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Low Dairy Prices Put Area Farmers in ‘Crisis’
The National Family Farm Coalition held a conference call about declining prices paid to dairy farmers for their products. The statistical uniform price paid to farmers for their milk in March was $14.91 a hundredweight, according to the federal milk order. The actual price received is typically more than a dollar less than that figure after such expenses and advertising are deducted.

Animal Health Vaccine Opportunities Expand with AgriLabs Acquisitions
AgriLabs announced that it has entered into the vaccine manufacturing business with a new USDA-licensed facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. AgriLabs has acquired Antelope Valley Bios and Benchmark Biolabs, which includes Benchmark’s ownership interest of VaxLiant. With these moves, AgriLabs now offers complete concept-to-commercialization services for vaccines used in swine, cattle, poultry and other species.

Kuhn Knight Redesigns SL 100 Series Manure Spreaders
Kuhn Knight has updated the SL 100 Series manure spreaders. According to the company, the ProTwin Slinger features a twin-auger design which allows the slinger spreader to handle wet and dry materials and features fully adjustable shroud. Other features include a wider discharge, hammer design and 1,000 to 2,400-gallon capacities.

Case Studies for Dairy Business Transformation Pilot Program Now Available
Case studies showcasing dairy business transformation projects from a pilot grant program in 2010 are now available online through the Center for Dairy Excellence. Documenting eight dairy farms that were planning a transformational business project, the case studies also cover the families’ decision-making process with guidance and input from teams of professionals. The detailed studies were made possible through a grant through the USDA “Farms for the Future” program.

NRCS to Help Farmers Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $2 million to help farmers install edge-of-field stations that monitor water quality as it leaves their fields. The stations will provide data to evaluate the success of various conservation efforts. Applications are due by July 8.