MDA Mission Statement
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.

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Dec 349'0 348'0 348'0 -1'0
Mar 362'6 362'0 362'0 -0'6
May 371'2 370'6 370'6 -0'4
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Nov 987'6 985'0 987'0 0'4
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Mar 3274 3267 3274 5
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Oct 14.90 14.88 14.88 -0.03
Nov 14.61 14.61 14.61 -0.10
Dec 14.56 14.56 14.56 -0.14
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Oct 16.62
Nov 16.09 16.04 16.09
Dec 15.70 15.70 15.70 -0.05
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Oct 112.350 110.600 111.100 - 0.275
Dec 117.400 115.550 116.275 - 0.500

Dairy Judging Team Takes 3rd!

Congratulations to the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team which took 3rd place Monday at the World Dairy Expo in Madison.

Their score of 1,973 trailed only Wisconsin 2,017 and Maryland 2,014.

The team consisted of Lora Wright, Ellie Wantland, Grant Groves and Daryin Sharp and was coached by Ted Probert and Karla Deaver.

The top 10 individuals included:

#6 Lora Wright 673
#9 Ellie Wantland 667

The top individual was Kylie Nickels of Wisconsin at 688.

MDA has been a sponsor of the team for over 20 years along with sponsoring the 4-H Cow Camp in Springfield.

Way to go!

The MDA Board of Directors

MDA Newsletter - September 2017
Elected Officials Confer with MDA Board
During the Missouri State Fair, MDA board members met with numerous state and national officials at the Gerken Dairy Center. 

MDA Teams with MOFB in Support of S.951
MDA and the Missouri Farm Bureau sent an August 18 letter to Senators Blunt and McCaskill urging their support for The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951).

House To Consider Exempting Emission Requirements 
On September 7, MDA and 113 farm organizations sent a letter to each member of the U.S. House of Representatives supporting an amendment to exempt small farms from reporting minute amounts of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emissions.

WOTUS Repeal Letter Gains Support
Efforts are underway to secure support from more than 100 organizations for a letter to EPA encouraging repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. MDA was one of the first groups to sign on.  

Supreme Dairy Champions Announced
MDA is in the 22nd year of sponsoring the Supreme Junior Dairy Champion Award at local fairs in Missouri.  Each winner receives a certificate and cash award from MDA.

Missouri Farmers Care at the Cardinals
MDA is a charter member of Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) which is a coalition of over 40 ag groups in Missouri. MFC promotes agriculture with a display and a farm animal mascot race at Friday night Cardinals games during the season.

Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act Funding APPROVED
Governor Greitens has approved the new Missouri state budget which includes $700,000 for the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act.
This has been a three year legislative effort by the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA), the Missouri Dairy Products Association and DFA.
MDA Board of Directors along with Steve Bunse (not pictured).
Thank you Governor Greitens for supporting Missouri's dairy farmers.
Margin Protection Program (MPP) reimbursement payments will be made to all participating producers from 2015-2017. These payments will be 70 percent of the premiums for bought up coverage.

The Missouri Ag and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) of the Missouri Department of Agriculture has told MDA they plan to make the producer payments before the end of the year.

MDA will be working closely with MASBDA on the implementation of the funding.

EPA Administrator Visits Missouri
Newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt visited rural Missourians April 20 at the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives hosted the event, which also featured U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. The event included MDA and many of Missouri's elected leaders including Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (pictured with MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan).

Lincoln County Approved for Agri-Ready Status

Leveraging it's agricultural strength and economic growth opportunities, Lincoln County has been granted Agri-Ready County Designation by Missouri Farmers Care (MFC), a coalition of 45 leading Missouri agricultural groups including MDA. This designation identifies counties that create an environment conducive to agricultural opportunity and growth which are willing to actively support Missouri's largest industry.  Lincoln County was the 30th county to achieve this status.

The Lincoln County Commission was joined Friday, April 14 by Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO, 3rd), Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, MFC Chairman Alan Wessler, D.V.M, Silex FFA members and local agriculture leaders including MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan to celebrate Lincoln County's designation as an Agri-Ready County.

Supreme Junior Dairy Champion
County and local fairs will soon be happening and MDA will again sponsor the Supreme Junior Dairy Champion Award for dairy cow competition.  Forms and more information will be available shortly to the fairs.

Congratulations to these 2016 award winners:
Leslie Birkenholz, Hopkins, Nodaway County Fair
Julie Bowman, French Village, St. Francois County Fair
Dylan Crews, Springfield, Texas County Fair
Austin Freund, Concordia, Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair
Adeline Dickerson, Lucerne, Putnam County Fair
Sophie Geppert, Columbia, Callaway Youth Expo
Derrek Hardy, Browning, Linn County 4-H/FFA Fair
Micheal Kieninger, Jackson, East Perry Community Fair
Clayton Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, SEMO District Fair
Courtney Lohmann, Perryville, Perry County 4-H Fair
Ellie Samek, Bolivar, Polk County Fair
Colton Rademacher, Owensville, Gasconade County Fair
Serena Stewart, Ava, Grovespring Fair
Jacob Stewart, Ava, Dallas County Fair

Livestock Update Broadcasts from Dairy Expo

Greitens, Blunt Talk with Dairy Farmers

During the State Fair, Governor-elect Eric Greitens and Senator Roy Blunt listened to MDA President Ted Sheppard of Cabool, Mo., discuss the financial crisis facing dairymen.

Wagner Visits with MDA Board

Congresswoman Ann Wagner (Dist. 2) visited with the MDA Board during the State Fair to discuss current issues facing Missouri's dairy producers.

Hartzler Visits with Dairy Farmers

Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler (Dist. 4) met with MDA members during the State Fair to discuss trade issues.

Schwinke Receives Award at Governor's Conference
MDA's first president, Arlen Schwinke, Morrison, received the Dairy Legacy Award at the Governor's Conference on Agriculture.

Fletcher Receives Newcomer Award

MDA member Charles Fletcher, Purdy, received the Missouri Grown Newcomer Award at the Governor's Conference on Agriculture.

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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.


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David R. Drennan - Executive Director 
1954 Sumter Ridge Court
Chesterfield, MO 63017 
Phone: (636) 519-9300 
Fax: (636) 519-1403


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