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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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Dairy Revitalization Act Status, Budget Update
The $1.1 million in the current state budget for MPP reimbursement to dairy producers is still withheld. MDA has urged the release with Governor Greitens,  and with Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn in several visits. Improving tax revenues for the state budget, MDA is told, would help our efforts.
The Act requires funding approval for each budget year. The Missouri House has approved $700 million for MPP reimbursement thanks to Representative Redmon (Dist. 4) and Reiboldt (Dist. 160). The Missouri Senate will consider final approval this week of $880 million for MPP thanks to Senator Hegeman (Dist. 12) and Brown (Dist. 16). The difference would be ironed out in a Conference Committee.
MDA's position has always been producers come first, and therefore to reimburse the 2015 and 2016 producer sign ups for additional coverage.

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

2017 Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars

Missouri Dairy Profit Seminars presented by the Missouri Dairy Association and the University of Missouri will take place February 20-24, 2017 in Sedalia, Springfield, Mountain Grove, Jackson and Union.

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Profit Seminar Presentations
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Forage Expert to Talk at Profit Seminars
Dr. Bruce Anderson has led forage extension and research at the University of Nebraska since 1979.  His extension emphasis focuses on alfalfa production and marketing and pasture management. 
His Hay & Forage Minute is heard weekly on major farm radio stations throughout the state. Research emphasizes forage quality in hay and pasture systems, utilization of warm-season grasses, and pasture legumes. 
Dr. Anderson is recognized nationally as an authority on alfalfa production techniques, hay quality management, native warm-season grasses, and forage-livestock systems. He is a highly sought speaker and advisor because of his practical approach to sophisticated forage management.
Dr. Anderson is a native of a small dairy and row crop farm in Minnesota. He received his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Missouri. He resides on and operates a small, forage-only farm near Lincoln.

Livestock Update Broadcasts from Dairy Expo

Dairy Expo Hotel Sold Out
The Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center is SOLD OUT for sleeping rooms for the Heart of America Dairy Expo this week, Thursday, January 19 through Saturday, January 21.
We have made arrangements with the Best Western Hotel, which is right across Glenstone Ave. from the Ramada.  
Mention you are with the Heart of America Dairy Expo and receive a special Expo rate of $69.99 plus tax.
The Best Western's phone number is (417) 862-0701.
Five good reasons to attend this week's Expo:
  • Four nationally known dairy speakers on timely topics (from feed to finance to promotion)
  • Producer panel discussion on "managing during tough financial times"
  • Women in Dairy Social Moment with Midwest Dairy Association Program
  • Largest trade show ever with 68 exhibitors (from as far away as California and Wisconsin)
  • New equipment displays
Encourage your neighbors to attend!  
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Heart of America Dairy Expo Program Announced
Dairy farmers from all over the southern Midwest will be gathering in Springfield, MO, January 19-21, 2017, for the fifth annual Heart of America Dairy Expo presented by Hiland Dairy Foods.
The Heart of America Dairy Expo features four nationally known dairy speakers, and the largest dairy specific trade show in the southern Midwest, at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. 

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.

Missouri Dairy Forum
 Record Crowd Attends Missouri Dairy Forum

A record crowd of almost 400 people attended the two day Missouri Dairy Forum held recently at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.

Missouri House Recognizes Dairy Industry Plight
The Missouri House of Representatives has passed the “Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014” (HB 1326) by an overwhelming vote of 137-4. HB 1326 is sponsored by Representatives Casey Guernsey (District 2) and Bill Reiboldt (District 160). The bill now awaits consideration by the Missouri Senate.

Missouri State Fair
MDA Executive Director Dave Drennan (left) and past president Arlen Schwinke of Morrison discussed dairy policy with Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) in the Gerken Dairy Center at the Missouri State Fair.

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Missouri House Recognizes Dairy Plight

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed the “Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014” (HB 1326) by an overwhelming vote of 137-4. HB 1326 is sponsored by Representatives Casey Guernsey (District 2) and Bill Reiboldt (District 160). The bill now awaits consideration by the Missouri Senate.


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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.


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


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