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Minnesota Milk Minute - January 29, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

January 29, 2016

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

In This Issue

Dairy Farmers Encouraged to Attend Evironmental Listening Session

Water Summit Scheduled for Feb. 27

'Natural' Label Concern Could Affect Cheese

FREE Dairy Management Workshops

Dairy Outlook Scheduled for Foley Meeting

Forecast Your Own Milk Price

Upcoming Events

Feb 3 - Midwest Dairy/MN Milk Dairy Meeting, 10:30 am, Henry's, Foley

Dairy Management Workshops:

Rochester- Tues, Feb 16

Perham- Wed, Feb 17

Hutchinson- Thur, Feb 18

March 16 - Dairy Day at the Capitol

Featured Members

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

Land O'Lakes

DeLaval, Inc.

Minnesota Select Sires

Virtus Nutrition

Dairy Farmers Encouraged to Attend Environmental Listening Session

​The Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Finance committee, chaired by Representative Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) is hosting several Environmental Listening Sessions next week. Dairy farmers are encouraged to attend and share concerns related to land, water and wildlife laws and regulations, including those set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

  • Wed, Feb 3: D&R Café (27 Central St W, Bagley, MN 56621) from 9-11 am. 
  • Wed, Feb 3: Thief River Falls City Hall (405 3rd St E, Thief River Falls, MN 56701) from 1-3pm
  • Thurs, Feb 4: Chokio Fire Hall (221 Main St, Chokio, MN 56221) from 10am-12pm.
  • Thurs, Feb 4: Renville County Administration Building (105 S 5th St, Olivia, MN 56277) from 2-4pm.

Water Summit Scheduled for Feb. 27 (State of Minnesota)

Registration is now open for the Governor’s Water Summit, which will take place on Saturday, February 27, at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront. The summit will focus public attention on the challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies – in both rural and urban areas of the state – and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. The summit will bring together water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders. People are also encouraged to take this online survey, whether or not they attend. Read more.

Editor’s Note: We just discovered the registration is full so there is a wait list to attend. You are still encouraged to register to be placed on the wait list. This is also why it’s so important for you to take the survey above and let the Governor know rural Minnesota’s position on water quality challenges and possible solutions.

'Natural' Label Concern Could Affect Cheese (IDFA)

The Food and Drug Administration has been looking into the use of the word ‘natural’ on food labels, which could impact cheese. This week, Consumer Reports issued a release promoting the findings of a survey regarding consumer perceptions of the word “natural” on food labels. National media such as USA today have picked up the story. The International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) response is that the term ‘natural cheese’ has been used for decades to distinguish these types of cheeses from pasteurized process cheese. IDFA believes consumer understanding of the term “natural” depends upon the context in which the term is used.

FREE Dairy Management Workshops Kick off Feb. 16

Minnesota Milk Producers’ annual Dairy Management Workshops begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Rochester at the International Event Center. The agenda includes a panel on solutions to ag plastics and recycling, followed by ideas to raise profits during low prices. A legislative update, and the dairy, beef and grain situation and outlook is also part of the agenda. Additional dates and locations include Perham on Wed., Feb. 17, at The Cactus, and Hutchinson on Thurs., Feb. 18 at the Crow River Winery. Thanks to the generous contributions of Minnesota Milk producer and associate members, these workshops are now FREE for everyone. Read more.

Dairy Outlook Scheduled for Foley Meeting

Dr. Marin Bozic from the University of Minnesota will provide his dairy, beef and grain situation and outlook report this Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Foley, courtesy of Minnesota Milk. The meeting, held in conjunction with the Midwest Dairy checkoff meeting, takes place beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Henry’s Event Center, and concludes with a complimentary lunch at 12:30 p.m. To RSVP, call 1-877-577-0741. A full schedule for additional checkoff meetings and more information is available here.                  

Forecast Your Own Milk Price (AgWeb)

Brian Gould at the University of Wisconsin has developed a spreadsheet tool as a customized mailbox milk price predictor. It allows you to enter your butterfat, protein and hauling charges, volume and/or quality premiums to calculate your farm’s historic mailbox price bases compared to Class III and IV monthly announced prices. Read more.

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” -- Terry Pratchett, Diggers


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