Moosletter: September 2017

Moosletter: September 2017
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September 2017                                                Volume: 3 Issue: 9
By Rick Koelsch, Extension Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering

Manure Improves soil physical propertiesIf manure increases formation of larger (macro) and more stable soil aggregates, several benefits may result for fields fertilized by manure compared to commercial fertilizer including:

1)   Reduced runoff and soil erosion;

2)     Increased water infiltration into the soil possibly leading to greater drought tolerance; and

3)     Partial offsetting of higher soil P levels resulting from manure application and limiting P loss to local surface water. Continue...

Mark Your Calendars
NSDA Annual Convention

February 27, 2018
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus, NE
Agenda & details to come.

Milk producers can opt out of Margin Protection Program for 2018

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2017 — Bowing to requests from the dairy industry, USDA says it will allow milk producers to opt out of the Margin Protection Program for 2018.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue “is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program and not pay the annual administrative fee for 2018,” Rob Johansson, acting deputy undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Rob Johansson, said in a release. “The decision is in response to requests by the dairy industry and a number of MPP-Dairy program participants.” Continue...

Lowell Mueller Attends Breakfast with
Undersecretary Hafemeister
By Lowell Mueller, Nebraska Division Chair, Midwest Dairy Association

Lowell Mueller pictureLowell Mueller, dairy producer from Hooper, Neb., attended a round table discussion breakfast with USDA Interim Deputy Undersecretary for Trade, Jason Hafemeister on August 17, along with other commodity groups in Nebraska.
 Some topics that were discussed were trade with China, NAFTA negotiations, and unilateral trade agreements. China is a large trade opportunity but there are many barriers to overcome. Health certificates are now required for export to China and many other countries. These must go through FDA. Since this certification takes too long, the group asked that USDA help expedite this process.
NAFTA negotiations started on August 17. The main theme from all commodity groups was “Do no harm, but make it better”.  Negotiation with Canada will be tough for dairy as they are very protective of their dairy industry and have put in place a new pricing program that has created a serious threat to US protein exports. Undersecretary Hofesmeister went on to discuss unilateral trade agreements and stated we may be better off with unilateral agreements in Asia. It was stressed to the Undersecretary that speed in achieving progress in these talks is essential as other countries have gotten ahead of the US in the discussions. Mueller stressed to the Undersecretary we need help from USDA on fighting the EU for attempting to use “Geographical Indicators” to try to block competition and create barriers for trade. The US needs to make sure our trading partners stick to their commitments to us when they negotiate for trade agreements with the EU like Mexico is currently doing.
NSDA Testifies at Farm Bill Hearing

Jim EsJim Eschliman -second from the left - testifies at Farm Bill hearing at the Nebraska State Fairchliman, dairy producer from Ericson, Neb., and second from the left in the picture testified on behalf of the Nebraska State Dairy Association at the Farm Bill hearing at the Nebraska State Fair on September 1. Several key points made during his testimony:
  • Margin Protection - the last Farm Bill included the Margin Protection Plan program (MPP) and was supposed to protect dairy farmers in times of low margins.  Dairy farmers counted on this program to get them through tough times and were never paid. Improvements for this program include correcting the feed calculation, calculate margins monthly, provide additional risk management tools.
  • Trade - Nearly 15% of U.S. produced milk is exported.  Dairy producers ask for a "do no harm approach" to the NAFTA renegotiation.
  • Labor - Dairy farmers need a legal and reliable workforce.  Congress must develop an agricultural visa program that addresses livestock sectors full time, year-round needs. 
Nebraska Dairy Update
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  • The NSDA annual convention is February 27, 2018 in Columbus, Neb., at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend.  The agenda will be sent out in the next few weeks.
In this Issue
Calendar of Events
Transition Cow Workshop
        November 2
        Click here for details. 

Quickbooks 101
November 29
       Click here for details.

Quickbooks 201
November 30
      Click here for details.

NSDA Annual Convention
February 27
        Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
        Columbus, NE
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Rod Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (402) 853-2028
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Kim Clark, Dairy Ext Educator
Phone: (402) 472-6065
Cell: (402) 350-5003

Thank you to our sponsors

Grain States Soya, Inc./SoyBest           Midwest Dairy Association       Nebraska Corn Board

Elanco     Farm Credit Services of America     Frontier Mills, Inc.     Nebraska Soybean Board    
Nebraska Vet Services     Nutrient Advisors     West Point Dairy Products

Ag Processing, Inc.     Aschoff Construction     Automated Dairy Specialists     Cappel Sales, Inc.     Midwest Livestock Systems     Zoetis

Agri-King Nutrition, Inc.     Animal Health International     Bill's Volume Sales     Central Dairy Supply     Central Confinement Services     Dehaan, Grabs and Associates     Depend-A-Bull Sires and Service     Heartland Builders Co.     Hotsy Equipment Co.     IDEXX     Lala US     LG Pumping, LLC    
Nebraska Dairy Systems/Lely     Nebraska Dairy Systems     Peterson Ag Systems, Inc.    
Puck Custom Enterprises     Schumacher Irrigation, Inc. Select Sires MidAmerica     TechMix, LLC     USDA/NASS

Agropur     Associated Milk Producers, Inc.     CMP Dairy Consulting     Dairy Farmers of America     Dean Foods     Hiland Dairy     Nebraska Public Power District     Nebraska Cattleman    
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation     Phibro Animal Health Corp.     Rabo Agri Finance    
Settje Agri-Services & Engineering, Inc.     XFE Products

A-FAN     Grow Nebraska Dairy     Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture    
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