An outbreak of a virus fatal to hogs that surfaced last summer shows no signs of stopping. African Swine Fever, nicknamed “pig Ebola,” has expanded from China to neighboring Southeast Asian nations. The virus—and pork… Read more
Understanding your milk check
Can you get a better price?
The gap in price between a 40-pound block of fresh cheddar and a 500-pound barrel has widened steadily over the last two years. At the end of 2018, the average block-barrel spread hovered around $0.12…. Read more
Things are changing for milk producers and handlers in the Golden State. Milk marketing in California fell under the purview of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) starting Nov. 1. The state order administered by… Read more
The wait is (kind of) over. Trade authorities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada have agreed to a trilateral free trade agreement that replaces NAFTA. The finer points of automotive manufacturing earned most of the… Read more
Global dairy production fuels perhaps the most dynamic and volatile agriculture commodity market. And while dairy products are consumed all over the world, most of the milk at the foundation of those products comes from… Read more
A simple principle of economics is that when production outpaces demand, you either cut production or open new markets. Over the last three decades, the dairy industries in the main milk-producing regions of the world… Read more