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Dairy Provisions stronger in the new farm bill

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 . . . known to many as the 2018 Farm Bill . . . has significantly changed the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) that was introduced in the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the full story at:

The 2018 milk prices could be the new normal (Hoards)

Milk prices have remained in a fairly narrow range thus far in 2018, with the monthly low of $15.30 per hundredweight (cwt.) registered in February and the high of $16.30 per cwt. posted in June.   Read the full story at:

U.S. finds home for beef in Japan, Korea

While total demand for U.S. beef has been strong in the last couple of years, exports to Japan and South Korea have been especially noteworthy.   Read the full story at:

Hay prices soar after drought (Missouri Ruralist)

Even as USDA has estimated a record corn yield and a near record soybean yield from the 2018 growing season, an important input to the cattle industry has become rather scarce in parts of the country.   Read the full story at:

Exports remain key to improving milk prices (Hoard’s)

Milk production growth continues despite the distressed economic signals experienced by dairy farmers across the country. The 0.4 percent average daily gain in July’s milk flow reflected the second-lowest production gains since January 2016, ….  Read the full story at: 

Farm bill could yield a new dairy program (Hoard’s)

It’s conference time in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives when it comes to a new farm bill. But that begs the question: Will there be enough time to get it done before the pending recess and upcoming midterm elections? Read the full story at:

Australia makes its move in global beef market (Missouri Ruralist)

Beef production outside the U.S. is on the rise, creating export pressure. USDA recently released its twice-per-year look at international beef markets, and projections for 2018 show the largest growth in world beef production since 2006. Read the full story at

Beef cow herds shift as new technology brings more changes, MU economist says

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri cattle herd has changed, and bigger changes are ahead, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri livestock economist. There’s a cow population shift from north to south in Missouri, Brown says. The reason: Corn and soybean crops return more per acre than cows. Pastureland that once held cows now grows crops. …

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