U.S. Dairy Farm Numbers Continue to Decline

Data from the USDA shows the number of licensed dairy operators in the United States continues to decline. USDA’s Milk Production report showed the fourth-largest year-over-year decline in the number of licensed dairy operations in the last 15 years. There were 2,550 fewer licensed dairy operations in 2020 than in 2019, when the number dropped […]

Milk Production Expected To Increase In Coming Year

What can the dairy industry expect in the year ahead? “We increased our milk production forecast for 2020 and also for 2021 and in both cases that reflects both higher milk per cow and higher cow numbers,” said World Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. He added this comes in spite of higher feed costs, adding […]

Dairy Margin Coverage Program Signup Numbers Low Despite Benefits

The signup deadline for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program is this Friday, and according to the latest figures from the American Farm Bureau the number of dairy operations signed up is lower than expected. So far, 7,846 operations have enrolled in the program, covering about 64 billion pounds of milk. However, that figure is 23,000 […]

Idaho Ag Production Up 6% To $8.25B

The value of Idaho agricultural production in 2019 hit $8.25 Billion, up 6% year over year. The rankings of the top nine commodities remained unchanged from 2018. Coming in at $2.86 billion milk remains the leading agricultural commodity in the state. Not only did that value jumped 20% from 2018’s numbers, last year was the […]

Dairy Production Expected To Remain Strong

According to World Agricultural Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, American dairy producers have increased milk per cow. And in response, the USDA has increased milk production forecasts for both the current year 2020 and for year 2021. In addition, he notes butter remain strong in the export market. “We also see a lot of strength […]

Milk Production Continues To Increase, Despite Decrease In Cow Numbers

Milk per cow pretty strong, nationwide, according to USDA Outlook Chairman Mark Jekanowski. The latest USDA Milk Production Report puts July’s national milk per cow averaging 1,994 pounds; 21 pounds higher than July of last year. The total production for this July is 18.6 billion pounds, 1.5% more than July of 2019. In this case, […]

Dairy Market Hard To Predict

The future of dairy markets are fairly hard to predict these days, just ask USDA Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski. He noted food service demand remains one of the biggest questions leading to the uncertainty. How many schools are going to be open? How many will be virtual? Will full lunch services be offered or […]

AFBF: Dairy Producers Deserve A Voice In Milk Pricing

Earlier this week, the American Farm Bureau Federation released its final report, on priorities for milk pricing reform, calling for more democracy and a more equitable program for dairy farmers. AFBF Chief Economist John Newton said the policy recommendations follow a year-long review by a Farm Bureau working group. “Our voting delegates this past January […]

USDA Lowers Milk Production Forecast

USDA has lowered its July estimate for milk production in 2020. “Of course we saw a lot of processing issues at the beginning of the year as a result of Coronavirus and producers have been backing off production,” said USDA Chief Economist, Rob Johansson. “So our estimate for 2020 is 221.5 billion pounds; that’s down […]

May Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

On Wednesday, FSA announced the May 2020 income over feed cost margin triggered the third payment in 2020 of the Dairy Margin Coverage program. In May, the income over feed cost margin was $5.37 cwt. To date, FSA has issued more than $176 million in benefits to dairy producers who purchased DMC coverage for 2020. […]