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Market Report Friday, March 17, 2017

Turlock Livestock Auction Yard

Friday, March 17, 2017
Receipts of 837 Hd.

Good supply of springers with better activity.
   Weigh Cows and Bull market 1-2 cents
stronger than a week ago.
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Friday, April 7, 2017
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 your quality consignments throughout
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# 1 Hol Spr. $ 1700.00 - 1975.00 
# 2 Hol Spr. $ 1300.00 - 1675.00
# 1 Jer Spr. $ 1450.00 - 1750.00
#1 Jer X Spr. $ 1400.00 - 1775.00
Weigh Beef Cows 
High Yielding $ No Test
Med Yielding $ 47.00 - $ 64.00
Low Yielding $ 40.00 - $ 46.00
Weigh Dairy Cows 
High Yielding $ 64.00 - 72.75
Med Yielding $ 54.00 - 63.00
Low Yielding $ 35.00 - 53.00
Weigh Bulls 
High Yielding $ 80.00 - 93.00
Med Yielding $ 70.00 - 79.00
Low Yielding $ 50.00 - 69.00
Holstein Barren Heifers 
$ 62.00 - 80.00
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In a letter dated Mar.16, Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, notified the California dairy industry that the Department will hold a meeting on Apr. 4 to hear ideas for California quota under the proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order.

Her letter explains that the proposed FMMO for California put forward by USDA would require that CDFA independently operate any program for quota.  CDFA had previously announced it was reviewing California statutes for the necessary authority to do so.

Secretary Ross says the department is looking for direction on these questions:

  1.  Should all Grade A milk be subject to a quote assessment or only pooled milk?
  2. What is the best mechanism to gather the requisite data from handlers to calculate the necessary deduction as this will not be provided for under the FMMO
  3. What is the process by which CDFA shall collect, distribute and enforce quota payments?

Dairyman Geoff Vanden Heuvel writing in the Milk Producers Council newsletter comments, “These are important questions and we appreciate the care that CDFA is taking to engage with us in this process.”

The meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Tues., Apr. 4 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center in Modesto.

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This Week in Dairy - Lee Mielke

Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster. Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email at or by phone 360.201.4033. This column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness.

Dairy prices, like thermometers and snow, fell as Winter Storm Stella attacked the Northeast. Weather had already raised havoc in the West and some expect revisions in the January Milk Production data.

Be that as it may, lackluster cheese demand and an abundance of fresh cheese is blamed for faltering CME prices, as traders awaited the February Milk Production report but the prices are now more competitive globally.

CME block Cheddar sunk to $1.35 per pound the week of March 13, lowest level since May 25, 2016, but it rallied Friday, closing at $1.40, up a penny and a half on the week and the first upward climb in five weeks, but is 8 3/4-cents below a year ago. The barrels fell to $1.35, lowest price since May 16, 2016, but regained some ground Friday to finish at $1.3650, down 3 1/2-cents on the week and 11 1/2-cents below a year ago. Sixteen cars of block traded hands on the week at the CME and 23 of barrel.

Cheese production in the Midwest is active and keeping pace with readily available milk, reports Dairy Market News (DMN). Even with spot milk as low as $5 under Class III, cheesemakers are turning offers away. The challenge for some Midwestern cheese manufacturers is finding a middle ground between cheese production and managing cheese inventories, which are reportedly long.

Demand reports are mixed. Some contacts report steadiness in retail and specialty orders following a post-Super Bowl lull. However, some report a softness on spot orders, suggesting buyers are holding off while cheese prices continue to weaken. The market undertone is unsteady, says DMN.

Western milk is also readily available and keeping cheese makers busy. Current output is meeting most buyer requests. Some end users suggest their cheese needs are fully satisfied and are hesitant to increase purchases. A few contacts suggest activity from food service and retail accounts is slightly slower but cheese processors describe generally steady domestic demand. In addition, some export buyers are expressing more interest in response to lower cheese prices. Western cheese inventories are still heavy and available storage limited.

Cash butter saw a meltdown to $2.11 per pound Thursday as sellers unloaded 22 cars at the CME. Friday saw a closing price of $2.13, down 3 1/4-cents on the week but 7 1/2-cents above a year ago. A total of 32 carloads traded hands on the week in Chicago.

DMN says Central butter producers are seeing no shortage of cream. Some say Class II interest is increasing, but cream is still available and at prices favorable to butter makers. Butter output is active. Inventories are building when demand allows but reports on butter orders are increasing as spring approaches. Some contacts point to heavy inventories and question whether current demand, although strong, is adequate to keep stocks manageable. Others suggest demand is strong enough and inventories are comfortable for late summer/early fall ordering. The market tone is “steady.”

Western butter makers report very little change from the previous week. Cream is readily available and manufacturers seem willing to actively churn to fill current orders. Domestic demand is steady, but processors say interest is light outside of contracted purchases. End users are focusing predominantly on immediate needs, buying hand to mouth as opposed to putting up large volumes of butter into storage. Inventories are generally growing, according to DMN.

The spot Grade A nonfat dry milk closed Friday at 80 1/2-cents per pound, down a half-cent on the week but 7 3/4-cents above a year ago, on 13 cars sold.

California’s latest surveyed nonfat dry milk price fell 9.2 cents and USDA’s latest National Dairy Products Sales Report showed the powder down 7.8 cents.

FC Stone’s Dave Kurzawski wrote in his March 14 Early Morning Update that “Political tensions between the US and our powder buying friend Mexico has people concerned.”

The U.S. Dairy Export Council’s (USDEC) Tom Vilsack, the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) Michael Dykes and National Milk’s Jim Mulhern traveled to Mexico this week to try and calm the waters, promising to continue a “strong commitment to their time-tested partnership with Mexico’s dairy industry and consumers,” according to a joint press release.

“We have always seen Mexico as a partner first and a customer second,” USDEC’s Tom Vilsack told Mexican dairy leaders attending the National Dairy Forum in Mexico City. “That’s why we intend to continue working with you and your industry to expand the consumption of dairy products in a way that benefits both countries.”

“Mexico is our friend, ally and most important trading partner,” said NMPF’s Jim Mulhern. “Our goal this week in visiting Mexico is to communicate our steadfast commitment to our partnership with the Mexican industry, even as we continue to explore ways to deepen that relationship by working on issues of mutual benefit.”

“The United States proudly provides the majority of imported dairy products to Mexican consumers,” said IDFA’s Michael Dykes. “We strongly believe that it’s in the best interest of both countries to preserve and enhance our excellent trade relationship, now and in the future.”

Vilsack and Mulhern spoke at the Femeleche conference, attended by Mexican dairy industry leaders, farmers and government officials. The three CEOs also met with a variety of government officials and the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

But, the chilliness may not all be political. The Daily Dairy Report’s (DDR) Sarina Sharp asked the question in the March 10 Milk Producers Council newsletter; “Why is Mexico so conspicuously absent from the U.S. milk powder market?”

She reports that U.S. milk powder exports to Mexico in January totaled 41.9 million pounds, down 4.6 percent from the impressive volumes of a year ago.

She explained that “There are likely a number of reasons. Mexican milk production climbed 4.6 percent in 2016, and imports of nonfat dry milk (NDM) and skim milk powder (SMP) grew 10.5 percent. It is unlikely that Mexican demand for milk powder grew enough to absorb greater domestic production and substantially higher imports. Rather, Mexican milk powder buyers are well-stocked and patient,” according to Sharp.

She adds that “The strong dollar and weak peso encourage continued inaction. Global milk powder inventories have grown as well, offering end users the opportunity to diversify their sourcing should they find it advantageous. Mexico’s tariff structure allows for up to 80,000 metric tons of NDM or SMP imports tariff-free each year from WTO members, which include Europe, New Zealand, and Argentina. End users at home and abroad have been well-served to sit on the sidelines and threaten to move their business elsewhere,” she says, “But cheap product will likely coax some of them back to the market eventually.”

Back home; USDA data shows American cheese demand in January was down 6.2 percent from December and down 1.8 percent from a year ago. The “other” cheese category was down 3.3 percent from December but up 5.3 percent from 2016. Total cheese disappearance was down 4.4 percent from December but 2.6 percent above a year ago.

Looking at 2016 totals, American cheese use was up 1.5 percent from 2015 and other than American cheese use was up 3.1 percent, putting total cheese use 2.5 percent higher than the previous year. FC Stone called the data “okay, but solid for lack of a better descriptor.”

U.S. cheese exports have suffered as U.S. prices made Uncle Sam uncompetitive. The DDR says cheese exports accounted for 7.1 percent of U.S. cheese output in 2014, 6 percent in 2015, and 5.2 percent in 2016.

“That’s an impressive testament to domestic demand for cheese,” the DDR stated, “that the U.S. market continued to command a premium through much of 2015 and 2016 even as exports waned and production climbed.”

Falling prices in Chicago will hopefully get U.S. cheese sailing again. The March 10 Dairy and Food Market Analyst (DFMA) points out that “Historically, CWT-assisted sales have accounted for more than half of all U.S. American cheese exports, at times, as much as 75 percent.”

The DFMA also reports that, while the Canadian industry is “positioning to block imports of U.S. origin dairy products, Canadian farmers are filling the gap by purchasing U.S. origin cows. During January, 5,771 head of U.S. origin herd replacements were sent to Canada, which was the largest monthly trade statistic in several years. This is an ongoing trend,” the DFMA says. “We continue to hear anecdotal reports of cattle sales from our dairy farmer network.”

January domestic butter disappearance fell sharply in January from December and was 14.7 percent below January 2016. Exports, on the other hand, were up 126 percent, thanks largely to Canada.

America’s taste for butter is growing. As previously reported, Burger King has joined McDonalds in turning away from margarine in their breakfast offerings and reports are mounting of other restaurants making the switch. Bloomberg, citing USDA data, reports that Americans are expected to eat 8 percent more butter this year than last and “Hipsters” are even dropping it into cocktails and coffee.

Unfortunately, fluid milk consumption slipped some in the first month of 2017. Packaged fluid sales totaled 4.26 billion pounds, down 0.8 percent from January 2016, according to USDA.

Conventional product sales totaled 4.03 billion pounds, down 1.1 percent from a year ago; organic products, at 228 million pounds, were up 4.7 percent. Organic represented about 5.4 percent of total sales for the month.

Whole milk sales totaled 1.26 billion pounds in January, up 3.5 percent from a year ago and made up 29.6 percent of total fluid sales in the month. January skim milk sales were down 11.9 percent from a year ago.

The figures represent consumption of fluid milk products in Federal milk order marketing areas and California, which account for approximately 92 percent of total fluid milk sales in the U.S.

Speaking of fluid milk; California’s April Class I milk price is $16.76 per cwt. for the north and $17.04 for the south, down $1.86 and $1.85 per cwt. respectively from March but $1.50 per cwt. and $1.51 above April 2016. They are the lowest Class I prices since November 2016.

The northern four-month average now sits at $18.07, up from $15.88 at this time a year ago and compares to $17.54 in 2015. The southern average, now at $18.34, is up from $16.15 a year ago and $17.82 in 2015. The April Federal Order Class I base milk price is announced by the USDA on March 22.

As it always does, USDA’s monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook, issued March 15, echoed dairy projections contained in the March 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

The Outlook reported that U.S. milk cow numbers climbed to 9.36 million head in January, 6,000 more than December 2016 and 56,000 more than January 2016. Yield per cow averaged 1,937 pounds, 35 pounds above January 2016.

Feed price forecasts for corn and soybean meal for 2016/17 are $3.20-$3.60 per bushel and $310-$340 per short ton, both unchanged from last month’s forecasts. The alfalfa hay price decreased from $129 per short ton in December to $128 in January; $13 lower than January 2016.

Based on recent data, the 2017 forecast for milk cows is now 9.38 million head, an increase of 10,000 head from the previous forecast. Milk per cow is forecast 10 pounds lower than last month’s forecast, at 23,185 pounds for the year. These changes result in a milk production forecast for 2017 of 217.5 billion pounds, 100 million pounds higher than last month’s forecast.

Looking globally, the European Union (EU) announced that nearly 44 000 farmers from across the EU have applied for support for agreeing to voluntarily reduce their production of milk in the last quarter of 2016.

“This EU milk production reduction scheme, launched last summer and financed with €150 million, was one of the flagship measures decided by the European Commission to face the milk crisis,” an EU press release stated, and “contributed to the rising trend in EU milk prices over the last few months, balancing the markets.”

Meanwhile; farm milk production continues to trend higher throughout the U.S., according to the USDA’s weekly update. “Most regions are generating higher volumes of milk that they struggle to utilize.”

“Some plant managers in the Mid-Atlantic say that milk receipts are so abundant that it gives the feel of May. Midwest contacts believe that milk output will exponentially increase from mid-March through May. Arizona milk volumes are expected to reach their flush levels within the next three weeks. Milk yields are so high in New Mexico that farmers are selling some milk to calf farms and looking for spot sale prospects to avoid discarding their milk,” the report stated.

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DFA Today: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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March 16, 2017


Drought monitor update

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the U.S. Drought Monitor update for the week ending March 14.

In the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, several inches of rain helped improve drought conditions in Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. Temperatures throughout most of these regions were cooler than normal.

In the southeast area of the country, rainfall in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee aided in reducing drought conditions. Florida remained relatively dry, which expanded drought conditions.

Temperatures were mixed throughout the Midwest and Plains. Most of the area remained dry, but there was little-to-no change in drought conditions.

Warmer-than-normal temperatures occurred in the West. Portions of Colorado experienced moderate drought conditions. Precipitation fell over the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains.

Oceania dairy market overview

According to USDA's Oceania Dairy Market Overview, bank economists recently decreased New Zealand milk price forecasts for the current milking season due to changes in milk production expectations.

Market analysts previously anticipated milk production to decline 7 percent from the prior season; however, as weather conditions continue to improve, recent reports indicate production may only decline 5 percent. If realized, milk production for the current season, which began in June, would decline approximately 2.4 billion pounds to 45.2 billion pounds. 

Daily Market Update

Provided by DFA Risk Management


  • CME Group Class III milk futures declined through February 2018. The second-quarter 2017 CME Class III milk futures average experienced the most weakness, declining 33 cents to $15.48 per hundredweight. Second-quarter CME cheese futures also weakened, settling at $1.56½ per pound, down 2 cents on average. In the last three months, the second-quarter CME cheese futures average has declined 24¼ cents.
  • Despite an unchanged CME cash nonfat dry milk (NFDM) market, CME NFDM futures traded mixed through September 2017. The third-quarter futures average settled at 91 cents per pound, up 1 cent from yesterday, but down 27½ cents since January 1.
  • The CME cash butter market settled lower, pressuring nearby CME butter futures. The April-through-September CME butter futures average settled at $2.19½ per pound, down 1¼ cents. The fourth-quarter CME butter futures average remains above $2.20 per pound. The last time the fourth-quarter average settled below $2.20 was December 2016. 

Grains and other markets

  • USDA’s weekly Export Salesreport for the week ending March 9 indicated a 30-percent increase in soybean meal sales, supporting CME soybean meal futures. CME soybean meal futures settled higher through March 2018, up at least $1 per ton. May and July CME soybean meal futures settled higher for the second-consecutive session, settling at $329.30 and $332.60 per ton, respectively. Export sales for corn increased 69 percent week over week, which supported nearby CME corn futures. 

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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Discover Wisconsin team up to shine spotlight on 
state’s dairy industry 

Madison, WISCONSIN – (March 15, 2017) – The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Discover Wisconsin have teamed up to shine the spotlight on the state’s dairy industry through a series of social media videos. The first video, which launched March 15 online at, features Kim Bremmer, a Greenwood resident and the owner and founder of Ag Inspirations.

The mission of the “America’s Dairyland” social media series is to highlight the faces that represent Wisconsin’s dynamic dairy industry.

“This “America’s Dairyland” series offers an opportunity to meet the people who call Wisconsin home and strive to educate, advocate and make the milk used for Wisconsin dairy and cheese. Wisconsin is full of people who are passionate about the dairy industry and those showcased in this series are just a few of the wonderful people connected to America's Dairyland,” said Patrick Geoghegan, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

Bremmer launched Ag Inspirations as a vehicle for farmers to share their stories and to better connect people with where their food comes from. Bremmer, in addition to being the owner and founder of the company, is a self-described dairy enthusiast and science junkie. As both a speaker and blogger, Bremmer covers issues relevant to today’s dairy farmers; topics range from GMOs to antibiotic use on farms.

“No two farms in Wisconsin are the same and yet they are all so important,” said Bremmer. “It’s their diversity that is a major cornerstone of the dairy industry’s success.”

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Discover Wisconsin are set to release two more videos as part of the America’s Dairyland social media series. A story about the Spierings—a young family in Wisconsin that faced adversities following the establishment of their farm in 2013—debuts in April. In May, the series will premiere a story about Juan Quezada, who joined Milk Source in Kewaunee as a milker in the 90s and climbed the ranks to director of safety, recruiting and training. 


To view Bremmer’s story, visit

About Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy producers that promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America’s Dairyland. For more information, visit


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Lallemand Animal Nutrition Takes Extra Step For Product Safety

Hazard statement added to inoculant products with enzymes for additional end-user safety 

 MILWAUKEE, WI – March 16, 2017 – Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to best practices and safety at each level of product manufacturing and application. For this reason, the company has voluntarily added a hazard statement to minimize the potential risk to some individuals while handling certain silage inoculant products. The statement notes the enzymes in selected products are, for some people, an allergen.

“While this change is not required by regulatory authorities for any of our North or Central American products, the information is required by some other regulatory authorities, such as the EU, and so we as a company felt it is our responsibility to all our customers adopt the highest standards globally when it comes to the safe handling of our products,” says Bob Charley, PhD. Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

Starting this year, Lallemand Animal Nutrition silage inoculants containing enzymes, including the market-leading Biotal® and Sil-All® brands, will include the following information on product labels:


May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled. Avoid breathing dust/fumes/gas/mist/vapors/spray. Wear respiratory protection.  IF INHALED: Remove person to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. If experiencing respiratory symptoms: Call a POISON CENTER/doctor.


Dr. Charley notes that the product formulations are unchanged, as are the recommended precautions when handling these products.

“We have always recommended that anyone handling these products should do so in a well-ventilated area, wear gloves and avoid inhaling the product particles or fumes,” he says. “Producers understand the importance of safe practices around all products and equipment used on farming and livestock operations. We simply want to provide all of the information they need to work with their teams to ensure everyone returns home safely to their families each night.”

For more information, contact your Lallemand Animal Nutrition representative.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to optimizing animal performance and well-being with specific natural microbial product and service solutions. Using sound science, proven results and knowledge, Lallemand Animal Nutrition develops, manufactures and markets high value yeast and bacteria products ─ including probiotics, silage inoculants and yeast derivatives. Lallemand offers a higher level of expertise, leadership and industry commitment with long-term and profitable solutions to move our partners Forward.  Lallemand Animal Nutrition is Specific for your success.

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Issue 314 ~ March 16, 2017
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Delegates participate in policy deliberation at NFU's 115th Anniversary Convention.

NFU Holds its 115th Anniversary Convention
NFU held its 115th Anniversary Convention from March 5-8 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego, California. More than 450 Farmers Union members from across the country gathered for the annual event to  learn and collaborate and set the stage for NFU's policies and priorities in the year ahead.
The event kicked off with an opening reception on the William D. Evans Boat, followed by a banquet and luau party featuring Polynesian fire dancers.
At the opening session the subsequent morning, Kent Peppler, Cheryl Cook, and Merle Anderson were presented the Meritorious Service Award for their respective contributions to NFU and to agriculture as a whole. The morning also featured a conservation panel, moderated by Jason Weller, Senior Director of Sustainability at Lank O'Lakes, and comprised of David Gagner, Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Laura Lengnick, founder of Cultivating Resilience; and Ron Nichols, Senior Marketing Communications Practitioner for the National Resources Conservation Service. The panel discussed the intersection of agriculture and environmental resilience.
NFU President Roger Johnson
Before lunch, NFU President Roger Johnson gave his annual State of the Farmers Union Address. He discussed the primary concerns of farmers and ranchers in an increasingly hostile political climate, including access to healthcare, the upcoming Farm Bill, immigration policy, trade relationships, and the farm economy. After lunch, attendees had the choice of a farm tour or several breakout sessions. The farm tour visited two local San Diego farms - Suzie's Farm, a 70-acre, USDA 
Suzie's Farm in San Diego
certified organic operation that grows over 100 different crops per year, and Dickinson Farm, a half-acre urban fruit and vegetable farm. For those who stayed at the Catamaran, there were three breakout session options: Tom Giessel, NFU's historian, presented on the history of NFU's legislative activities and influence; Jen Kucera of USDA Soil Health Division and Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures presented on regenerative agriculture and local foods; and Rob Larew, NFU's Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications hosted an informal session on NFU's policy priorities.

On Tuesday, NFU recognized individuals, chapters and states for recruiting membership for Farmers Union. Awardees included Gary Wertish of Minnesota Farmers Union, Tiffany Wright of Northwest Farmers Union, Kriss Marion of Wisconsin Farmers Union, William Miller of Ohio Farmers Union, and Bessie Klose of Minnesota Farmers Union. Additionally, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union received the highest organizational honor, the Outstanding Leadership Award.
Jerry Hagstrom moderates the Farm Bill Panel.
The morning session was concluded with a Farm Bill Panel, moderated by Jerry Hagstrom, agricultural journalist, and featuring Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farm Cooperatives; Vince Smith, Professor of Economics at Montana State University, and NFU President Roger Johnson.
Tuesday afternoon commenced NFU's annual bylaws and policy discussion, which continued into Wednesday afternoon. The adopted policy book and special orders of business will guide the organization's government affairs priorities over the course of the next year, including the current farm crisis and upcoming deliberations on the 2018 Farm Bill. As a means of providing the organization a prescriptive set of priorities, 136 delegates from 33 states also approved six special orders of business on crisis relief, the Farm Bill, trade policy, climate change, ethanol, and dairy policy. More information about these policies can be found on NFU's website.
Attendees of NFU's Women's Conference
NFU Hosts Annual Women's Conference
Building on a strong history of providing women in agriculture with important leadership and risk management skills, NFU hosted its annual Women's Conference in San Diego, California from March 3-5. This year's conference, with a theme of "Shaping the Future," prepared attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including business planning, succession planning, running for local office, communications, and innovative marketing.
The Women's Conference was also a great opportunity to network and hear from leaders and experts in the field of agriculture. This year, the conference featured a number of special guests, including
  • Audra Mulkern, founder of The Female Farmer Project
  • Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters
  • Kriss Marion, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter
  • Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network
  • Madeline Schultz, manager of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program
  • Dr. Shannon Ferrell, associate professor at Oklahoma State University
  • Poppy Davis, adjunct professor at University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Sarah Campbell, stakeholder engagement specialist at USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Charlotte Smith, founder of, and owner of Champoeg Creamery and Charlotte Smith Pastured Meats

Read about farmer and NFU intern Meighen Lovelace's experience at Women's Conference on NFU's blog.

Members of Wisconsin Farmers Union at NFU's Women's Conference
2016 Beginning Farmer Institute Participants Graduate
The 2016 cohort of the Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) graduated at NFU's 115th Anniversary Convention.
Betty Anderson (WI), Jaime Baker (WI), Brittany Ann Bula (WI), Layne Cozzolino (WI), Jimmy Dula (CO), Tommy Enright (WI), Caitlin Hldaky (CO), Katie Jantzen (NE), Justin Loch (MT), Christy Ottinger (MD), D'Quinton Robertson (IA), Eric Sannerud (MN), Amanda Schaub (MT), Josh Stolzenburg (WI), Ariana Taylor-Stanley (NY), Zack Teske (KS), and Daniel Waldvogle (CO) completed the year-long course in leadership and farm management skills for beginning farmers.
The curriculum includes educational sessions, business tools and professional speakers in a structured setting that includes on-farm experiences and tours of cooperatives. Many of this year's graduates have already taken on leadership roles in NFU and their state chapters, serving as delegates at the annual Convention. 
Applications for next year's BFI are now available on NFU's website. Application postmark deadline is March 30, 2017.
Take the Health Insurance in Agriculture Survey
Health insurance affects family farmers and ranchers and influences their business decisions. Take this USDA-funded survey to help researchers understand how health insurance policy affects farms' and ranchers' decision to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises.
The study is a joint effort with between the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy and the four USDA Rural Development Centers. Findings will be used to develop training materials for professionals who work with farmers and ranchers. The study was originally conducted in 10 states but is now open to farmers across the country until March 31.
New on the NFU Beginning Farmer Column: Paper Pots Transplanting
Tools and equipment appropriate for small-scale, highly diversified vegetable farms have been a passion of mine for a long time. I discovered one of my favorite tools about 12 years ago while living in Japan. I was abroad with my wife, who was doing international relations work, and my two young sons. Knowing that the average farm is much smaller in Japan than in the U.S., I set out to discover what kinds of equipment Japanese farmers were using to grow vegetables.
Check out this guest post by John Hendrickson about paper pots transplanting on the NFU Beginning Farmer Column. You can also join the Beginning Farmer Forum for more on the conversation!
New on the NFU Climate Column: Russ Zenner's Story
Russ and Kathy Zenner have been farming in the Palouse Region of Idaho, near the Washington-Idaho border in Genesee, for more than forty years. Located about a hundred miles south of Spokane, Washington, Zenner Family Farms includes ground that was first farmed by Russ's grandfather in 1935. Kathy and Russ joined the family business in 1970 and took over management of the farm fourteen years later. In 2012, Russ's cousin Clint Zenner and his wife Alicia took on some management responsibilities, becoming the fourth generation to carry on the farming tradition of the Zenner family in Idaho.
Check out this guest post by Laura Lengnick about  dynamic cropping systems on the  NFU Climate Column. You can also join the NFU Climate Leaders Facebook group for more on the conversation!
NFU Lauds Bill to Add USDA to Foreign Investment Committee

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2017) - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced a bill to add the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The Food Security is National Security Act also directs CFIUS to consider U.S. food and agriculture systems when determining whether or not to approve foreign investment in U.S. companies.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson lauded the bill, citing the importance of maintaining food security for the sake of U.S. national security.
"Potential impacts on global and domestic food security should be a primary consideration for those tasked with ensuring our national security. As we're seeing across the world, food shortages and disputes are leading to massive international crises. Without stability and certainty in our food systems, we can expect similar crises on our own soil." said Johnson.
The U.S. agriculture sector has recently experienced an alarming amount of investment from foreign governments and companies, notably Smithfield's sale to Chinese firm Shuanghui, the Syngenta acquisition by Chinese-government owned group ChemChina, and Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
"This foreign investment threatens our domestic food security," noted Johnson. "In the case of biotech, it transfers critical technologies to foreign entities. In meat processing, it has disrupted trade markets, giving foreign competitors an unfair advantage."
"NFU is pleased Sens. Stabenow and Grassley are calling for increased scrutiny on food security implications, and we call on Congress to adopt this commonsense legislation."

WASHINGTON (February 28, 20217)- President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress tonight, offering a blueprint of his vision for the future of the country. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response:

"President Trump's agenda must begin to consider and prioritize the economic well-being of rural and farming communities. In tonight's speech, the President failed to mention the words 'rural,' 'farm,' or 'agriculture,' yet touched on a myriad of policy issues that could have major impacts on family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
"For instance, the President plans to revitalize the American economy and support the creation of jobs by renewing our nation's trade agenda. While his focus on improving trade agreements is appreciated, our members are increasingly concerned about his earlier harsh rhetoric and the strain it has placed on our trading partners.
"Trump's plan to switch away from the 'current system of lower-skilled immigration' neglects the unique and important work that immigrant laborers provide for our nation's food system and rural economies.
"And Trump's proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act must ensure affordable access to health insurance for rural Americans, especially for family farmers who can not be part of large plans.
"If the President intends to be a champion for all Americans, he must consider the real and lasting impacts his policy agenda will have on rural America and family farmers and ranchers."
NFU Urges Trump Administration to Avoid Changes that Undermine RFS

WASHINGTON (February 28, 2017) - Amidst reports of a pending executive order to change the point of obligation for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the Trump Administration to avoid changes to the RFS that would undermine the success of the nation's strongest biofuel policy.
 Echoing concerns raised by the organization in a recent letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement:
"To this point, President Trump has expressed support for renewable biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard, and his administration has stated it's intent to administer the program as written by Congress. Any attempt by the administration to change the point of obligation through an executive order would unnecessarily complicate compliance and undermine the underpinnings of the RFS.
"NFU strongly urges the Trump Administration to avoid changes that would undermine the RFS. We look forward to ensuring the program continues to grow the ethanol market and be a boon to rural economies, energy independence, and the environment."
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NFU Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) develops leadership and farm management skills in beginning farmers and additionally encourages them to apply those abilities in their community organizations. Farmers Union employs educational sessions, business tools and professional speakers in a structured setting that includes on-farm experiences and tours of cooperatives.

For applications and more information, visit NFU's website.
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The NFU Beginning Farmer Forum is a community of farmers, ranchers, educators, policy makers, and the general public that share common knowledge and interest in helping beginning farmers and ranchers overcome the challenges to starting and sustaining a farming operation in the U.S. It hopes to spread awareness about these challenges, provide insight into how they can be addressed at local, state and national policy levels, and share current resources and tools that benefit.

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NFU Farm Safety Video Series

NFU released a series of farm safety videos in 2016. Through these 10 short videos, we hope to build mass awareness to farm safety issues and contribute to reducing the number of annual farm-related accidents.

The short videos are on these farm safety topics:
  1. General Safety
  2. Power Take-Off
  3. Roll-Over Protection
  4. ATVs
  5. Grain Bins & Augers
  6. Livestock Handling
  7. Transporting Equipment
  8. Handling Chemicals
  9. Electrical Safety
  10. Behavioral Hazards & Child Safety
Visit our website ( to find all of the videos that pertain to your operation, and share with your friends, family and neighbors to help prevent farm-related accidents and casualties! You can also order them here on DVD or USB.
USDA Corn Ethanol Report Supports Environmental Benefits of RFS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a report titled "A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol." The study, prepared by ICF, compares the environmental impact of corn ethanol and gasoline, emphasizing the benefits of the former.
According to the report, in 2014, corn ethanol's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions provided a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional gasoline. With anticipated engineering efficiencies, the value is expected to approach 50 percent by 2022.
Furthermore, when farmers employ a variety of conservation practices including no-till, cover crops, nitrogen inhibitors, and precision fertilizer applications, corn ethanol provides GHG reductions of up to 76 percent when used in lieu of conventional gasoline.
These values project a greater positive environmental impact from the use of corn-based ethanol than previous studies. ICF attributes this largely to the methods by which increases in ethanol production have been achieved. The anticipated land use change to meet growing demand has been less significant than initially predicted, as have the associated emissions. Instead, intensification on existing cropland has had a greater role in meeting increased demand. 
NFU is pleased to see the results of USDA's report provide further evidence of the environmental benefits of corn ethanol, particularly when coupled with conservation practices. The findings of this study underscore the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other biofuels policies that encourage the agricultural community's involvement in mitigating climate change. 
Craig Watts, North Carolina Poultry Grower
NFU Stands with Contract Growers

Contract farmers raise 97% of the chicken consumed in the United States, but they face unfair challenges and hidden risks under the production contracts that are commonly offered by large corporate firms today.

In December, USDA published the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, also known as the GIPSA rules, as an interim final rule and two proposed rules to help balance the relationships between producers and meat packers in the concentrated livestock and poultry industries. NFU was pleased that the long-awaited rules were finally released.

However, the Trump Administration delayed the effective date and comment periods for the three Farmer Fair Practices Rules. In response, NFU President Roger Johnson said, "Family farmers and ranchers have been waiting on the protections provided by the Farmer Fair Practices Rules for far too long, enduring heavily concentrated markets and the unfair practices associated with lack of competition. After having been delayed and obstructed for the past seven years, it's time to end the unnecessary delays to the Farmer Fair Practices Rules and allow these basic protections to be finalized."

There is a common misconception that the Farmer Fair Practices Rules were a "midnight rule" of the Obama Administration. In fact, they are the culmination of nearly a decade of work, having been provided for in the 2008 Farm Bill and undergone the full regulatory process. The USDA went to extensive lengths to ensure public comment was considered and Congress's intent was realized, only to be blocked by riders stuck on appropriations bills in the middle of the night. Though some have disagreed on the policy, both producers and consumers will benefit from the competitive, transparent markets that these rules will help protect. Consequently, NFU urged the Trump Administration to stand up for family farmers, ranchers, and rural Americans by reviewing and implementing these rules as soon as possible.
Dairy Industry In Need of Support

U.S. dairy producers are facing the business-crippling burden of multi-year price lows. Milk prices have dropped by more than 40 percent in the past two years, and the Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) has not provided the safety net needed to cope with this decline. As a result, additional avenues for direct assistance must be explored to help struggling dairy farmers. 
NFU put together an emergency dairy committee in July to address shortcomings of the DMPP and work with Congress and the USDA to propose meaningful adjustments to the dairy farm safety net.
In September, NFU asked Congress to allow the USDA to either respond to the crisis through price support activities or to refund 2015 DMPP premiums, which totaled $73 million. And in Octoberseveral lawmakers offered their support, echoing NFU's request for Congress to provide USDA the necessary scope to provide assistance to the dairy sector. 
Last month, NFU's Board of directors released a resolution calling on Congress to provide the USDA the authority to provide direct assistance to struggling producers, and to refund diary Margin Protection Program premiums.

While the USDA has taken several steps within their existing authority to help dairy producers who are struggling to stay in business - like the announcement that they will again purchase $20 million in cheese - the most meaningful relief will come from Congress providing additional authority.
Member Benefit Highlight: DripWorks

NFU members receive a 10%discount on retail purchases. For discounts up to 25%, NFU members are invited to take advantage of DripWorks' one-step signup process for wholesale pricing. DripWorks provides quality drip irrigation supplies and equipment to people wanting to reap the savings and benefits of using drip irrigation.
Visit to become a member and start saving today.
Visit for a complete listing of all NFU membership benefits.
Call a Doctor 24/7 with Telemedicine
Have you heard the term "telemedicine" recently and wondered what it is? Wonder no more! Telemedicine is a convenient new way to talk to a doctor 24 hours a day 7 days a week when you're having non-emergency medical issues at home or anywhere else not close to a doctor's office.

So how does it work? You get telemedicine when you sign up for the Wellness Access Card for a low $99 yearly fee for the entire family. You will then get access to a 24-hour physician phone line that lets you speak to a real doctor, who will make treatment recommendations and even write prescriptions over the phone for common sickness such as flu, sinus infections, respiratory infections, pink eye and more.

Telemedicine is a great option for those who live in rural areas far away from a doctor's office. You don't need to wait until the morning to visit the doctor if you're feeling under the weather at night.  

There are no age restrictions, and there are even pediatricians available for when your children get sick.  On average we see 97% member satisfaction and 97% physician satisfaction.  On average members receive a call back from the physician in 22 minutes and a guarantee call back within three hours.

All you have to do is sign up for the Wellness Access Card and choose whether you want a monthly or annual membership. Once enrolled you will receive your membership kit, which comes with the telemedicine phone number and specific instructions on how to use it. That's it. No long forms to fill out. Simply call the number and get medical assistance.

To learn more, visit or call (877) 376-8958.
Farmers Union Insurance

Farmers Union Insurance has always been a community-based insurance provider. Founded by Farmers Union leaders in 1945, the company offers personalized, relationship-based service to farmers and rural residents across the Rocky Mountain and upper Midwest states. Last year alone Farmers Union Insurance provided more than 90,000 policies. 
In 2005 Farmers Union Insurance was integrated into the Americas division of the international QBE Insurance Group. As part of the QBE family, Farmers Union Insurance continues to offer quality care and protection to policyholders. Together, QBE and Farmers Union work to maintain the Farmers Union brand to ensure that America's farmers, ranchers and rural residents know that Farmers Union respects and supports their economic needs and livelihoods.
It is an exciting time for Farmers Union Insurance. By working with QBE, Farmers Union Insurance is poised to expand its offerings to new regions and enhance its product line. New products are ready to be rolled out under the Farmers Union brand that will allow family farmers, ranchers and rural residents to choose a policy that is better tailored for their needs. There are imminent plans to expand the geographic offering of Farmers Union Insurance beyond the current footprint and to further support our Nation's rural communities. 
Looking to get the most out of your insurance policy or know a farmer who is? Remember that by choosing a Farmers Union Insurance product you are supporting your state Farmers Union as well as National Farmers Union's 114 year old effort to advocate on behalf of the American family farm.

 Farmers Union Insurance - A QBE Group Partner
Hastings Mutual Partnership

Farmers Union members join for lots of different reasons, but a very fundamental reason is a business reason. They want to get added-value from their membership for their farming operation. In the states where Hasting Mutual Insurance Company operates, the added-value is a very high-quality health insurance partnership that provides many of the insurance products farmers across the country need.

Hastings Mutual provides members top farm insurance products as well as other great coverages including home, auto and commercial insurance. The company operates in six Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Last year alone, the partnership garnered over 500 new memberships in those states.

Know a farmer in one of these six states? Tell them to contact their state farmers union or a Hastings insurance agent in their area to receive discounts on their farm owners policy premium.

Watch the Hastings Mutual/NFU partnership video here.

Visit our website to learn more about your state farmers union. Call Hastings Mutual at 1-800-442-8277 to find an agent near you.
PricebarometerFarmer's Share Price Barometer

February 2017
                           Commodity                            Current        Parity           % of
                           Crops                                        Price             Price            Parity              
Barley (bushel) $5.19 $14.30 34
Corn (bushel)  $3.40 $13.00 26
Cotton, Upland (pound) $0.671 $1.93 35
Flaxseed (bushel) $8.26 $32.10 25
Oats (bushel) $2.31 $8.41 27
Peanuts (pound) $.195 $0.663 29
Rice (cwt) $10.80 $39.50 27
Sorghum Grain (cwt) $4.81 $22.20 22
Soybeans (bushel) $9.71 $31.40 31
Wheat (bushel) $4.02 $17.70 23
Cattle (cwt) $117.00 $320.00 37
Hogs (cwt) $48.10 $161.00 30
Eggs, (dozen) $0.81 $2.94 29
Milk, All (cwt) $18.90 $51.90 37
~Parity prices reflect January 2017 NASS prices 
Taken from "Agricultural Prices," USDA/NASS. 
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About 10 dairy cows were killed Tuesday night after high winds caused a Cherry Valley barn to collapse, officials said Wednesday.

A cover-all barn collapsed at about 6:40 p.m. at Howard and Deborah Young's farm at 836 Dietsche Road, according to officials. There were roughly 250 cows inside, but most of them survived, according to Howard Young.

The collapse destroyed between 200 and 300 feet of building and trapped about 30 cows, according to the family. Several of the animals were killed instantly and several others had to be put down. No humans were hurt, they said.

The family said the Tuesday storm that dumped several feet of snow in the region brought strong wind shears to their property. The snow wasn't a major factor in the collapse, they said, because it slid "pretty easily" off of the barn roof.........

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U.S. Dairy Coverage From Mexico

U.S. dairy leaders are in Mexico City, so we created this one-stop resource page where you can find all the information you need about the trip, and more. 

MEXICO CITY -- Leaders of three U.S. dairy organizations traveled to Mexico this week to send a unified message of reassurance that the business partnership that has served both countries for so many years will continue.

Tom Vilsack, CEO and president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, joined Jim Mulhern, president of the National Milk Producers Federation, and Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in Mexico City.

We created this page as a one-stop resource where you can get all of the content related to the Mexico trip.

In photo below (from left to right), Mulhern, Vilsack and Dykes give one of several joint interviews to media organizations covering the event..........


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BioZyme® Hires Jeremy Roberts as Area Sales Manager in Montana

St. Joseph, MO – BioZyme Inc., announces that it has hired Jeremy Roberts as its Area Sales Manager in Montana. The Montana native, based out of Absarokee, will cultivate relationships with dealers and customers while promoting BioZyme’s many brands.
“I am looking forward to developing good relationships with producers while servicing the state of Montana,” Roberts said. “This is pretty much uncharted territory, so the sky’s the limit.”
In this position, Roberts is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting the company's dealer network across Montana. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart, Vita Charge®, DuraFerm and Vitalize ®.
Roberts offers more than 20 years of experience working with purebred cattle producers in the state, as he and his wife, Kate, recently operated their own custom fitting service, preparing cattle for numerous purebred sales in Montana. They also raise and sell show steers and have been users of BioZyme products on their own operation for several years. They have a 7-year-old son, Chael, and enjoy being involved in the cattle industry and showing cattle.
“Jeremy is native of Montana who has a strong work ethic with customer satisfaction being a top priority. His knowledge of the cattle business and his people skills make him a great asset for BioZyme,” said Mike Wadle, Northern National Sales Director for BioZyme.
To contact Roberts or for a full list of BioZyme Area Sales Managers, visit
About BioZyme® Inc.
BioZyme Inc., founded in 1951, develops and manufactures natural, proprietary products focused on animal nutrition, health and microbiology. With a continued commitment to research, BioZyme offers a complete line of feed additives and high density, highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for a variety of animals including cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and dogs. BioZyme brands include Amaferm®, AO-Biotics, Amasile, VitaFerm®, Gain Smart, Vita Charge®, Sure Champ®, Vitalize®, Digest More®, DuraFerm and Peets Feed. Headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, BioZyme reaches a global market of customers throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information about BioZyme, visit
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Celebrate National Ag Day, March 21, 2017.
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Breaking News! 

We have confirmed that Ray Starling - Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance will be speaking at the Ag Day Press Club event!

This event takes place on Tuesday, March 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Click here to register.

Full Schedule for National Ag Day:
Tuesday, March 21  

Press Club Event
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion
Smart Farming: Producing Sustainable, Nutritious Food for Life

Moderator: Greg Horstmeier, DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Chip Bowling, NCGA Chairman, USFRA Vice Chair, Maryland Crop Farmer
Lauren Schwab, USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching, Ohio Pig Farmer
Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
Beverly Flores, John Deere

Contest Winners & Outstanding Young Farmers Honored

Sponsored by AAEA, NAFB & USFRA

Taste of Ag Reception
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Capitol Visitor Center

Other Events in D.C.:

Monday, March 20
Agri-Pulse Reception
5:30- 7:30 p.m.  
National Press Club 
More information at

Wednesday, March 22
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Seminar
10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. 

The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050: Plant Breeding and Genetics

Speakers: Dr. Stephen Baenziger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Dr. Rita Mumm. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Ag Day Blog

Click here to check out the 2017 Ag Day Blog! Check back often as more articles will be published right up until Ag Day.
Ag Day Essay
Contest Winners

Congratulations to Bridger Gordon, the written essay winner, and Hadassah McKinley, the video essay winner. Click here to view the winning entries.
Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Sue Tebow, agri.CULTURE, who was named the 2017 winner of the Charles Eastin Award! 
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Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tana Elliott, Etna Green, IN! Take a lookat the winning photo.
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Removal of Heavy Snow Loads
from Barn Roofs

By: Curt A. Gooch, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University

​The recent accumulation of snow in many areas throughout New York State has caused some agricultural buildings to fail. Failure can be the result of several items linked to the snow load present on the building. These items include but are not limited to:

  • Improper building design
  • Improper building construction
  • Actual snow load exceeds design snow load
  • Imbalance of snow load on roof
  • Failure of one key member causing others to fail as a
    result of load transfer (domino effect)

Pre-engineered post frame agricultural buildings are designed to withstand a certain level of wind and snow loading and should withstand any snow loads that are below the “design value.” For example, if the given snow load is 30 lbs. per square foot acting on the building and it was designed for a design load of 40 lbs. per square foot, then there should be no load carrying problem.

Unfortunately, there are agricultural buildings that have not been designed for any particular loading at all. These buildings have a much higher probability of failing as a result of the current snow accumulations we are seeing.

So, how do we know if a building is going to fail? For a pre-engineered building, we can check the actual snow load on the building against the design snow load. If the actual load is less then the design load, then failure is not eminent. Table 1 can be used as a guide to estimate the snow load on a barn.

snow table cvent
Compare the table value against the design value to see where you stand. The table cannot be used for a non-engineered structure.

Wood structures will show stress before they fail unlike metal structures that usually will not. For a wood structure, the following audible and or visual signs may be noticed prior to failure:

  • Creaking or moaning in the building
  • Bowing of truss bottom chords or web members
  • Bowing of rafters or purlins
  • Bowing of headers or columns

If these signs are present, consideration may be given to evacuating animals from the barn and it is certainly recommended to evacuate all humans from the structure.

One option commonly considered to relieve loading from the barn is to shovel the roof. Experienced individuals who are properly trained and protected should only do this. Attempting to save a barn is not worth risking lives over. 

Shoveling the roof without the proper approach may actually cause more damage than good by creating an unbalanced load on the roof.

March 15, 2017
Removal of significant snow accumulations off of a barn roof is best performed in a systematic way to reduce the risk of injury or death to both barn occupants and those working on the roof. Removing roof snow without a proper approach may actually cause more damage than if left alone in some cases by creating an unbalanced and/or concentrated roof load. 

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MEXICO CITY –The leaders of three major U.S. dairy organizations Wednesday promised to continue a strong commitment to their time-tested partnership with Mexico’s dairy industry and consumers.

“We have always seen Mexico as a partner first and a customer second,” U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) President and CEO Tom Vilsack told Mexican dairy leaders attending the National Dairy Forum in Mexico City. “That’s why we intend to continue working with you and your industry to expand the consumption of dairy products in a way that benefits both countries.”

“Mexico is our friend, ally and most important trading partner,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “Our goal this week in visiting Mexico is to communicate our steadfast commitment to our partnership with the Mexican industry, even as we continue to explore ways to deepen that relationship by working on issues of mutual benefit.”

“The United States proudly provides the majority of imported dairy products to Mexican consumers,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, which represents dairy food companies and their suppliers. “We strongly believe that it’s in the best interest of both countries to preserve and enhance our excellent trade relationship, now and in the future.”

Vilsack and Mulhern spoke at the Femeleche conference here, which brought together Mexican dairy industry leaders, farmers and government officials. As part of the coordinated message of collaboration and partnership with Mexico, the three CEOs of the leading U.S. dairy policy organizations are also meeting with a variety of government officials, including the Mexican Minister of Agriculture and the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

The reassurance from U.S. dairy leaders comes during a time of political uncertainty on both sides of the border.

Since NAFTA became law in 1994, U.S. dairy exports to Mexico have more than quadrupled to $1.2 billion. That makes Mexico the U.S. dairy industry’s No. 1 export market, accounting for nearly one-fourth of all U.S. dairy exports last year.

Put another way, exports to Mexico require the milk of 345,000 American cows. They create approximately 30,000 U.S. jobs, according to USDA, and $3.6 billion in U.S. economic impact.

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PA Holstein Convention Sale Updates

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Lot 1    Negative BVD-PI, Anaplasmosis, Leucosis, Johnes & Neospora

Lot 2    One female to select from the choice. Big, Black & Beautiful. Buyer Satisfactionm Guaranteed!

Lot 3    Negative BVD

Lot 4    Pregnant. Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 5    Negative BVD-PI

Lot 6    Pregnant. Negative BVD-ACE


Lot 8    Choice expanded to include 1 implant for December 2017 plus future implants for March 2018. Buyer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Lot 9    Sweet Package now Sells:  Rapture is pregnant & due w/ ultrasound male AND 1st Choice of 2 Doorman female daughters of Rapture due June 6, 2017. Very nice chance at 19th and 20th Generation of Excellent!

Lot 10  Sells DRY & Pregnant. Her complete record 2-04 2x 365d 23948m 3.5 848 3.2 768. She’s negative BVD-PI

Lot 11  Negative BVD

Lot 12  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 13  Negative BVD-PI

Lot 14  Negative BVD-PI. Her dam is now VG-85 VG-MS @ 1-11

Lot 15  Negative BVD

Lot 17  Entered for Spring Show. Negative BVD, J & N

Lot 18  Entered for Spring Show. Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 19  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD-Ace & L. Her dam is now VG-85 & VG-MS @ 2-4

Lot 20  Two heifer calves were born 3-3 and 3-4-17 to pick from. Healthy & Beautiful

Lot 21  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 22  Negative BVD-ACE. Pregnant

Lot 23  Negative BVD

Lot 24  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 25  OUT

Lot 26  Selling Milk&Honey Sirwod Europe-ET 840003139852058 Born 12-4-16 Negative BVD-PI

Lot 27  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 28  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 29  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD-PI

Lot 30  Negative BVD

Lot 31  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 32  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD-Ace, A, L, J & N

Lot 33  Four transfers were implanted on 3-2-17. Dam of choice is an Aftershock

Lot 34  Negative BVD Fresh 3-1-17

Lot 35  Pregnant. Negative BVD

Lot 36  Negative BVD, L, A, J & N

Lot 38  Now registered as Downtoearth Highlight-ET 840003134562889

Lot 39  Pregnant. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 40  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 41  Pregnant. Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 42  Negative BVD

Lot 43  Negative BVD

Lot 44  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 45  Registration is complete as listed. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 46  Pregnant. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 47  Pregnant. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 48  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 49  Negative BVD-Ace, A, L, J & N

Lot 50 Negative BVD-Ace, A, L, J & N

Lot 51  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD

Lot 52  Negative BVD-PI

Lot 53  Negative BVD-PI

Lot 54  Negative BVD-Ace. Pregnant w/ US female. Dam is now VG-88 & Gr’dam is EX-91

Lot 55  Pregnant. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 56, 57, Lot 58 and Lot 59            All OUT

Lot 60  Negative BVD-Ace, L, A, J & N

Lot 61  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD & J

Lot 62  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 63  Pregnant. Negative BVD

Lot 64  Now registered as Windy-Knoll-View BChanel-ET 840003127381829 Negative BVD-PI

Lot 65  Negative BVD Milking 73# 3.7f 3.1p SCC 29,000 DHIA 23-15-0218 Index #717

Lot 66  Fresh 2-15-17

Lot 67  Negative BVD-PI

Lot 68  Pregnant. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 69  Now VG-88 3yr. Milking 111# 5.2f 2.9p SCC 0 DHIA 50-10-0104 Index 1085, Negative BVD-Ace. Too Close to Check.

Lot 70  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 71  Pregnant.

Lot 72  Registration complete. Negative BVD. Her dam is now EX-90 EX-MS & 91-F&L. Milking 100# 4.4f

Lot 73  Negative BVD Bred 3-3-17 to Arvis 551H3100

Lot 74  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 75  Negative BVD

Lot 76  Pregnant. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 77  Negative BVD, A, J, L & N.

Lot 78  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 79  Negative BVD-PI Bred 3-12-17 to Diamondback

Lot 80  OUT

Lot 81  Now registered Tom-Glow Redneck Rave-RED 840003138740382

Lot 82  Entered for Spring Show. Negative BVD. RIP 2-2 2x 76d 4738m 4.0f 190 2,9 138 Milking 72# 3.4f 2.9p SCC 17000 Pregnant Due 11-18-17 to Doorman. Her dam’s record 5-3 2x 365 30876 3.9 1191 3.1 960

Lot 83  Pregnant. Negative BVD

Lot 84  Negative BVD

Lot 85  & Lot 86          BOTH OUT

Lot 87  Negative BVD

Lot 88  Negative BVD-PI. RIP 2-5 2x 78D 6451 4.7 302f 2.8 182p Milking 91# 4.3f 2.8p SCC 6 Bred 2-24-17 to Loyola-P 507H12708 (sexed)

Lot 89  Now registered as Glamourview Lennon Tony-TW 840003138383047

Lot 90  Negative BVD, J, A, L & N. Bled off 3-13-17

Lot 91  OUT

Lot 92  Entered for Spring Show. Negative BVD & J. Milking 81# 3.2f 2.7p SCC 2 Sweet Jr 2!!

Lot 93  Entered for Spring Show Negative BVD. RIP 2-1 2x 98d 7025 3.6 255f 3.0 209p Milking 70# 3.9f 3.0p SCC 20,000. Pregnant. Her dam’s RIP 5-5 2x 118d 10828 3.2 350 3.0 330

Lot 94  Now registered as Orcherdhill Defiant Rebel 144072424. Negative BVD-PI

Lot 95  Pregnant. Negative BVD

Lot 96  Negative BVD-Ace

Lot 97  Negative BVD, L, A, J & N. Milking 85# 3.2f 2.6p SCC 1

Lot 98  Negative BVD-PI

Lot 99  OUT

Lot 100            Negative BVD-PI. RIP 2-2 2x 88d 5820 4.1 240f 2.6 123p Milking 80# 4.0F 2.6p SCC 0 Bred 2-24-17 to Diamondback

Lot 101            Now Registered as STonehurst Defiant Sandy-RED born 3-12-16

Lot 102            Negative BVD-PI

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 15, 2017- Holstein Association USA welcomes a new Regional Sales Representative to their team.  Regional Sales Representatives are located throughout the country and are focused on helping dairy producers increase profitability by using the Association’s services. 

Lacey Papageorge of Ogden, Utah, works with dairy producers in Colorado, Idaho and Utah. Papageorge, a 2016 graduate from Utah State University, holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with emphasis in dairy, and a minor in Agriculture Business. Before joining the Association, she had interned in the dairy nutrition industry and at the Utah State 4-H office.  

“Regional Sales Representatives provide support for products and services to our members and help to assist dairies in implementing new technologies on their farm. They are essential to our membership,” says Steve Peterson, National Sales Manager. 

Along with Papageorge, there are eighteen other Regional Sales Representatives representing the Association in the field. These dairy experts help producers utilize Association programs to improve their herds and increase their bottom lines. To find which Regional Sales Representative covers your area or contact the Representative, visit

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Great news. We have an upcoming 1-day opportunity to drive additional AmazonSmile donations for National Dairy Shrine.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) surveyed over 10,000 customers to measure perceptions of quality and value across retailers nationwide, and Amazon ranked #1.

In celebration of this recognition—and to say thank you to our customers for their support—on Thursday, March 16 only, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times our usual donation rate) of the price of eligible products customers purchase at This offer begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time, and expires at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

On Thursday, March 16, share the message below on social media, your website, and in email to increase donations to National Dairy Shrine. (Please do not share this promotion outside your organization until Thursday, March 16.)

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to National Dairy Shrine. Get started at

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