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Dairy Industry Welcomes Swift Action by USTR Lighthizer to Launch NAFTA Modernization Efforts

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent today to Congress, Ambassador Lighthizer outlined some of the areas of the agreement that are …

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NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Legislative

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting here. The NCIMS is a national cooperative regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and …

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Dairy Industry Eager to Work With U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The dairy industry is eager to work with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to protect and expand market access for U.S. dairy while addressing problematic Canadian dairy policies, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) said today following Lighthizer’s Senate confirmation. Lighthizer will begin work on a variety of pressing trade policy issues, including …

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WASDE Report Shows Increase in Livestock and Poultry Production

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released their May World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report this week, and in the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section, it notes that total red meat and poultry production for 2018 is projected to be higher than 2017 due to an increase in livestock and poultry production. Cattle placements during second half 2017 and …

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Another Study Calls Dairy Fats OK

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Another study suggests that dairy fats do not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The Study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, concluded that consumption of dairy fats had a “neutral” effect on human health. A researcher leading the study at England’s Reading University said: “There’s been a lot of publicity over the last five to ten …

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NMPF April Dairy Market Report

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The April Dairy Market Report has fluid milk sales showing the lowest volume decline in almost a year during November 2016–January 2017. American-type cheese consumption continued to outpace that of other cheeses during the same period. American-type cheese exports showed positive growth for the first time in more than a year during December 2016–February 2017. U.S.exports of dry ingredient products …

Changes Needed in Farm Bill Safety Net Outlined at Senate Hearing

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Legislative

Dairy farmers in Michigan and across the nation need federal lawmakers to revise the safety net created in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide them adequate risk management protection, according to a dairy farmer from eastern Michigan who testified in Frankenmuth on Saturday at a Senate hearing. Darrin Siemen of Harbor Beach, Mich., told a Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing …

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NMPF Urges Dairy Imitators to Comply with Food Labeling Standards

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

America’s dairy farmers have a clear message for plant-based food companies that have been meeting in California this week to assess the consistency of the labeling of their products: Dairy imitators must start complying with federal regulations that require foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt to be made from real milk. “At a time when consumers want …

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NMPF, USDEC Organize Dairy Fly-In on Capitol Hill to Build Support for Trade with Canada, Mexico

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. dairy leaders from across the country visited Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress and Trump Administration officials to hold Canada accountable for its trade violations and hasten the repeal of Canada’s controversial new dairy pricing system. During a fly-in rally organized Tuesday and Wednesday by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), …

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Conaway Disappointed Cotton, Dairy Farmers Left in the Lurch

Dan Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement concerning the exclusion of critical help for cotton and dairy farmers from the omnibus appropriations bill. “It is no secret that times are extremely difficult in farm and ranch country right now, with net farm income down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. It …

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Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) – particularly by the European Union (EU). The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s …

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U.S. Milk Exports to Mexico at Risk

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

$1.2 billion of milk exports from the U.S. to Mexico are at risk as Mexico appears to be seeking new trading partners. Mexico is America’s top dairy exporter, and as the Donald Trump administration makes trade relations uneasy with its North American Free Trade Agreement counterparts, Mexico is in talks to import dairy products from New Zealand. In the first …

Possible Changes in Cotton and Dairy Policies Ahead

Dan Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson tells Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report that he’s optimistic that the fiscal 2017 government spending package will include changes to the cotton and dairy policies in the new Farm Bill. He says those potential changes would provide more financial assistance to farmers. The Minnesota Democrat says he and other committee members have been talking …

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Canada Doubling Down on Dairy Trade Comments

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade 58 Comments

Canada continues to say ‘it’s not our problem’ when asked about dairy trade with the United States. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) told Bloomberg News Thursday: “It’s not Canada that’s the challenge here.” Trudeau said the U.S. has a large dairy trade surplus with Canada. He stood by his own system, by saying every country subsidizes agriculture, adding: “Let’s …

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Australia and New Zealand Dairy Leaders Would Support U.S. WTO Action on Canada

Dan Dairy and Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade 76 Comments

Dairy industry leaders from Australia and New Zealand say they would support the U.S. in potential World Trade Organization action against Canada. Leaders from both nations say they would support President Donald Trump if he included the WTO in a trade dispute over a milk pricing scheme by Canada that is harming U.S. dairy farmers. U.S. dairy groups say the …

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Canada Responds to Dairy Trade Disagreement with U.S.

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Canada’s Ambassador to Washington told the Associated Press this week that Donald Trump is wrong when he says that Canada’s dairy industry trade practices “are very unfair.” David MacNaughton wrote a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York to let them know Canada is aware of their request to the president for help with Canada’s dairy practices. “Canada …

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Trump Vows to Fix Wisconsin Dairy Situation

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release 54 Comments

At a recent stop in Wisconsin to discuss job creation, President Donald Trump vowed to support Wisconsin dairy farmers in their trade dispute with Canada and possibly make big changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. A Milk Business Dot Com article quotes the President as saying “We’re using every tool at our disposal to restore the American dream. …

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NMPF Statement in Response to Canadian Ambassador’s Comments on Dairy Trade Dispute

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From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF “It’s absurd for the Canadian government to assert there is no relationship between its new Class 7 policy and the lost U.S. milk sales there. When customers in Canada, who have been purchasing milk products from American suppliers for years, suddenly decide to switch to domestic suppliers after Canada implements a major change …