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November 9, 2019

Week in Review: Safety in Numbers

 |  By: Brittany Bowman

While some weeks one news topic dominates headlines, this week’s news ranges from presidential polls to PFAS and Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC). One common theme: safety in numbers.


The FDA released this week how it measured per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in foods. It looked for 16 types PFAS in a variety of foods. While the news is far from stellar, it does report a lower number of positive samples than initial results. Full story here.

Health is important, but one Congressman is also calling for financial safety. So far the Dairy Margin Coverage program (DMC) has paid more than $300,000,000 in 2019. While most in the dairy industry are happy, House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) wants more attention given to larger farms. Read more of his thoughts here.

Safety for your family farm depends on the leadership so it seems appropriate this article would ask, “Are you ready for family governance?” As you decide the answer for your farm, we share tips on setting accountability, align stakeholders and set goals.


While reading about family governance may remove drama from your life, it’s hard to escape drama in the political arena. While 57% of Farm Journal Pulse respondents strongly approve of how President Trump is handling his job as President, 15% strongly disapprove. One dairy farmer leans more heavily towards the “disapprove” side of the spectrum here.

And if there is confusion on political numbers, many are also wondering about the rollercoaster of dairy prices lately. If you’re wondering, “Will strong milk prices hold?” you’re not alone. An economist shares his predictions and analysis here.

Let’s end this weekly recap with positive news. Milk prices are at their highest in five years, and we’ve turned a variety of factors like feed costs and DMC payments into one easy-to-follow infograph here.