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Minnesota Milk Minute - June 10, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

June 10, 2016

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

In This Issue

Special Session Agreement Proves Elusive

Escape with Minnesota Milk!

Deadline Approaches for Minnesota Milk Scholarships

Domestic Cheese Sales Growing; Yet Cheese Inventories Worrisome for Markets

General Mills Helps with Transition to Organic

Expanded Options Established for Buffer Law


Upcoming Events

June 20 - Deadline for Minnesota Milk scholarship applications

July 14 - Minnesota Milk Summer Escape

Featured Members

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

AgStar Financial Services

Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council

Provimi North America

Zoske's Sales & Service Inc.

Farm-Rite Equipment, Inc.


Special Session Agreement Proves Elusive (Daryn McBeth, Gray Plant Mooty)

​On Monday at midnight, Governor Dayton allowed the omnibus tax bill to lapse without his signature, resulting in a “pocket veto” of the final remaining four priorities of the 2016 regular Legislative Session. With the bonding bill failing to pass during the regular session, and no significant transportation projects funded or new revenue provided for roads and bridges, only the omnibus supplemental budget bill was successfully passed and signed into law.

The governor and legislative caucus leaders met briefly Tuesday to discuss whether agreement could be reached to convene a special session. The point of a special session would be to pass or repass a bonding bill, a tax bill and transportation funding – where there is probably 95 percent agreement among all caucuses and the governor. However, the remaining 5 percent disagreement is certainly enough to prevent a special session from coming together.

The disagreements involve funding for transit (Southwest Light Rail Line) and a handful of priorities Governor Dayton would like to see included in the bonding bill or that were not included in the already-signed supplemental budget bill. These include funding for the State Security Hospital in St. Peter, and University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system infrastructure and building requests.

The conferees to the bonding bill conference committee may convene next week in a public meeting to take testimony and review a bonding bill proposing roughly $1 billion in capital investments. This would lead into the next planned meeting of legislative caucus leaders and Governor Dayton Wednesday.

Because a super-majority of three-fifths of the legislature is required to pass a bonding bill, including members from minority parties in the House and Senate, a global agreement on a special session will be delicate to say the least.

Look for Minnesota Milk Minute updates for developments on a special session and any other legislative news affecting the Minnesota dairy industry.

Escape with Minnesota Milk!

The 2016 Minnesota Milk Summer Escape will be Thursday, July 14. Join us for a relaxing evening of food and fun as we enjoy a ride on the Magnolia Blossom down the Mississippi River. Boarding will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the boat will set off for the three-hour ride at 6 p.m. The cost is $40 per person, which includes both food and the boat ride. For more information on this fun networking opportunity, stay tuned to or call 763-355-9697. Online registration will be available soon.

Deadline Approaches for Minnesota Milk Scholarships

We’ll be awarding 10 $1,000 scholarships this year to students continuing their education within the dairy industry. At least two of the awards will go to students attending a two-year program. Applications are due Monday, June 20. Read more.

Domestic Cheese Sales Growing; Yet Cheese Inventories Worrisome for Markets (DFA, Dairy Herd Management)

Numbers from USDA show domestic consumption of total cheese recorded the 18th consecutive month of year-over-year growth, with total cheese consumption up 5 percent in April compared to a year ago. Still, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and USDA estimate if present trends continue, there could be a 31 billion-pound gap between the expected growth in U.S. milk production and domestic use by 2020. Robin Schmahl, a hedging specialist with AgDairy, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, says we are increasing production and increasing demand, and still building inventories. Current amounts of cheese in cold storage equal those of 1983, when cheese stored in Kansas City caves made headlines. Read more.

General Mills Helps with Transition to Organic (PR Newswire)

General Mills has announced a sourcing partnership with Organic Valley, intended to help about 20 dairy farms add roughly 3,000 acres to organic dairy production over the next three years. General Mills wants to double the organic acreage from which it sources ingredients by 2019. It’s the third largest maker of organic foods. Read more.

Expanded Options Established for Buffer Law (Minn. Dept. of Ag)

Minnesota farmers will have an additional way of meeting the state’s new Buffer Law requirements as the result of recent action taken by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Under the Buffer Law, farmers may use alternative water quality protection practices that are comparable to buffer protection. The BWSR Board recently passed a resolution affirming that certification in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program qualifies as an approved alternative water quality protection practice. This means farmers who become certified through the program will also be compliant with the state buffer law. Read more.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” -- Confucius


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