jan. 18 2024
Unlike the swimmers who will be racing across the pool during the Olympics this summer, it appears U.S. milk prices are more likely to be bobbing in the water, at least through the first part of the year
Jan. 4 2024
No record milk prices were received by farmers in 2023, but like many grocery staples, retail milk prices climbed higher. In fact, the price for a gallon of milk reached a new high last year
July 27 2023
Global and domestic demand for dairy products remains weak amid slowing economic conditions
July 6 2023
Whether you’re milking cows in the U.S. or New Zealand, milk prices are sliding in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. In the world’s largest dairy exporting country, New Zealand, the...
June 5 2023
It’s the season that most people look forward to all year: school is out for summer, and temperatures are rising quickly
May 29 2023
When looking at the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program from USDA, we see that payments have been triggered for the first three months of 2023
April 3 2023
It turns out 2022 was a year for the dairy record books as mailbox milk prices posted a record $24.64 per hundredweight (cwt.). That value was 60 cents higher than the previous $24.04 watermark set in...
March 30 2023
Three years have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but there has been a very clear lesson learned regarding the need for risk management. While the tools used from one farm to the next may be different,...
Feb. 16 2023
For the past few weeks, we have been keeping our eye on one amazing cow that has far exceeded our production expectations
Nov. 1 2022
Labor costs more than just money on a farm. That can be positive while also challenging
Sept. 8 2022
Predicting future milk prices has become a precarious endeavor as of late. This holds true in both the United States and New Zealand
Sept. 6 2022
Being in sales can have a bad reputation, but I appreciate it as a chance to solve problems and provide value for customers
Aug. 18 2022
After being in a constant climb since May’s opening forecast, USDA economists shaved $1.65 off the agency’s All-Milk price projection for 2023
July 21 2022
New Zealand’s Global Dairy Trade (GDT) may be a harbinger of U.S. milk prices this coming fall and winter
June 2 2022
At $27.10 per hundredweight, dairy farmers received a record price for their milk in April 2022. This is the first time the All-Milk price pushed past either the $26 or the $27 threshold
May 30 2022
As I write this, prices for the rest of the year are north of $22 per hundredweight (cwt.). Yes, input costs are high, which cuts into that high price, but nevertheless, profit margins likely look goo