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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

many farmers.

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.

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