#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil

#Fridaysonthefarm: Louisiana Farmer Reaps benefits of Healthy Soil Follow USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s #Fridaysonthefarm interactive stories each Friday! Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where NRCS and partners help people help the land. This Friday, we meet Robbie Howard, who realized one of the biggest benefits of soil health is measured in time. Because now the soybean and corn farmer has more of it for his family and for his new found love – golf. Additional Resources: Learn more about soil health management. Find your local USDA

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2018

December 8, 2017 Political News Wisconsin Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2018 Farm Bureau delegates adopted the policies that will guide the legislative agenda for the state’s largest general farm organization in 2018. Resolutions were submitted by delegates as part of a grassroots policy development process. Read more… More Political News Farmers commend Senate action on tax reform AG Schimel fights to end California’s restrictive farming regulations Tax reform key to preserving our family farm Dairy industry calls on Congress to act on DACA Crop News Potato Researcher Wins Farm

December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas, NV

December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas, NV Click here to view the sale catalog! Click here to view the sale order! Click here to view the In vitro fertilization records! Click here to view Genomic records! Click here to view images of all lots to sell! The #1 and #2 GJPI heifers of the Jersey breed will be offered! We believe the highest GTPI heifer of the Holstein breed will be offered!   December 8, 2017 | Fun in the Sun “Vegas Style” | Las Vegas,

Air Emissions Update: Reporting Delayed Until at Least January 22, 2018

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Siemers Holsteins has an Exciting Classification

Siemers Holsteins has an Exciting Classification   Siemers Holsteins has recently classified with some exciting results. 21 new Excellent cows and 52 new VG-2YR olds were scored. Below are some more highlights: Exciting Excellents: SIEMERS MERIDIAN BOMBI-ET EX-93 @4-11 (Meridian x EX-94 Shottle Bombi) SIEMERS DMAN FROSTLANE-ET EX-90 (Doorman x EX-94 Atwood x EX-97 Harvue Roy Frosty) +3.88T Byway Daughter in our flush program SIEMERS OLYN APPLELINI-ET EX-90 (Olympian x EX-91 Siemers Mogul Apple-Star x EX Shottle) Brothers in AI: Agent-Red, Apple-Crisp *RC, Army *RC, Overwing *RC Exciting 2-YR Olds:

Pedigree Analysis of 2017 National Holstein Show Winners Now Online

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Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett Obituary

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DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW PLANT IN GARDEN CITY

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New EPA Guidance May Require Reporting of Air Emissions

New EPA Guidance May Require Reporting of Air Emissions Last week EPA released guidance in response to a court decision that struck down EPA’s rule exempting livestock farms from emissions reporting requirements for certain hazardous substances regulated under federal law, such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. Now that there is no regulatory exemption, the deadline for farms that surpass EPA’s emissions threshold to notify federal officials of emissions is November 15, 2017. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to clean up industrial chemical toxic waste dumps, spills

Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA’s Communications Team

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Michigan farmers watching closely as tax reform continues to evolve

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National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recommends dairies DO NOT report air emissions just yet By: Karl Czymmek and Curt Gooch Late yesterday afternoon, PRO-DAIRY staff spoke with NMPF legal counsel. There is a lot going on to address a range of concerns generated by EPA’s emission reporting deadline under CERCLA that was announced on 10-26-17. EPA has filed a motion requesting that the court extend the stay on its mandate to end the 2008 exemption, which will trigger the reporting requirement. Specifically, the court asked for the November 15, 2017

CDCB changes to evaluation system (December 2017)

CDCB changes to evaluation system (December 2017)   Publication of AH2 – Second haplotype affecting Ayrshire fertility by Daniel Null, John Cole, Jay Megonigal and Ezequiel Nicolazzi. Starting December 2017, the CDCB will publish the second Ayrshire haplotype affecting fertility. The publication of this important information for the Ayrshire breed is possible thanks to the research led by AGIL researches and the cooperation with CDN, who confirmed the preliminary results obtained in the US population. Dan Null’s presentation at ADSA2017 can be found here. AH2 information will be shared using

In time for winter: New large calf blankets by Udder Tech, Inc. 

In time for winter: New large calf blankets by Udder Tech, Inc.  Lakeville, Minn. – Udder Tech, Inc. announces new large size calf blankets available just in time for winter weather. “Each year we receive special order requests for larger size calf blankets,” says Dana Casto, Udder Tech business manager. “We are excited to announce the large size is now available through our catalog and website.” The new large size calf blankets are a great option for larger, more growthy-type calves, older calves and for those that

Where ARC Thou Program Payments, Part Deux

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Are you protecting your farm?

Are you protecting your farm? If you don’t protect it, who will? Be proactive and prepared – protect your dairy’s brand.   In a NEW on-farm format, join fellow dairy farmers at Pagels Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee County or Boon Farms in Clark County. Why other farm owners and managers have attended: – Needed a go-to crisis plan, in case of an incident – Wanted to be confident, when working with the media – Had social media accounts, but didn’t have content and resources to manage – Always tried to

Monthly Dairy Video Sale Market Report for Friday, November 3, 2017

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Sara Kitchen Joins Select Sires as Communications Specialist

Sara Kitchen Joins Select Sires as Communications Specialist   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, November 6, 2017 — Select Sires Inc. has hired Sara Kitchen as communications specialist. In this role, she will manage the writing and production of Select Sires’ customer newsletter, Selections; coordinate all press releases; and work closely with the sales and marketing team to promote Select Sires’ many programs and services. Kitchen, a native of Pennsylvania, will join the corporate communications team on November 15. “Sara’s experiences and specialized talents make her a valuable addition to the corporate

New England Holstein Convention Shows Off Maine Farms

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Select Sires is Home to Nearly 50% of Sires on Holstein’s Top 100 TPI List

Summer Internships Available at Select Sires

Summer Internships Available at Select Sires   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, November 3, 2017 — Select Sires Inc., has announced plans to offer five summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2018. Positions are available within the following departments: sales and marketing, communications, semen processing, information systems and veterinary, with applications due by January 1, 2018. “Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important in helping college students prepare for full-time employment upon graduation,” says Dave Thorbahn, Select Sires president

Dairy group appeals to lawmakers on license plate slogan

Dairy group appeals to lawmakers on license plate slogan   Today, the Dairy Business Association sent the attached letter to all members of the state Legislature in response to proposed legislation by Rep. Scott Allen that would do away with “America’s Dairyland” as the slogan on Wisconsin motor vehicle license plates. Also attached are Rep. Allen’s bill and an email from him seeking co-sponsors. Click Here for the License plate bill by Rep. Allen Click Here for the Rep. Allen’s Cosponsorship Email   Mike North’s Letter: Members of Wisconsin Legislature Wisconsin State

2017 Holiday Harvest Sale

2017 Holiday Harvest Sale The Holiday Harvest Sale will be Thursday, December 21st at 10:30 a.m. EST featuring elite genomic and type offerings from leading cow families of the breed. Exciting offerings include: ·       Several genomic opportunities sell over 2800 GTPI up to 2858 GTPI ·       Many lots sell over 900 NM up to 970 NM ·       Over 20 Delta Daughters Sell of all ages, many fresh! ·       Opportunities for Breeders and Dairymen to make great investment   We are now accepting consignments for the Holiday Harvest Sale.  Contact Jason

IDW 2018 Now Open for Show Entries

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PRO-DAIRY e-Alert: New Air Emissions Reporting Info

        – e‑Alert PRO-DAIRY e-Alert: New Air Emissions Reporting Info November 2, 2017 Air Emission Reporting – Update 1: New information on the air emissions reporting issue The following is provided as an update to our 11/1/17 e-Alert article. This update includes how to find out if your farm signed the EPA Compliance Agreement in 2005, what National Milk is doing on this topic, and what actions a farm could do now if they didn’t participate in the Agreement. What if the farm is unsure if they

NMPF Celebrates Industry Collaboration and Innovation at 101st Annual Meeting in California

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Checkoff Leaders Highlight Keys To Industry’s Future at Annual Meeting

Checkoff Leaders Highlight Keys To Industry’s Future at Annual Meeting Focus on increased consumption, export potential, checkoff partnerships’ impact, and building trust   ANAHEIM, Calif. – The checkoff’s mission of growing sales and building trust is key to assuring a prosperous future for the dairy industry, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) CEO Tom Gallagher said during the 2017 joint annual meeting of the United Dairy Industry Association, National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in Anaheim, Calif. Speaking to more than 800 dairy farmers and industry

New Workbook Published by Holstein Foundation

New Workbook Published by Holstein Foundation   BRATTLEBORO, Vt., November 2, 2017- The Holstein Foundation is excited to announce the new workbook for young dairy enthusiasts, “Milking and Lactation.” This resource serves as a guide for youth, their parents and dairy project leaders, and those who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of dairy cattle lactation. “Milking and Lactation” covers a wide array of topics from understanding the lactation curve to hormone function, milking equipment and systems, udder anatomy, and milking procedures. To download the workbook for free, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/workbook_orders.html.

Early Bird Extended for Calf & Heifer Congress Registration 2017

Early Bird Extended for Calf & Heifer Congress Registration 2017 The annual Calf & Heifer Congress is only 5 weeks away! Great line up of upcoming and nationally known speakers including Mike Ballou of Texas Tech, Mike Overton from Elanco and Cornell’s own Mike Van Amburgh and Julio Giordano. Save $50 and take advantage of the extended “early bird discount”, register on-line by November 6. Go to https://nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=563 Calf & Heifer Congress – 2017 “Rising Above the Challenges … nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu Calf & Heifer Congress – 2017 “Rising Above the Challenges” December 6

Important Air Emissions Reporting Update – Action May Be Required

        – e‑Alert November 1, 2017 Important Air Emissions Reporting Update – Action May Be Required Late last week, EPA announced that certain US Dairy Farms are no longer exempt from ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions reporting requirements. The new reporting deadline for farms that exceed emissions threshold is November 15, 2017. On April 11, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down EPA rules issued in December 2008 exempting dairy and livestock farms from air emissions reporting requirements. All such

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Announces Increased Third Quarter 2017 Results

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Announces Increased Third Quarter 2017 Results Farmer-owned cooperative reports net quarterly earnings of $47.5 million, up from previous year ARDEN HILLS, Minn., Nov. 1, 2017/PRNewswire/ — Land O’Lakes, Inc. today announced increased third quarter 2017 financial results with quarterly net earnings of $47.5 million, up from third quarter net earnings in 2016 of $8.1 million. Similarly, year-to-date net earnings were also higher at $270.4 million on sales of $10.2 billion versus net earnings of $246.4 million on sales of just under $10 billion for the same time period

USDA Butter Grade Label Explained

USDA Butter Grade Label Explained Trouble viewing this email? View it as a webpage. USDA Butter Grade Label Explained It’s the time of year when many of us start thinking about holiday baking and cooking. Whether it’s roasting a turkey with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner or batches of cookies and other baked goods to share with loved ones, butter is often a key ingredient in our favorite recipes. Today, we released a new infographic that gives you a snapshot about butter grading, types and uses. Check It Out

NMPF Building Support in Congress to Approve DAIRY PRIDE Act, Force FDA to Take Action on Mislabeled Dairy Imitators

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Dairy Farmer Leader Receives Prestigious Lyng Award

Dairy Farmer Leader Receives Prestigious Lyng Award North Dakota’s Jerry Messer Recognized for Contributions to Dairy Promotion   ANAHEIM, Calif. – The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) honored Jerry Messer as the 2017 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. Messer, a dairy farmer from Richardton, N.D., was recognized at the Joint NDB/National Milk Producers Federation/ United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. The award is named for former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Richard E.

AGCO Reports Third Quarter Results

AGCO Reports Third Quarter Results   AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, reported net sales of approximately $2.0 billion for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of approximately 12.8% compared to the third quarter of 2016. Reported net income was $0.76 per share for the third quarter of 2017, and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, was $0.79 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $0.50 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, of $0.51 per share

Important Air Emissions Reporting Update – Action May Be Required

        – e‑Alert November 1, 2017 Important Air Emissions Reporting Update – Action May Be Required Late last week, EPA announced that certain US Dairy Farms are no longer exempt from ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions reporting requirements. The new reporting deadline for farms that exceed emissions threshold is November 15, 2017. On April 11, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down EPA rules issued in December 2008 exempting dairy and livestock farms from air emissions reporting requirements. All such

Three U.S. dairy producers experience the luck of the Irish with the Alltech & KEENAN Great Green Getaway sweepstakes

Three U.S. dairy producers experience the luck of the Irish with the Alltech & KEENAN Great Green Getaway sweepstakes Ashley Irvin from Tennessee, Hans Greisen from Wisconsin, and Mary Van Rossum from Wisconsin, were selected by a live, random draw during the 2017 World Dairy Expo to win a trip for two to Ireland for the week of St. Patrick’s Day 2018 – For three U.S. dairy producers, the luck of the Irish was on their side when their names were selected in a live, random draw for

DCRC reschedules December webinar on genomics

DCRC reschedules December webinar on genomics   New Prague, Minn. (October 31, 2017) – The December Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar will address the use of genomics in commercial dairy farms. It has been re-scheduled to Dec. 8 and will begin at 1 p.m. Central Time. Francisco Peñagaricano, genetics and genomics assistant professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., will present the webinar in Spanish. During the “Use of Genomics in Commercial Dairy Farms” webinar, Peñagaricano will discuss: Basic concepts of dairy cattle selection Effective use of genomics