Ag in Action 2017
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Milkproducers are dealingwithonly a 3percent surplus,
which has created a 40 percent price drop. For farmers,
that doesn’t seem commensurate. At National Farmers,
we are actively pursuing new partnerships to address the
situation in the Northeast. And we’re proposing a two-tier
dairy price structure, a growth management program.
For producers, remaining financially stable means
a combination of things. As marketers, at National
Farmers, we suggest marketing together and using risk
management tools, whether you’re in the dairy, grain or
livestock sector. Still, market access remains a concern for
In the beef sector, when Tyson announced it was
no longer processing Holsteins, a price decline quickly
occurred, $30 live in the cash market, $45 in-the-meat
regionally on a cash basis. Dairy beef is an important part
of beef supply in the United States, and we stand behind
our cattlemen who feed and finish Holstein steers.
I’m happy to say that our Livestock Division is
continuing to work for producers’ benefit as they talk with
Holstein processors to define our contract details and
develop new partnerships. All of us in the cattle industry
want to assist all cattlemen. Right now, it’s the Holstein
producer who is facing a challenge, and we’re working to
solve this market access concern.
We’re proud to serve American farmers. Together,
many organizations and companies, in an agriculture-
friendly setting, will be part of making 2017 a better year
for American grain, livestock and dairy producers.
Paul Riniker, of Greeley, Iowa is a cattleman and vice
president of National Farmers, a membership organization
which markets milk, livestock and crops, assists producers
with forward contracts and futures options, and advocates
for equity in policy and agricultural industry transactions.