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The FDA and USDA said they remain committed to facilitating the efficient exporting of milk and milk products. Pic: Getty Images/Andrei Stanescu

FDA and USDA sign MOU to facilitate dairy exports

By Jim Cornall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable the agencies to support the export of US milk and milk products worldwide.

ERS data show American dairy per capita consumption is increasing each year. Pic: Getty Images/bernardbodo

IDFA says USDA data show Americans eating more dairy

By Jim Cornall

New data from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) on annualized per capita consumption of dairy point to cheese, butter and yogurt categories driving growth in the dairy sector, which reached a record high in 2019.

The database is a resource for state and local milk regulatory and rating agencies, and the dairy industry. Pic: Getty Images/gorodenkoff

FDA launches Grade “A” Milk Search System

By Jim Cornall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched the Grade “A” Milk Search (GAMS) System, a new tool that allows stakeholders to search the FDA’s online Grade “A” Milk Memoranda database.

The FSA has issued more than $176m in program benefits to dairy producers who purchased DMC coverage for 2020. Pic: Getty Images/Andrei Stanescu

May margin triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program payment

By Jim Cornall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) says the May 2020 income over feed cost margin was $5.37 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage...

New Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications are also being accepted.  Pic: Getty Images/Matt Anderson

NMPF hopes for more dairy purchases after $120m announcement

By Jim Cornall

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said it appreciates Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for including $120m of cheese and butter among $470m in Section 32 food purchases announced yesterday.

At least $100m per month in dairy product purchases has been earmarked for distribution to the public through food assistance programs. Pic: Getty Images/Matt Anderson

Dairy groups react to $19bn disaster package

By Jim Cornall

The National Milk Producers Federation expressed appreciation to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for including dairy in the US $19bn agriculture disaster assistance package, while noting that more will be needed to stem steep losses in the dairy sector.

“The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs.

USDA releases new farm aid details

By Beth Newhart

A $16bn aid package for US farmers was first announced in May. Last week Secretary Sonny Perdue gave more details about how and when the funding will be divided up.

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