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In its mission to groom the next generation of dairy owners and managers, a regional educational program based in Clovis,N.M., this year adopted a nationwide focus.

The U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium (USDETC) — formerly known as the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium — started in 2008 to fill a growing gap in the teaching of large-herd management and economics in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. This regional emphasis was prompted by the closing of...

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More of the top 100 agricultural cooperatives are in Iowa than any other state, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The number of top 100 cooperatives in Iowa, 16, was up from 11 a decade ago.

“These statistics underscore what most Iowans already know — the state is extremely important to the nation’s agricultural economy,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Farmer-owned cooperatives play a major role in making it an agricultural...

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More than half of all dairy farms in the country have enrolled in the Margin Protection Program (MPP), according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

A part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the producer. According to USDA, more than 23,000 dairy operations signed up for the program.

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Dairy Farmers of America, along with six other companies, has partnered with Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) in an effort to ignite innovation in fluid milk and milk-based beverages to meet the growing demands of foreign and U.S. consumers.

These seven partners are committing an unprecedented investment to unlock innovation and put milk back in the center of the rapidly growing health and wellness beverage market.

The seven partners from across the supply chain are DFA, Darigold/...

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