Free online episodes offer insights to help producers make informed decisions
According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week fifteen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature two new presenters – Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of The National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation and Tammy Vaassen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council.
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
During the 40th episode of the Dairy Signal, Tuesday, July 7, Matt Ruark, Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared the long-term benefits of incorporating cover crops into your cropping system to help improve soil health. Some major benefits of cover crops include: reduced erosion, improved soil quality, and increased soil organic matter and water holding capacity.
Ruark said farmers interested in establishing cover crops should ask themselves about what percent of their corn silage acres can be feasibly planted with cover crops and how will you incorporate these cover crops into your manure system? For university-based cover crop recommendations, visit: Midwest Cover Crops Council.
On Thursday’s episode, Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company, said Class III milk has become the best performer of all the commodities out there – we are now getting back to the 2014 all-time high of $24.50 per hundredweight. As long as the government keeps purchasing product, he predicts the milk markets will continue to perform. He also mentioned the Farmers for Families Food Box program has been deemed a success, with 32 million boxes donated.
Basse advised farmers to think forward to October and beyond and analyze your risk management profiles. You need to be proactive at looking at your margins and take some protective steps.
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Our dairy industry and lives are changing daily and our need for accurate business information is vital. Content on The Dairy Signal will be updated as new information becomes available.
Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
Tuesday, July 14
Topic: Find out how meat processing plants have fared through the coronavirus pandemic, how they are adapting going forward, and what precautions have been taken for both food and worker safety. Episode presenters includes:
- Curt Larson, President and CEO of Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association
- Steve Van Lannen, President and Chief Operating Officer of American Foods Group
Wednesday, July 15
Topic: There’s been some changes with the National Dairy FARM Program. Get the scoop on what these additions are and how they will impact your farm. Episode presenter includes:
- Emily Yeiser Stepp, Vice President of The National Dairy FARM Program, National Milk Producers Federation
Thursday, July 16
Topic: How does the Beef Checkoff impact dairy farmers? Learn how beef and byproducts find their way into the export market while also taking a look at the structure of the beef checkoff program nationally. Episode presenter includes:
- Tammy Vaassen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Beef Council
All Dairy Signal episodes are free and open to the public, accessible from www.pdpw.org. For more information, contact PDPW at 800-947-7379 or by emailing [email protected]. Follow along digitally in advance of and during the sessions by following @dairyPDPW and using #TheDairySignal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.