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UMaine Extension Welcomes New Livestock Specialist
University of Maine Cooperative Extension has hired Colt Knight as the new Extension livestock educator. Knight grew up in West Virginia and has a background in livestock production and management. He received his doctorate from the University of Arizona where he researched grazing patterns of cattle using precision agriculture technologies.

Northeastern Region Monthly Milk Production Report
Milk production in New York during November 2016 totaled 1.20 billion pounds, up 4.4 percent from November 2015. The average milk price received by New York farmers in October 2016, at $17.40 per hundredweight, is down $0.40 from September 2016 and down $1.80 from October a year ago.

Milk production in Pennsylvania during November 2016 totaled 877 million pounds, up 2.5 percent from November 2015. The average milk price received by Pennsylvania farmers in October 2016, at $17.70 per hundredweight, is down $0.20 from September 2016 and down $1.70 from October a year ago.

Milk production in Vermont during November 2016 totaled 219 million pounds, up 1.9 percent from November 2015. The average milk price received by Vermont farmers in October 2016, at $17.70 per hundredweight, is down $0.50 from September 2016 and down $1.80 from October a year ago.

USDA to Measure Financial Well-Being of the Dairy Sector
Beginning in January, representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will visit dairy farms across the nation, as the agency begins collecting data for the final phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ARMS is a joint effort between NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The survey is an annual program that gathers in-depth information on production practices, costs, and financial well-being of American farm families. ARMS targets select commodities on a rotational basis. This year, the survey places additional focus on corn, and conventional and organic dairy sectors. The last time ARMS focused on the dairy sector was in 2010 and focused only on the conventional dairy sector. This will be the first time ARMS will include additional focus on the organic dairy production.