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In a matter of months, South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland, has provided solutions for two big challenges — a closed dairy plant and pandemic-fueled grocery disruption — and has positioned itself for an unexpected but promising new chapter in business.

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The deadline to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage for calendar year 2021 is Friday, Dec. 11. USDA’s Farm Service Agency opened DMC signup in October to help producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities. Read more

The question for us, as well as anyone else involved in the production and processing of fluid milk beverages, is, “How do we convince our family, neighbors and friends that it is OK and there are good reasons to pay more for milk that comes from Pennsylvania cows and is processed in a location not too far from where they live?” Read more

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Processing companies are located in 37 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with the largest number, 14, in Lancaster County, followed by Berks County with eight companies and Chester and Montgomery counties with five each. Read more

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USDA reports Dairy Margin Coverage participation as a percentage of farms with established production history, not as a percentage of total dairy farms. Read more

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A recent Lancaster Farming article by Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board attorney Doug Eberly provided an update on the Dean Foods situation and status of payments required under the Milk Producers’ Security Act of 1984 to individual producers and cooperatives. Read more