Annual Workshop for Dairy Economists and Policy Analysts

Posted on May 4, 2015

The 22nd Annual Workshop for Dairy Economists and Policy Analysts was held in Portland, Oregon on April 30 to May 1. Topics including dairy farm financial risk and the consideration of a California Federal Milk Marketing Order were presented by speakers and commented on by panelists and attendees. You can download PDFs of the presentations here.

New Podcast

Posted on April 22, 2015

Mark Stephenson and Bob Cropp weigh several factors for this month's milk price forecast. Domestic demand is strong, but so is milk production in the Northeast and Upper Midwest. Milk production is also strong in other countries around the world but CWT has been helping move U.S. product into the export pipeline. You can see where it all sorts out in this month's podcast. The video is about 11 minutes long and you can access it from the Podcast section of the web site.

New Publication

Posted on April 20, 2015

On April 9th the US Department of Agriculture sent out a notice of the first payment under the new Margin Protection Program. Although the payment was minimal for the $8.00 coverage level, the notice also contained information about a payment reduction of 7.3% as a result of sequestration. Many of us had forgotten that sequestration could rear its head in the current fiscal year. A new brief publication by Andrew Novakovic explains the process and why it is in place now.