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Active weather pattern underway
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:58:26 +0000
Active weather pattern underway

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm system. Some light precipitation, mainly a mix of rain and snow, is overspreading the westernmost Corn Belt, including the Dakotas.

On the Plains, precipitation—a mix of snow, freezing rain, and rain—is falling in parts of Montana and the Dakotas. In stark contrast, an early-season heatwave is underway across the central and southern High Plains, where Friday’s high temperatures could top 90° as far north as southwestern Kansas.

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Cheese makers award scholarships
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:33:39 +0000
Cheese makers award scholarships

Fifteen thousand dollars has been awarded to students pursuing an education that will help them in the dairy industry.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association named Jamie Feldmann of Sartori Cheese Company, Alesha Radke of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Mary McClure from IFM Efector Inc., Audrey Medrano from Yamato Corporation, and Andrew Bargender from A&B Process Systems with scholarships, funded by the Championship Cheese Auction.

All of the students are working while pursuing college degrees that will help them advance in the dairy industry.

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CURD Act introduced to legally define “natural cheese”
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:00:30 +0000

Curd Act-Final Bill Language

A group of Washington D.C. lawmakers has proposed a legal definition of the term “natural cheese.”  It’s called the CURD Act, or Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act, and is meant to help consumers differentiate between natural cheese and processed cheese products.  It would also allow cheesemakers to continue using the term “natural cheese” on the labels of their traditionally-made cheeses.

Dave Carlin with the International Dairy Foods Association says the Food and Drug Administration’s “natural” labeling claims describe specific attributes of a food’s ingredients, which is different than defining a category of food such as “natural cheese.”

The CURD Act was introduced by Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and backed by Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Jim Risch of Idaho, and Representatives Billy Long of Missouri, and Wisconsin Representatives Ron Kind, Glenn Grothman, Sean Duffy and Mike Gallagher.

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CWT assists large butter & cheese export sales
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:41:55 +0000
CWT assists large butter & cheese export sales

Cooperatives Working Together is helping with another large export purchase.

A total of 17 orders totaling more than a thousand metric tons of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 100 metric tons of butter will be sent to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East between now and the end of June.

The products are coming from the Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), Tillamook County Creamery Association and United Dairymen of Arizona.

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Potential trade wars drive hog, cattle futures lower
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:35:28 +0000
Potential trade wars drive hog, cattle futures lower

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the week with triple-digit losses.  While China did not announce tariffs on US beef products, the fear of trade wars pressured all markets today.  Technical selling also contributed to the day’s losses.  The Cattle on Feed report was bearish and was released following Friday’s close, that could be traded on Monday, however, some of that may already be priced in, with contracts priced significantly lower than recent direct cash business. 

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Farm families receive Hoosier Homestead Award
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:24:12 +0000
Farm families receive Hoosier Homestead Award

Funke farms has been owned by the same family for more than 150 years.

Karen White says the southern Indiana farm was started by her grandfather Otto Funke in 1867.

“After my father passed, my brother farmed it and he has since passed,and his son farmed it and has since passed,” she says. “So now my great nephew farms it.”

Her family was one of 65 families to receive the Hoosier Homestead award today.

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CME dairy markets mostly down Friday
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:17:18 +0000

The dairy markets were mostly down at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday.  

Class Three milk for March was unchanged at $14.21 a hundredweight.  April was down $.08 at $14.23. May was down $.11 to $14.19. June was down $.11 to 14.62.  Milk futures from July through next March were all down from two to six cents.

Butter was the only commodity that went up in Friday’s trading session.  Grade AA Butter was up $.0025 at $2.19 per pound.  

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Omnibus spending bill does not include Biodiesel Tax Credit extension
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:50:44 +0000

An extension of the Biodiesel Tax Credit was not included in the omnibus spending bill signed today by President Trump.

National Biodiesel Board VP of federal affairs Kurt Kovarik says this is the latest setback for an industry looking for certainty.

“It’s uncertainty from the grower to the biodiesel producer to the petroleum marketing who wants to sell the product, nobody knows what the rules of the game are right now. 

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