New Podcast

Posted on July 22, 2015

It's happened. Mark Stephenson and Bob Cropp have been expecting that milk prices would decline substantially in the face of export competition. And this month, we see evidence of those price declines. Nonfat dry milk prices are at lows not seen in more than 12 years but cheese and butter prices appear to be more resistant to such a change. The video is about 10 minutes long and you can access it from the Podcast section of the web site.

Updated MPP Decision Tool

Posted on July 19, 2015

The new signup period for the Margin Protection Program is underway and will continue through September 30, 2015. The MPP Decision Tool has been updated to reflect changes in the program—including the bump in a producer's historic production—and new features. You can access the decision tool here.

New Publication

Posted on July 17, 2015

Milk prices and MPP margins have shown cycles for the past 15 years. Chuck Nicholson and Mark Stephenson examine the current downturn in prices and compare our current time period to previous cycles. Three forecasting models draw somewhat different conclusions. You can access the article here.