Organized by the National Farmers Organization (NFO) and Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), program stops have been held in Wisconsin, New York, Vermont and Michigan. Remaining stops are set for April 16 in Greenwald, Minnesota; April 29 in Modesto, California; and May 2 in Clovis, New Mexico. Check the website for details and to RSVP.advertisementadvertisementWFU and NFO staff are uniting to present potential pathways forward for a national movement on dairy reform, focusing on production controls and efforts to reduce price volatility.“The plans we’re presenting today move the industry away from consolidation and help level the playing field so independent farmers have a fighting chance,” WFU President Darin Von Ruden told a crowd of about 100 farmers gathered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.NFO’s Dick Levins, professor emeritus of ag economics at the University of Minnesota, called attention to the continuing loss of U.S. dairy farms. He noted that between 2000 and 2017, the U.S. lost 63,702 dairy farms with herds of 200 cows or less, a decrease of 65.6 percent. Meanwhile, operations with over 1,000 cows increased by 109 percent and those with over 2,000 cows by 268 percent.“As those family-sized dairies leave, the particular benefits they provide to rural economies, the environment and food security go with them,” Levins said.The NFO is proposing The Family Dairy Farm Relief Act, a voluntary program that would base emergency relief payments on different tiers that recognize variations in operating costs for different size farms. Monthly payments would be set according to a farm’s level of production, with smaller farms receiving relatively higher payments per hundredweight (cwt). The plan is modeled off of the Maine Dairy Relief Program, which was implemented in 2004 and has effectively slowed the loss of dairy farms in the state.advertisementLevins stressed that the program would not impact milk prices and is intended to be a short-term bridge until a more market-oriented, long-term program – one not dependent on government payments – could be implemented. He added that the already existing model is one that could be easily and rapidly enacted by Congress.While the NFO proposal could provide short-term relief, WFU government relations associate Bobbi Wilson stressed long-term solutions are needed to curb overproduction, improve milk prices and provide long-term stability. WFU backs the Dairy Price Stabilization Plan, which was originally proposed in the lead up to the 2014 Farm Bill.Wilson cited analysis by dairy economists Chuck Nicholson, Cornell University, and Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin – Madison, on the impact this program might have had in current market conditions.“The bottom line on what we found was generally pretty positive in terms of thinking of what these programs could do,” Nicholson said. “We saw reduced variation in prices and also some price enhancement, increased net farm operating incomes, reduction in the rate of farm exits across farms of all sizes and a reduction in government expenditures on dairy programs.”Through the DPSP, farmers who choose to expand beyond an allowable growth rate (based on market demand) must pay a market access fee. That fee would then be distributed among all the farmers who chose not to expand. Two versions of the plan are currently on the table – one that would operate continuously and another that would be triggered when the milk-feed ratio drops below a certain level.advertisementUnder the plan, farms could choose to expand production and pay the market access fee (ranging from $0.015 per cwt to $3 per cwt) or limit their expansion and receive a market access fee disbursement (ranging from $1.50 per cwt to $1.88 per cwt).Wilson noted this plan looks to better balance milk supply and demand, causing farms to reconsider expansions.“What we’re hearing from farmers is that they’d rather have a fair price from the market than a handout,” Wilson said.The Road Show also offers up the Structured Dairy Pricing Program as a potential long-term solution. Research on the plan has been spearheaded by NFO director of dairy sales Dick Bylsma. (Read: NFO unveils two-tiered pool distribution proposal, ‘Dairy Together’ policy meetings scheduled.)The proposal would help reduce the cost of production difference between small and large farms in a way similar to Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) procedures that account for different class prices, he noted.“We have created a scenario where every dairy farmer has a positive margin,” Bylsma said. He also stressed that the Structured Dairy Pricing Program would not increase costs to consumers or impact the price a cheese processor or milk bottling company pays for their milk.“We recognize that if we let these family farmers go out of business, we won’t get them back,” Bylsma added. “Our proposal makes rural communities stronger and helps keep this treasure we call the family farm in business.”“We know that to get anything changed at the federal level, we’re going to need people power,” said WFU special projects director Sarah Lloyd. “It’s very encouraging that we’re packing the rooms for these meetings – now we need to spread the word to our elected decisionmakers, implement our people power through our co-ops and get everybody on board – processors, veterinarians, seed sales representatives. These proposals are strong enough to make a difference and move the industry away from consolidation.” PHOTO 1: Wisconsin Farmers Union government relations director Bobbi Wilson shared details about the Dairy Price Stabilization Plan.PHOTO 2: NFO director of dairy sales Dick Bylsma explained the premise behind the Structured Dairy Pricing Program. Photos by Danielle Endvick, Wisconsin Farmers Union.—Compiled from Wisconsin Farmers Union news releases, edited by Progressive Dairyman staff The Dairy Together Road Show continues its trek across the U.S., seeking support for dairy policy changes providing both short-term relief and long-term structural changes.
Share This!Before this last visit to Walt Disney World, I had never been inside the Festival Center at Epcot…ever.That’s one of the things I love most about Disney…there’s always something new to experience with every trip to the parks.Not only did I film a tour of this huge space (the bathrooms are really nice!), but I also put together a brief overview of the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.Enjoy!Have you done at seminar at the Festival Center? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments!
Rockets (20-4) move on to regional final at Marathon (22-2) on FridayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Spencer junior Bobby Pliz tossed a three-hitter and had a two-run single to lift the Rockets past Athens 5-1 in a WIAA Division 3 baseball regional semifinal on Wednesday at Spencer High School.The Rockets (20-4) will play at No. 1 seed Marathon (22-2) in a D-3 regional final at 5 p.m. Friday for a berth in the Marathon Sectional on June 9.Pilz’s big hit highlighted a three-run second inning — that also included an RBI single by Mitch Susa — that put the Rockets up 3-0.Spencer added another run in the fourth, and Athens could only muster one run against Pilz, that coming in the sixth. Pilz struck out two and walked two.Susa, Jonny Tomke, and Jake Meyers each had two hits for Spencer.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 5, Bluejays 1Athens 000 001 0 – 1 3 5Spencer 031 100 x – 5 9 1WP: Bobby Pilz. LP: Lane Tessmer.SO: Tessmer 1, Marshall Westfall 3; Pilz 2. BB: Tessmer 1, Westfall 1; Pilz 2.Top hitters: A, Shane Coker 2B. S, Jake Meyers 1B, 2B; Mitch Susa 2 hits; Jonny Tomke 2 hits; Pilz 2 RBIs.Records: Athens 16-5; Spencer 20-4.
KKR batsman Robin Uthappa acknowledges the crowd after completing his half-century against the Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Garden in Kolkata on Tuesday. Uthappa scored a 40-ball 67 to help the home team sail to an eight-wicket win over CSK. (PTI Photo)Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) took a giant stride towards ensuring a play-off berth as they beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by eight wickets to take their winning streak to five matches in IPL 7.Uthappa, with his 40-ball 67, enabled the home team to chase down the 156-run target set by CSK at the Eden Gardens.After Uthappa laid the foundation, Shakib Al Hasan gave finishing touches in a 21-ball 46 not out (6×4, 2×6) in an unbeaten 34-run stand with Manish Pandey (18 no) as KKR eased to the win with 12 balls to spare.KKR, with 14 points, have steered four points clear of RCB and Sunrisers as they will now require two more points to seal their play-off berth from the two remaining home games.Uthappa middled the ball well, hitting 10 boundaries and one six in a 64-run opening wicket partnership with Gautam Gambhir.KKR batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa during their match against CSK at the Eden Garden in Kolkata on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)In their last seven outings, Gambhir and Uthappa had two century partnerships and three 50 stands together as the opening stand once again punctured CSK’s hopes of a comeback.The KKR skipper cleverly rotated the strike and played a perfect ally as the duo put on 52 runs in the Powerplay, before Ishwar Pandey gave the breakthrough. Earlier, Raina’s second half-century in as many innings propelled Chennai Super Kings to a fighting 154 for five.advertisementPut into bat, CSK were crawling at 60/2 in 10.3 overs after IPL debutant Pat Cummins and wily Sunil Narine took the prized scalps of Dwayne Smith (5) and Brendon McCullum (28), respectively.The boundaries dried up initially as KKR bowled tidily with Umesh Yadav and Shakib al Hasan restricting the batsmen in the Powerplay that yielded just 35 on a helpful Eden Gardens wicket.Raina, who scored an unbeaten 62 against RCB in the last match, timed his innings beautifully as he started watchfully with McCullum at the other end. Once the explosive Kiwi opener got out to a top edge against Narine, Raina slowly cut loose during an entertaining partnership with Du Plessis.Making his debut in the IPL, New South Wales pacer Cummins had a maiden-wicket first over after he castled inform CSK opener Dwayne Smith (5) in his second ball to give KKR an inspiring start.The 21-year-old got perfect help from the grassy patches to bowl beauty which moved a shade away after pitching as the big-hitting West Indian batsman saw the off-stump being pegged back.
This week’s episode of Hot Takedown mourns the end of March Madness and celebrates the start of the NBA playoffs. With the race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player still up in the air, Robin Lundberg makes the case for Giannis Antetokounmpo over James Harden. We see if there’s data to move the needle either way.It’s Masters week! With the most anticipated event in golf nearly underway, the team breaks down the prospects for Tiger Woods in a crowded field of contenders. Could this be Tiger’s last chance at the green jacket? His start to the season shows potential, but the game has changed since he last dominated.For our Rabbit Hole of the Week, inspired by her Minnesota Twins, Sara goes back to 1908 to track MLB players hitting for the cycle.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:A spontaneous Google search during this episode on the use of data in MVP determinations landed on this Nate Silver throwback.We’re glued to the FiveThirtyEight NBA predictions.Basketball-Reference.com’s 2018-2019 MVP Tracker is an excellent resource.In anticipation of the masters, Neil examines Tiger Woods’s chance at the jacket.From our Rabbit Hole, Bengie Molina’s ridiculous cycle. FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code
The Red Devils are currently in 6th place of the Premier League, 19 points away from league leaders Liverpool.Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince said Jose Mourinho is not the only one to blame for Manchester United’s recent shortcomings. Ince, 51, said the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United Ed Woodward, 47, is also responsible.“Mourinho is the one who fronts it because he is the football manager but Ed Woodward is the one in the stands,” Ince told Goal.“He is not a football man, he is a businessman. The club is the richest in the world from a business point of view, we understand that. But when Mourinho says at the start of the season that we need two center-halves and he can’t get them, then someone has got to take the can. It can’t always be Mourinho.“I presume Mourinho would have had a list saying that these are the six or seven players that I want to play for Man United to compete against the other boys.“They didn’t get them. When they didn’t get them and the results don’t go well, as much as you point at Mourinho, you have to also point at Ed Woodward because he didn’t get the players he wanted. Klopp got the players he wanted.“Why is [Virgil] Van Dijk going to Liverpool and not Man United? If you ask me now which Man United player would get into the Liverpool team? Only the goalkeeper. That’s where we are now. At the moment he is the only one who would get into the Liverpool team.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When you look at some of the players that the other clubs have got, why didn’t United get those players? Fred doesn’t even play. Sanchez doesn’t want to be here and wanted to go to City first. Pogba doesn’t play. Players who were bought for £80m-£50m don’t even play. You are right in questioning the recruitment because recruitment is the most important thing in football.”LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on when warming up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Asked why Manchester United’s signings keep failing, Ince said they lack mental strength.“I think the players he is bringing in can’t deal with the pressure to put on a Man United shirt and you are seeing it in the performances. [Anthony] Martial is a prime example,” he added.“For me, he is the most talented player in United’s squad but he can’t deal with the pressure, week-in, week out. When you are playing for Man United, you have to do it every week. You can’t be four out of 10. You have to be seven or eight out of 10 every week. That’s in games and in training.“It has changed and you feel because these players have come in, can they deal with all this and with the rivals winning week in, week out. You’ve got to look at whether they have the desire and toughness to deal with that pressure. Not all of them, but a lot of them haven’t.“Look at Kevin De Bruyne, he has every attribute you want in a player. His work-rate, talent, decision making. Nine times out of 10, he makes the right decision, you don’t see that for any outfield player at United. Not one. I don’t see it. I don’t see anyone and the proof is in the pudding.”