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While other agricultural products are doing well for growers, U.S. dairy farmers are not doing as well. Feed prices combined with an over supply of milk products are pushing prices and profits down.
Dairy farmers expanded herds following the 70 percent jump in prices to a record in 2007, just before the U.S. began its longest recession since before World War II and unemployment rose to the highest level in a quarter century. Weaker demand was compounded by this year’s drought, floods or freezing weather from Canada to Kazakhstan that ruined crops and boosted competition for U.S. grain that dairies require.
It is anticipated that there will be some dairy operations that will fail in the coming months. It is also believed that the next year will continue to be rough on dairy producers because of continued market pressures from animal feed corn.
Corn futures have risen 48 percent since the end of June, the biggest gain in the Thomson Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 raw materials after sugar. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cut its estimate for the crop on Nov. 9 for a third straight month because of flooding in Iowa and Missouri and hot, dry weather from Illinois to Ohio.
The US National debt continues to grow. Progressive Dairyman highlights the looming issues of this continued growth and how the debt will impact all citizens.
One of the biggest problems about the current fiscal situation is that foreign countries control a large portion of the debt, leaving the U.S. in a precarious position. Eventually the federal debt may get so high that the U.S. would be seen as a bad credit risk.
What is needed to tackle the issue? Higher taxes, cutbacks in programs, and serious leadership.
Tough decisions will need to be made for cutting spending but also to raise revenue – meaning taxes. Without considering taxes somewhere, it is unrealistic that the federal budget can be balanced.
Is there leadership out there to take on the issue before the ability to execute on viable options disappear?
Man-Made Climate Change: Hoax or Myth Dr. Jay Lehr, Science Director of The Heartland Institute, breaks down the hoax and myths behind man-made climate change. This is a presentation from the 2010 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention.
Wesley J. Smith, Award winning author and Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, shares this observation to a packed audience at the 2010 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit: Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?
Steve Maddox, California Dairyman from RuAnn and Maddox Dairy, shares how his operations have developed and grown from 14 cows in the 1950's to now over 3400 milking cows, 650 dry cows, 4000 replacement heifers, and 2500 cows sold for breeding purposes.