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H-2A delays cause worker shortages in 20 states

Federal agency delays in processing visas for foreign guestworkers who tend and harvest America’s food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing crops will rot in fields this year, the American Farm Bureau Federation says.

Delays are causing worker... More

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Darigold offers membership to McMinnville dairy co-op farmers

Darigold, the Seattle-based dairy co-op, is offering membership to farmers now aligned with Farmers Cooperative Creamery, based in McMinnville,... More

 

Southwest Cheese, Glanbia shine at world cheese contest

Southwest Cheese and parent company Glanbia won a record-breaking 18 awards at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contests in Wisconsin last week,... More

 

Rabobank: Dairy price doldrums to continue

It’s going to be a long year for dairy producers, given stronger-than-expected EU milk production and weaker demand from developing... More

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Cheese prices continue to slip

Traders must not have liked what they saw in the March Milk Production report or Friday’s Cold Storage report.CME cash block Cheddar cheese closed the fourth Friday of April at $1.4225 per pound, down a half-cent on the week and 18 3/4-cents below a year ago.The barrels... More

Chocolate milk maker wanted study touted with ‘Concussion’

NEW YORK (AP) — A small chocolate milk company wanted publicity touting the purported ability of its drink to help high school athletes recover from concussions to coincide with the Will Smith movie “Concussion,” according to emails obtained by The Associated... More

Butter love affair helps price

America’s love affair with butter added strength to the CME cash price which, after jumping 16 cents the previous week, hit the highest level last Monday — $2.17 per pound — since Feb. 5.Then it plunged 10 cents Tuesday and closed Friday at $2.07, down a nickel on the. More

Bill would amend federal dairy safety net

A bill supported by three Northeast congressmen would amend the Margin Protection Program for dairy established by the 2014 Farm Bill to better reflect feed costs in different regions of the country.The program allows farmers to insure the margin between milk prices and feed... More

WSU creamery adding whey processing facility

Washington State University’s creamery is adding a $4 million whey processing facility.The creamery processes 15,000 pounds of milk per day, resulting in 1,500 pounds of cheese, according to WSU. The remaining liquid, called whey, is a waste product.The facility will be a... More

Dairy groups urge challenge of WHO proposal

U.S. milk producers and processors are speaking out against guidelines from the World Health Organization urging the prohibition of the promotion and marketing of milk products for infants and toddlers.The guidelines take aim at breast milk substitutes, including milk and other milk... More

U.S. butter market shows some resilience

The resilient butter market has been again fighting its way up the price ladder.The CME spot price jumped 4 1/4 cents last Tuesday, 7 3/4 cents on Wednesday, with 21 cars traded on the day, and then added 4 cents Friday to close at $2.12 per pound, up 16 cents on the week, 36 3/4-cents... More

Raw milk sales bill narrowly gains traction in Louisiana Senate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate will debate whether the state should lift its ban on sales of unpasteurized — or “raw” — milk.After two years of rejecting the bill, a reorganized Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 3-2 to advance to... More

EPA mum as What’s Upstream stays afloat

An Environmental Protection Agency-funded media campaign to change how Washington state regulates agriculture remained largely intact Tuesday, one week after the agency said the campaign misused EPA funds and that it was taking corrective action.What’s Upstream, a partnership... More

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