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At its annual meeting, the board of directors for National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) unanimously agreed that all member dairy marketing organizations must achieve 100 percent producer participation in the national Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program.

Now in its fifth year, the FARM program consists of practices that demonstrate farmers’ commitment to responsible animal care. In addition to dairy cooperatives, the program is open to individual farmers.

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DFA’s legislative team works closely with National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), of which DFA is a member, to advocate for dairy farmers’ interests on Capitol Hill. In the following, Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and chief executive officer, explains the legislative priorities for the dairy industry in 2015.

Any reference to Congress during the past two years often included the words “partisan gridlock” to describe why almost nothing of substance was accomplished on Capitol Hill....

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A proposed framework for the United States and Canada to cope with an outbreak of a serious foreign animal contagion has been endorsed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

The federation suggested the plan, drafted by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, was a template that could be applied to other important dairy export markets.

Under the plan, the United States and Canada would recognize efforts to control an...

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These days, compromise is difficult to find in the Washington, D.C., legislative process. Both sides of the political spectrum have found themselves mired with internal party challenges, making it difficult to reach across the aisle.

“Over the last few years, DFA has worked with its members to increase their comfort level and interest in engaging in policy issues that impact them on the farm,” says Jackie Klippenstein, DFA vice president of industry and legislative affairs. “The lack...

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