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Minnesota Milk Minute - March 11, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

March 11, 2016

A reliable source of timely market information, news and current events. 

In This Issue

Weekly Legislative Recap

You Can Still Come to Dairy Day

Dave Buck Meets with Ag Secretary Vilsack

Dairy Women’s Event in Sauk Centre

Somatic Cell Counts Have Leveled Off

Replacement Strategy Dairy Meeting

Butter is Back; Checkoff Research Paying Off


Upcoming Events

March 16: Dairy Day at the Capitol

June 15-20: New York Dairy Tour

Featured Members

Special thanks to
Minnesota Milk
Associate Members.
This week’s featured members:

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Arnold’s of Kimball


United FCS

Hanson Silo Company

Weekly Minnesota Legislative Recap (Lucas Sjostrom)

​Minnesota’s session opened with a bang Tuesday morning as the first debate 13 minutes into session re-opened old rivalries. The debate came as mine workers in northern MN were to be given extended unemployment benefits, but a reduction in tax paid to the unemployment trust fund, both items were agreed to by both parties, but Democrats wanted a clean bill in the case of the mine workers.

That vote failed, and session continued with another early debate on Capitol building safety. Democrats argued the public should not be allowed in a construction zone, and an alternative site should have been selected, while Republicans said that modifications were needed during construction, reported the non-partisan Session Daily.

State of the State
On Wednesday night, Governor Mark Dayton provided his State of the State speech from the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center, due to Capitol construction. He touched on transportation, this session’s heavyweight bill that did not get completed in 2015, early-childhood education, water quality, the unemployment benefits for Iron Range steelworkers, racial inequity, bonding, clean energy, and why he didn’t think the surplus should go back through tax reductions.

Dayton’s new agriculture policy adviser has already reached out to Minnesota Milk to discuss our legislative agenda next week.

Agriculture news in week one
On Wednesday, Chair Pat Lunemann attended an Agri-Growth roundtable luncheon on transportation that invited House Chair Tim Kelly, Senate Chair Scott Dibble, and Commissioner Charles Zelle to talk about their hopes for the upcoming transportation bill. Without having a public debate on the details, both chairs touched on their hopes to get the bill done with something for everyone in 2016, while Commissioner Zelle, former owner of the Jefferson Lines bus company, stressed that a longer-range funding timeline provided great benefits and costs savings for departmental planning.

Bills of note that were introduced:
• HF 2711 – Establishing an animal abuser registry
• SF2230, SF2383, and SF2384 – all introduced to reinstate the MPCA citizens’ board

You Can Still Come: Dairy Day at the Capitol is Wednesday!

Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Day at the Capitol is upon us, and if you haven’t already registered, please consider joining us on Wed., March 16, to help your legislators understand the importance of dairy and your farm business. Visit our website for a revised schedule of events and to register. Learn more.

Minnesota Milk’s Dave Buck Meets with Ag Secretary Vilsack (WNAX)

Minnesota commodity group representatives met with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack this week, while Vilsack made a visit to the Twin Cities. Minnesota Milk’s vice president, Dave Buck, represented us for the discussion. He told the secretary the organization supports the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 Pacific Rim countries. Read more.

Dairy Women’s Event is Friday in Sauk Centre (Dairy Girl Network)

The Dairy Girl Network, a new effort to connect dairy women with one another for support and inspiration, is holding a regional Lunch & Learn event on Friday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sauk Centre at ElmerZ Event Center. Lunch and two great speakers, plus plenty of networking with dairy farm women, will be featured. The cost is $20. Read more and register.

Somatic Cell Counts Have Leveled Off (Hoard’s Dairyman)

After dropping by nearly 100,000 cells per milliliter from 2005 to 2012, somatic cell counts (SCC) have leveled off near 200,000 over the past four years. That’s according to an analysis of DHIA data.

Even though numbers haven’t budged in the past four years, the 200,000 levels still represent tremendous inroads in milk quality compared to previous years. Minnesota’s average SCC in DHIA-tested herds for 2015 was 245,000. Read more.

Dairy Meeting Monday Addresses Replacement Strategy (University of Minnesota Extension)

The Winter Dairy Series sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Dairy Initiatives is presenting the subject of Replacement Cost Strategy to Maximize Profit on Monday, March 14, from 12 Noon to 2:30 p.m. at the State Bank of New Prague. Jim Salfer, dairy educator, is the speaker. One session remains in the series, Impact of Soil Fertility on Forage Quality, in Jordan on April 11. Learn more. 

Butter is Back; Checkoff Research Paying Off (CNN)

Americans are using real butter again beyond just popcorn, as some reports indicate it may be good for you after all. That healthy-halo effect is being driven by the milkfat research done through the dairy farmer checkoff over the years. According to Dr. Greg Miller, the National Dairy Council’s chief science officer, the research has led to new thinking about fats in our diets. Consumption of margarine continues to plummet nationally as consumers seek to reduce the amount of trans fats, which have been linked to increased risk of heart disease. Listen to Dr. Miller, and read the CNN story.

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