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For the third year in a row, Americans in 2013 purchased more butter than margarine, signaling a resurgence of the once-popular dairy product.

As reported in The Wall Street Journal, Americans this year are expected to eat an average of 5.6 pounds of butter, which equals 22.5 sticks for every man, woman and child. This would bring butter consumption to 892,000 tons, an amount not seen since World War II.

Americans in 2013 spent $2 billion on butter compared with $1.8 billion...

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Three universities and multiple cooperative extension services will share $6 million in federal funds for the development of materials and training that will educate producers about the 2014 Farm Bill.

Of interest to dairy farmers, the University of Illinois has prepared online tools for the implementation of the Margin Protection Program (MPP), which will allow DFA members and others to decide for themselves how much volume they want protected and at what margin. MPP calculators from...

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Dairy Farmers of America retained the No. 6 spot in an annual survey of global dairy companies.

Rabobank, a multinational banking and financial services cooperative with headquarters in the Netherlands, released its survey July 9 of the world’s top 20 dairy companies based on 2013 financial numbers. Holding the top position was Switzerland-based Nestle, followed by Danone and Lactalis, both with corporate offices in France.

DFA was also ranked No. 6 in last year’s survey.

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After nearly five years of tireless effort by dairy leaders, cooperatives, producer organizations and others, the 2014 Farm Bill is complete and brings with it major reforms to dairy policy.

The goal of a coalition of diverse dairy groups, which was assembled in late 2009, was to develop policy that would provide a measure of protection against the catastrophic loss experienced in the low price cycle that began impacting farmers earlier that year.

Although the final...

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