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Reviewing Dairy Margin Coverage

Revamped Dairy Program is Worth a Second Look

January 9, 2019 |

The 2018 farm bill builds on the improvements made in the Bipartisan Budget Act to significantly enhance the commodity support from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Reflecting these changes, the Margin Protection Program was renamed Dairy Margin Coverage. In addition to Title I improvements, the farm bill also allows dairy farmers to fully utilize the risk management tools available through private crop insurance products such as Dairy Revenue Protection or Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle. Along with boosting support for dairy farmers, Congress also modified milk pricing provisions to facilitate improved risk management for the beverage milk industry (Proposed Changes to Fluid Milk Pricing). Then, to address seasonal oversupplies and periodic dumping of milk, a milk donation program was authorized. Today’s article highlighting the new Dairy Margin Coverage program is the first of two to review the major changes made in the dairy subtitle of the 2018 farm bill. The second article in the series will review the pricing changes to Federal Milk Marketing Orders and the new milk donation program.

Quarterly Hog Report Shows Continued Herd Expansion

January 7, 2019 |

The most recent report, released Dec. 20, revealed a record December inventory of all hogs and pigs at 74.6 million head.

What’s in Title I of the 2018 Farm Bill for Field Crops?

December 13, 2018 |

Following a prolonged downturn in the farm economy – now entering its fifth year – farmers and ranchers have the risk management certainty they need in the form of a five-year farm bill. Among the changes in the 2018 farm bill are evolutionary improvements to commodity support programs such as the Marketing Loan Program, Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage. Today’s article highlights the provisions of the commodity support programs, excluding dairy, included in Title I of the farm bill. A future Market Intel will review significant enhancements made to the dairy title.

Some FSA Offices Open Jan. 17-18 and Jan. 22

January 16, 2019 |

The Agriculture Department has announced a limited opening of a select number of county Farm Service Agency offices for three days only for limited services related to select farm operating and farm ownership loans, and to work on processing 1099s related to these loans.

AFBF Highlights Successes in Celebrating 100 Years

January 16, 2019 | Newsline

Farm Bureau members celebrated the success of 100 years in New Orleans. Micheal Clements has more.
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Western States Struggle with Self-Governance Due to Challenges of Public Lands

January 15, 2019 | News Releases

The challenge farmers and ranchers in western states have when it comes to public lands has its roots back in the revolutionary war, when states were fighting for self-governance, according to George Wentz Jr., a partner in the Davillier Law Group, who presented at the American Farm Bureau (AFBF)’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans.
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New Grassroots Leaders Take the Helm at Farm Bureau

January 15, 2019 | News Releases

Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention elected members to serve as board and committee leaders for the organization.
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Farm Bureau Adopts Policies on Government Shutdown, Trade, Opioids, Cell-Based Food and Broadband

January 15, 2019 | News Releases

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention today adopted policies to guide the organization’s work during its centennial year on key topics such as farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, rural broadband access and rural mental health programs.
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Farm Bureau Members Pledge for Clean Water, Clear Rules

January 15, 2019 | Newsline

Farm Bureau members are making a pledge to support clean water and clear rules through a new campaign at the at the 2019 AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show. Micheal Clements has more.
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Farmers Make Real News in Fake News World

January 15, 2019 | News Releases

Farmers and ranchers are on the front lines of the fight against internet hucksters and food faddists.
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