DairyCast update for May 18, 2009, Is the EPA regulating course particulate matter?

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Update for May 18th, 2009

In the next 50 years we will have to feed 100% more people than we do today. With only 1% more available land, the challenge seems paramount. We will have to rely on technology to contribute 70% of the added food. As our business climate continues to include opposition from various groups, it is even more important that we are all using the same playbook. Jeff Simmons, Elanco Animal Health President, recently provided a great scouting report. Read details in the white paper and listen to our conversation with Jeff Simmons.

Market News: In an effort to salvage milk prices, the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) last week said there is a plan to retire over 102,000 cows from milk production. While this is the largest single cull activity in the history of the CWT program, it is only the beginning over the next 12 months. Cows in this herd-retirement will begin hitting the markets in the next couple of weeks and last through mid-July. We can only hope that this action will positively impact milk prices.

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