April MEMBERUpdate
Find out how DFA is proactively telling your story through initiatives like the Gold Standard Program in this month’s issue of MEMBERUpdate, located in the DFA Information section under the Resources tab.

MPP prices, payment announced
Margin Protection Program (MPP) component prices for corn, alfalfa hay, soybean meal and all milk were released. Combined with the January milk-feed margin, the average actual dairy production margin for the consecutive two-month period of January and February is $7.9955. As a result, a payment will go to producers who elected the $8 coverage level.

A calculator to help calculate your on-farm margin and other MPP resources are available under Farm Bill Resources.

Special member pricing available on fans
Cool your barn, increase cow comfort, improve energy efficiency and save money by taking advantage of DFA Farm Supplies’ early order fan program. With support from DFA Energy, DFA Farm Supplies offers a variety of high-quality fans at special member pricing. Place your order by April 30 and take delivery by May 31. Competitive financing options available through DFA Financing. Learn more about this program.

FDA survey confirms safety of milk
A drug residue survey of nearly 2,000 dairy farms by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that more than 99 percent of the milk samples were residue-free. Information on preventing drug residues, including NMPF’s 2015 Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention manual, is available in the Gold Standard Dairy section under the Resources tab.

DFA Grazing video series explains how to manage your pasture
Learn how to best manage your grazing pasture in this short video featuring DFA Grazing consultant Mike Lamborn. The video is part of a seven-part series entitled Grazing 101, and offers simple hints and best practices that can help you manage your pasture.