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U.S. CANADA DAIRY DISPUTE SOURS TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

Because of a decades-old dispute between the U.S. and Canada, dairy is emerging as the thorniest issue souring final talks to conclude a sweeping trade agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, linking 12 countries around the Pacific. The U.S. wants Canada to loosen a decades-old system for protecting dairy farmers from imports.

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DROUGHT’S COST

California’s farmers will have less irrigation water and will idle more cropland this year than they did last year, says a study by UC-Davis. It estimates direct agricultural losses of $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.2 billion in lower crop, livestock and dairy revenue and $600 million in higher costs to pump water from wells.

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MORATORIUM PROPOSED

Dickinson County in northwest Iowa, by asking for a temporary moratorium on new, large-scale livestock farms, “could become the next battleground” over massive feedlots, says the Des Moines Register. Tourism is an economic driver in the county, home to large lakes lined by resort homes. The county says a surge in large livestock farms threatens… read more

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COKE & #MILK

@CocaCola will start selling a premium-priced, protein-boosted milk called ‘Fairlife’ under its Minute Maid division. It will be available nationally next month when a national ad campaign breaks, the company announced Tuesday.

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BEEF CHECKOFF

Three out of four producers support the beef checkoff, while the number who disapprove of the program, at just 11 percent, is the lowest in program history, according to a recent survey of 1,209 beef and dairy producers nationwide. IFB supports the upcoming Illinois beef checkoff vote.

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MPP UPDATE

More than half of the nation’s dairy farms have signed up for the new Margin Protection Program that was created by the 2014 farm bill to protect producer incomes from spikes in feed costs and collapses in milk prices. About 59% of production is covered by the program, USDA says.

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MILK GLUT

Wholesale-milk futures are down 37 percent from a record 11 weeks ago, reducing costs for buyers including Dean Foods and Lifeway Foods, Bloomberg News reports. Consumers also got a break, with average retail prices for whole milk, butter and cheese dropping in November from a month earlier.

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MPP DEADLINE EXTENDED

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014.

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GOT MILK?

Despite notable marketing campaigns such as the “got milk?” slogan, Americans consume 37 percent less of the drink than they did in 1970, according to the USDA, even as the sale of cheese, yogurt and other dairy products is climbing. Cheese consumption has nearly tripled over that period.

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MILK IS MILK

Cows raised on organic and conventional dairy farms in three regions of the United States show no significant differences in health or in the nutritional content of their milk, according to a USDA-financed study by three land grant universities.

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