The Missouri Dairy Association, an organization of dairy producers, is committed to promote, protect and enhance the Missouri dairy industry by working to insure the profitability of dairy producers.
Dairy Internship Information
The Missouri Agricultural, Small Business and Development Authority (MASBDA) of the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), has an exciting opportunity available for outstanding candidates. We are looking for Dairy Interns.
You will work extensively with Missouri dairy farmers and/or dairy industry professionals ensuring they are provided the highest level of dairy industry experience possible. The program is planned to be fully operational this fall but the internships may be secured now.
Over the years some confusion surrounding the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Dairy Products Prices (DPP) program and the use of these data in the class price formulas. Why are NASS’s DPP reports used in the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) class price formulas? How are the NASS reports compiled? Is there a magic formula used to generate the NASS DPP reports? What prevents manufacturing plants from misreporting or manipulating the prices?
MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan and Missouri Secretary of Agriculture Richard Fordyce pose for a photo outside the Missouri Capital March 17, 2016.
MDA Directors Discuss TPP
MDA directors discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and its importance for dairy with Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler at the State Fair.
USDA Map Illustrates TPP Benefits
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a series of fact sheets illustrating how the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)agreement can boost the U.S. agriculture industry, supporting more American jobs and driving the nation's rural economy. The map above highlights the benefits to the Dairy industry. Created by the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the fact sheets graphically depict how each state and individual commodities stand to benefit from increased agricultural trade with the 11 other TPP countries.
Missouri Ag Dept. Deputy Director Loyd Wilson presents the state's June Dairy Month Proclamation to MDA President Ted Sheppard during the celebration at Mountain Grove and Ozark Mountain Creamery.
MDA Supporting Four Candidates
CHESTERFIELD (July 1, 2016) -- The Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) Board of Directors has pledged their support for four candidates in the upcoming Missouri primary election.
“MDA is pleased to recognize and support four candidates who we consider sincere friends of the Missouri dairy farmer,” says MDA President Ted Sheppard and a dairy farmer from Cabool. “Our dairy farmers are facing tough economic times with declining export markets and increasing worldwide competition while U.S. milk production is rising.
“These four candidates have shown their support for us at the national and state level, which we greatly appreciate,” says Sheppard.
The four include:
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri) for reelection
U.S. Representative Jason Smith (8th District-Missouri) for reelection
Missouri Senator Mike Parson (District 28) of Bolivar for Missouri Lt. Governor
Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer (District 19) of Columbia for Missouri Attorney General
Governor Signs Ag Bills
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signs Agriculture Bills June 24 at the Missouri State Fair Grounds in Sedalia.
Dairy Act Funding Letter
MDA pens letter to Gov. Jay Nixon encouraging him to support full funding and implementation of the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act (MDRA). The letter outlines the goals of the MDRA and initiatives that will be funded through the legislation.
Governor reiterates his commitment to keeping the budget in balance, cautions against redirecting revenue to special interest tax breaks
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 6, 2016) -- Gov. Jay Nixon today signed the remaining appropriations bills for the 2017 fiscal year – thanking the General Assembly for answering his call for smart, fiscally-responsible investments, while cautioning legislators against redirecting these dollars toward special interest tax breaks in the last week of the session.
“For eight consecutive years, we have balanced the budget, protected our AAA credit rating, and moved our state forward – without a single tax increase,” said Gov. Nixon. “I’m pleased that this budget answers my call to make smart, fiscally responsible investments that will pay big dividends in the future, and make a real difference, improving the lives of Missouri families all across our state.”
Full funding -- $2.5 million -- for the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act was included in the budget.
Nixon Fully Funds Dairy Revitalization
Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed the remaining appropriations bills for the 2017 fiscal year – $2.5 million full funding was included for the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act.
MDA is working with the Missouri Agriculture and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) of the Missouri Department of Agriculture to implement the three elements of the Act which include:
Reimbursement of 70% of a producer's MPP premium up to a cap of 34 cents/cwt.
80 Missouri Dairy Scholars scholarships to a 2- or 4-year college (A signup form will be available shortly.)
Support for UMC Commercial Ag dairy projects (MDA members have presented 10 project ideas to the MU Dairy Team leaders.)
More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Property Tax Increase Derailed
HCR 58 (Sponsor Bill Reiboldt of Neosho) MDA worked with several ag groups testifying in opposition to an increase in property tax assessments. A resolution moved through the Missouri House and the Senate. This effort derailed the State Tax Commission's recommendation to increase property tax assessments on agricultural land. This priority officially passed January 28.
Supreme Junior Dairy Championship Award Available
This is the 21st year for the Missouri Dairy Association’s (MDA) annual Supreme Junior Dairy Champion Award for all local fairs in Missouri. One per fair! Each winner receives a 2016 official certificate and a $25.00 CASH AWARD from MDA The information has been distributed to all fairs, 4-H Youth Specialists and MU Livestock and Dairy Specialists.
Ag Bills Sent to Governor Nixon
Roundup of agriculture-related bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon's desk.
The Cedar County Commissioners have signed a County Health Ordinance despite overwhelming opposition. MDA District 5 Director Craig Westfall of Halfway sent a letter expressing that "MDA supports the regulation of agriculture being limited to state jurisdiction and we do not believe local jurisdiction, such as county commissioners and county health ordinances should be allowed to regulate agriculture." County Health Ordinances enacted in Missouri have stopped all livestock expansion in all but one county with such Ordinances. The issue in Cedar County dealt with opposition to local chicken houses.
2016 Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars
Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars presented by the Missouri Dairy Association and the University of Missouri will take place February 22-26 in Sedalia, Springfield, Mountain Grove, Jackson and Union.
We hope you use this site to gain information on upcoming events and news related to the dairy industry in Missouri and surrounding areas.
Highlights from the Heart of America Dairy Expo
Kids, Cows and Camp: Preparing the Next Generation
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever.
University of Missouri Extension has been teaching dairy producers how to hand over their operations to that next generation. “That’s very important if we want to keep the industry alive,” said Karla Deaver, MU Extension 4-H youth specialist.