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New U.S.-China partnership lays groundwork for dairy export growth

China’s Jiangnan University and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have formed a new innovation partnership that helps pave the way for U.S. dairy export growth in China. Jiangnan University’s Vice President Xu Yan and USDEC President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Vilsack signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizing the relationship on March 30 on Jiangnan University’s campus in Wuxi.

“The Jiangnan partnership is a concrete, game-changing agreement that will lead to fruitful new opportunities that mutually benefit both China and the United States,” Vilsack said. “China is a top-priority market for the U.S. dairy industry, and we are very excited to be working with one of the best food science schools in the nation.”

Dairy Industry News

Ten objectives for turbulent times.

We consider dairy farming to be an occupation, a way of life, and often a family tradition. This is all true, but on top of that, a dairy farm is a business.

“Treat your business like a business. You’ll have a much higher chance of being successful, even in tough times,” said Mike Boehlje, a professor in the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University. He was the opening keynote speaker at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s Business Conference held last week in Madison, Wis.

“Financial resiliency and agility — that’s what we have to focus on as we think about the future,” he told the audience. “You can’t just worry about defense, you have to have offense, too.”

Boehlje offered 10 objectives businesses need to be successful in turbulent times.


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Dairy Youth Derby, PDPW

Join 100 farm and non-farm 15-18-year-olds for the 2018 PDPW Youth Leadership Derby (YLD) on Apr. 7-8, 2018.  The two-day overnight educational and career-building experience will be held at Oregon High School and will include travel to the UW-Madison for hands-on labs and workshops as well as a tour of Sassy Cow Farm and Creamery.

For non-farm and farm students, this is a must-attend program in preparation for securing an education and career in the dairy industry.  YLD is designed to allow students to take a deep-dive exploration in leadership, science and communication activities while participating in dairy operation tours and hands-on breakout sessions that will benefit their future success in either an academic or work place environment.

Career-building opportunities include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Communication & team building workshops
  • Industry networking
  • Interactive leadership activities
  • Industry tours

Registration is $89 and open to 15-18-year-olds and includes training, meals and tour transportations.  For additional information call 800-947-7379 or email




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12 Mo. Price Change
May 18 $15.18 $0.01
Jun 18 $15.66 $0.10
Jul 18 $16.35 $0.07
Aug 18 $16.70 $0.09
Sep 18 $16.89 $0.06
Oct 18 $16.83 $0.07
Nov 18 $16.62 $0.04
Dec 18 $16.51 $0.08
CME Site

CME Dairy Market Prices

Block Price $1.6250
Barrel Price $1.5500
Butter Price $2.3340

About Our Producer Services

Communication is of the utmost importance when working alongside the dairy producers who supply our local plants with quality milk. Field Service Representatives are the personal conduit of that communication, sharing information that pertains both to the producers and to the plant. Discussion on milk quality, milk marketing, dairy trends and local events are often heard in day to day communication. Regulatory compliance, milk quality, farm pickup coordination, and milk marketing are just a few examples of where Agropur strives to provide professional customer service.

Our producers shipping to our plants are diverse in their business styles, some small and large; some grazers and freestall operations; some stall barns and parlors. Our field service department strives to provide services that are tailored to our producer's needs. Discovering those needs, meeting and exceeding them is what defines Agropur's Producer services.

Milk Quality Services

Award winning cheese, starts with the quality milk from our local producers whom we partner with. Agropur offers information and services to assist dairy producers in the consistent production of quality milk. As a supplement to the years of experience our team has with on-farm milk quality troubleshooting and dairy regulatory compliance, we offer the following milk quality services:

  • Online producer milk test results
  • All pickups tested for Butterfat, Protein, Other Solids, Milk Urea Nitrogen, Cryoscope and Somatic Cell count
  • Two plate counts per month (more if requested)
  • Two lab pasteurized counts per month (more if requested)
  • Water Testing for Coliform
  • Bulk Tank and Individual Cultures
    • Standard Culture types
    • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Special request bacteria tests
    • Preliminary Incubation (PI)
    • Direct Microscope Counts (DMCC)
  • FREE Cow sample testing for Antibiotics and Somatic Cell Counts
  • Antibiotic Block Heaters for antibiotic tests (test ampules or strips are charged to producer)

Milk Futures Program

Agropur offers the ability to forward contract milk via the CME Class III futures market. Full 200,000 pound contracts and smaller sized contracts are available for forward contracts, puts and window/fence contracts (put/call).

We work with two service oriented brokerage firms whom have many years of experience in providing risk management for commodity producers.

KDM Trading can be reached at 877-695-8538.

Rice Dairy can be reached at 312-492-4275.

Producer Services Team

Butch Shimon Butch Shimon, Field Representative: 44 years of industry experience. Counties covered: Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc
Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Office: (800) 370-2901 ext. 29223
Cell: (920)-493-2572
David Hitner David Hitner, Field Representative: 13 years of industry experience. Counties covered: Brown, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Office: (920) 788-2115 ext. 27204
Cell: (715) 498-7034
Ken Ebert Ken Ebert, Field Representative: 41 years of industry experience. Counties Covered: Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara
Weyauwega, Wisconsin
Office: (800) 924-6371 ext. 37
Cell: (715) 498-7033
Deb Wehde Deb Wehde, Field Representative: 24 years of industry experience. Areas covered: Iowa, SW Minnesota, SE South Dakota, NE Nebraska
Hull, Iowa
Office: (712) 439-6780 ext. 120
Cell: (712) 578-8877
Keith Braun Keith Braun, Director of Milk Procurement: 31 years of Industry Experience.
Office: (920) 944-0970
Cell: (920) 277-5924
Jeff Montsma Jeff Montsma, Manager of Producer Services: 24 years of Industry Experience.
Office: (920) 944-0990 ext. 35262
Cell: (920) 740-5650
Angela Gordon Angela Gordon, Producer Payroll Specialist
Office: (920) 944-0972

FARM - Farmers Assuring Responsible Management

FARM - Farmers Assuring Responsible Management

In Agropur's constant commitment to produce quality products for our customer's needs, we focus on milk quality and food safety. Our customers' standards for supplying food products have been elevated in the area of animal well-being. In response to this, along with our efforts of continuing to build consumer confidence in our dairy industry, we have implemented Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) for all dairy producers shipping to Agropur.

This FARM program is not pass-fail, but rather an on farm continuous improvement process centered on evaluating animal care facilities, farm protocols and the animals themselves. It has evolved through working with experts from all segments of the dairy industry, including the National Milk Producers Federation and support from Dairy Management, Inc. It has been implemented reaching 98% of the United States milk supply from over 22,000 farms shipping to food processors throughout the United States.

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