It has been a number of years with low milk prices and high costs that have really put a lot of financial stress on dairy farmers.
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North Harbor Dairy at Old McDonald’s Farm in Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., uses large propeller ceiling fans to maintain an 8-9 mph breeze throughout the barn.

Then COVID-19 hit causing even lower milk prices and more hardship for dairy farm families. There are a number of programs, some State , Federal and others part of COVID-19 bills passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump that can provide financial assistance specifically for Dairy Farmers.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service will be sponsoring a webinar titled Understanding 2020 Financial Programs for Dairy Farmers. Presenters include Megan Roberts Educator in Ag Business Management based at the Mankato Regional office. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Megan has focused a lot of work on the farm financial impact of the pandemic. The other presenter, Nathan Hulinsky is an Educator for the Ag Business Management team based in St Cloud. Nathan teaches programs on land rent, dairy risk, farm bill, agricultural taxation and farm transfer.

There is no charge for the webinar that will be held on Tuesday July 28, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm but preregistration is required. You can register at: z.umn.edu/dairyfinance2020.

A former Fonterra consultant and a molecular biologist have teamed up to create lab-grown milk proteins without the need for a cow.

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