Dairy Strong preparing for its fifth year

By MAA
Hundreds of dedicated members of the U.S. dairy community will gather Jan. 23-24, 2019, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, in Madison, Wis., for the fifth annual Dairy Strong conference.
Dairy Strong organizers work hard to build content that is relevant to opportunities and challenges faced by today’s dairy farmers.

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Edge praises passage of NAFTA replacement

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GREEN BAY — Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative representatives praised Friday’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — a replacement for NAFTA — but said more needs to be done to resolve tariff issues that continue to hurt farmers. The Co-op represents dairy farmers not only in Wisconsin, but across the Midwest.
According to Edge President Brody Stapel, USMCA includes important provisions for dairy, including retaining market certainty with Mexico, protecting common cheese names in the Mexican market, adding transparency provisions for oversight of Canada’s internal pricing structure and placing limits on certain Canadian exports. The deal still needs to be approved by Congress, a process that will likely push into 2019.

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App helps farmers ID corn quality

For MAA
MADISON, Wis.  — A new tool developed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison could save farmers time and money during the fall feed-corn harvest and make for more content, productive cows year-round.
The innovation isn’t a physical farm implement, but a smartphone app. With just a handful of harvested corn, the app allows farmers to gauge — without leaving the field — the effectiveness of their harvesting machinery so that they can achieve the highest-quality cracked corn.
The app, which is called SilageSnap, is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. More info is at https://go.wisc.edu/silagesnap.
Cracking corn breaks up the tough outer kernel, exposing the starch inside.

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