Ag Chat with Bob Bosold - June 7

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- The Class 3 milk price is slowly getting better. The official May price has come out at $16.38-up 42 cents from April and $1.20 more than a year ago. For the first 5 months of the year, the Class 3 has averaged $15.05. Last year the average price was $14.61 with the highest yearly average ever being the 2014 price of $22.34. The highest monthly price ever was in September of 2014 when the Class 3 price topped at $24.60 a hundred.

But going down a little is cheese production across the state. In April total cheese output was just over 279 million pounds-the 5th consecutive month of lower production. Production of all 4 major varieties in Wisconsin--Cheddar, Italian, Mozzarella and American was down in April. Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in cheese output with California in second place but with about 77 million pounds a month less production than we have here.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's plan to move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture out of Washington was handed a defeat this week by then House Appropriations Committee. That group voted not to give the secretary any money to make those moves. But they did ok a bill calling for over $24 billion for fiscal year 2020 to be split among USDA, FDA and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The June Dairy Breakfast schedule is full. On Saturday the Dunn County breakfast will be at the Styer's Alfalawn Farm on Hiway 72 and the Trempealeau County breakfast will also be tomorrow morning at the Gierok farm in the Independence area. Sunday breakfasts include the Taylor County event at the Taylor County fairgrounds in Medford, the Edgar FFA Alumni breakfast will be at the Baeseman family farm in the Marathon area. The Neillsville dairy breakfast will be held at the Mathis Dairy south of Neillsville on Hiway 73 and the Stanley Boyd FFA Dairy breakfast will be hosted by Riverview Dairy in the Boyd area. All those breakfasts will start at either 6 or 7 a.m. and run until about noon. And don' forget next Friday June 14th, it's the annual Breakfast in the Valley at the Eau Claire Exposition center with serving starting at 5a.m. running until 10.