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Minnesota Milk Minute - March 4, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

March 4, 2016

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

In This Issue

Are You Registered Yet for Dairy Day at the Capitol?

CNN Article on Immigrants' Work for Dairy Farms Includes Farmer Comments

Water Summit Attracts 800 Participants

New Tail Docking Resource from ADSA

Farm Business Succession & Estate Planning Workshop March 9

Spring Load Restrictions Added

Deadline for Crop Insurance Approaches


Upcoming Events

March 16 - Dairy Day at the Capitol

Featured Members

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


Midwest Machinery Company

Dairyland Supply, Inc.

First District Association

Merck Animal Health

Centra Sota Cooperative

JBS United

Are You Registered Yet for Dairy Day at the Capitol?

​Minnesota Milk’s Dairy Day at the Capitol is just over a week away! 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. Learn more.

CNN Article on Immigrants' Work for Dairy Farms Includes Farmer Comments (CNN)

While it was posted on January 26, social media sharing on how important immigrants are to dairy farms has continued to circulate on social media over the past weeks. CNN posted the video, which featured several dairy farmers speaking to the immigration issue, in the context of the upcoming presidential election. It quotes figures from the National Milk Producers Federation showing 41 percent of dairy farm workers are of foreign origin.

Water Summit Attracts 800 Participants (Worthington Daily Globe)

Environmentalists, business leaders, professors and others gathered for the Governor’s Water Summit Feb. 28, along with more than 30 lawmakers. Governor Mark Dayton convened the summit after reports indicating much of southwest Minnesota water is not safe for drinking or recreation. Rep. Paul Torkelson of Hanska said he felt Dayton was blaming farmers for pollution as the Summit opened, but Dayton told reporters that wasn’t the case. Comments and more from the Summit are posted online. Read more from the article.

New Tail Docking Resource from ADSA (American Dairy Science Association)

The recent announcement that tail docking will not be permitted after January 1, 2017, for dairies participating in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) program has led to a Journal of Dairy Science collection of articles on the practice. The set includes 10 articles published between 2000 and 2010 addressing the science that exists on tail docking. The Journal’s intent is to provide assistance to those who wish to be more informed on the subject. They can be viewed free of charge online at the Journal’s website.

Farm Business Succession & Estate Planning Workshop March 9 (Farm Business Management)

A free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm owners, families and beginning farmers will take place on Wed., March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Dave Goeller, deputy director of the North Central Risk Management Education Center in Nebraska, is the kickoff speaker. Topics will include contribution and compensation, balancing interests of on-farm and off-farm heirs, communication, analyzing cash flows, beginning farmer loans and tax credits, trusts, life estate deeds and other topics. A panel will include legal, accounting and lending experts, a counselor and farm business management personnel. Reservations are due March 4 to or 320-308-6641. For more information call Ken Thiesen 320-309-3293 or Jim Molenaar 320-309-3571.

Spring Load Restrictions Added (Minn. Dept. of Transportation)

The Department of Transportation says Spring Load Restrictions will begin in the NORTH CENTRAL zones on Tuesday, March 8. Winter Load Increases have already ended in zones to the south. Read more.

Deadline for Crop Insurance Approaches (Dairy Herd Management)

March 15 is the deadline for farmers in the Midwest to enroll corn and soybeans in the federal crop insurance program. If you enrolled last year, that coverage continues unless you decide to change your policy. Either way, now is the time for farmers to consider how much coverage they should purchase, according to Dustin Johnson of E-Hedger, who thinks farmers should buy substantial coverage. Read more.

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