ISU Agronomist Brian Lang reports:
Alfalfa is Included in Second Round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2)
Alfalfa is included under the “Flat-Rate Crops” category in CFAP 2 which includes crops eligible for a $15/acre payment for all acres certified to that commodity for 2020. FSA will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.
Listen to dairy team experts as they discuss important topics in the industry amid COVID-19
Dairy producers across Iowa have a new way of receiving information, thanks to a new podcast launched by dairy specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
“Dairy News & Views from Iowa State University” began recording in April, featuring timely topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and dairy production in general.
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Prior to COVID increased national dairy herd and increased production pointed to lower milk prices in the future. Generally, product stocks were increasing. However, with the CARES and HEROS aid programs, government purchases have begun to lower cheese stocks. Post COVID EU is purchasing powder and storing, begging if this will negatively affect world price when they start selling.
The flip side, is for seven months exports topped year-earlier levels according to the most recent USDEC report. In March, U.S. suppliers shipped 190,456 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat, two percent more than the year before. This is the highest figure since May 2018. On a solids basis, exports were up three percent. Meanwhile, the value of all exports was the most since August 2014 – $592 million, 10 percent more than a year ago.
Continue reading “Finding The New Normal”
Over the past two months dairy producers have seen clouds on the horizon, but nobody could have predicted the storm we are now facing. COVID-19 changed everything.
Increased cow numbers and production per cow signaled lower milk prices for the future, but the disruption caused by COVID-19 bottle-necked the pipeline and sent prices over the cliff. Processors saw buyers walk away from contracts, storage fill, and employees fall sick or not show up due to fears of catching the virus. They finally had to slow down the flow of raw milk coming into their plants. Letters went out to producers calling for production reductions, from seven to 20 percent. Now, producers are left asking how to reduce pounds they ship without destroying their “factories.”
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If you are wondering how to protect your farm, here are some ideas:
Access to the dairy farm by non-essential persons should be limited.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Wash your hands before you eat and after working in the milking parlor or other areas of the dairy.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, both on and off the dairy.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Ask the dairy manager or owner to keep the restrooms stocked with disinfectants and soap.
- Always wear milking gloves.
- Constantly change milking gloves.
- When you get home after working in the dairy, always take a shower and wash your work clothes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Keep the bathrooms and kitchen area in your workplace clean and disinfected.
- Social distancing should be practiced such as when there is a need to get supplies from a farm and feed store.
Jorge Delgado Alltech’s dairy employee training expert, put together fact sheets in Spanish and English that can help all employees understand the virus and what they can do to help prevent it on the farm.
Covid19 Protecting your Dairy Spanish EMAIL
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Dairy Employees_Jorge Delgado
The Dairy Facilities Design and Management Field Day scheduled for March 31 on Jones Dairy near Milford, IA has been cancelled due to an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of all concerning COVID-19.
No date for rescheduling has been set, but information will be posted as the decision is made.
The rural Larchwood dairy operation recently received the 2019 Iowa Venture Award in recognition of its significant contributions to Iowa’s economy through entrepreneurial leadership, innovation and the creation of job opportunities.
The full article at nwestiowa.com can be found here
Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approved reforms to tighten rules to prevent plant-based dairy alternatives from using dairy names. The amendments will now be studied and discussed by the Chamber of Senators. It is not clear how the action will effect imports.
The complete story is here.
The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host “Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management” as a part of their annual Dairy Directions program on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Orange City and the Keystone AEA in Elkader.
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