April 27, 2017

CWT Assists with 2.3 Million Pounds of Cheese Export Sales

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 15 requests for export assistance from member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 2.335 million pounds (1,059 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses to customers in Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from April through July 2017.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 28.432 million pounds of American-type cheeses, and 1.427 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) to 12 countries on four continents. The sales are the equivalent of 294.464 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.



Canadian and US Dairy Industries Feud Over Milk

cowsTrade has been an issue of increasing importance since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Much of agriculture has been focused on NAFTA rules, Mexico, and corn, but there’s a new feud brewing between the US and Canada. This time over milk.  At the heart of the disagreement: an obscure quality rule regarding “ultra-filtered milk”, which Canada deems a Class 7.  The newly enforced rules have skyrocketed the price of importing US milk into Canada, leaving Grassland Dairy Products of Wisconsin telling 75 of it’s producers they will no longer have a place to sell their production come month end.

Dairy Farmers of Canada spokesperson Therese Beaulieu says protections for Canada’s dairy farmers were in place before the Class 7 pricing rule, but weren’t being enforced…tape

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She says Canada does not wish ill on Wisconsin farmers, but says there is nothing to blame Canada for…

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When asked about that response, US Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin had this to say:

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Baldwin, along with 2 senators from New York sent a letter to the administration about the situation last week, but Baldwin says not having an Ag Secretary in place has been a tremendous hurdle


2018 Farm Policy and Bill: Issues and Opportunities Conference – Audio

North Dakota State University’s Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies is hosting a farm bill conference in cooperation with representatives of North Dakota’s congressional delegation at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.

The event is sponsored by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Farmers Union and American Crystal Sugar.

roger_johnsonNational Farmers Union President Roger Johnson moderated a morning panel discusion on farm policy and what to expect in 2018.

Roger on Topics

Participants are discussing which programs worked in the 2014 farm bill, like the ARC or PLC programs, what could be changed or modified, and if there a need for a new farm policy.

Roger on Debate

Another question being asked in Fargo – will lawmakers get their work done on time regarding the new farm bill?

Roger on Completion

Other topics on the conference agenda include commodities and crop insurance programs, conservation, trade, and how past and present U.S. agricultural policies may influence future policies.