December milk production

TRAVERSE CITY – Michigan dairy herds produced 828 million pounds of milk in December, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service's Great Lakes Regional office.

The figure is a 7.8 percent increase from 2013. The daily rate per-cow, at 66.5 pounds, was up 1.3 pounds from December, 2013. The dairy herd was estimated at 402,000, up 22,000 head from a year earlier.

Milk production in the 23 major states during December totaled 16.2 billion pounds, up 3.2 percent from December, 2013. The daily production per-cow in the 23 major states averaged 60.8 pounds, 1.1 above December, 2013. There were 8.61 million head of milk cows on farms, a 107,000 head increase from a year before.

USDA conservation funding

TRAVERSE CITY – The USDA will make $100 million available through its Conservation Stewardship Program this year.

CSP participants take additional conservation steps to improve soil, air, water and habitat quality and conserve energy.

Farmers, rangers and forest landowners can submit applications by Feb. 27. Learn more about CSP at http://1.usa.gov/MnhK5x. Apply for the program at http://1.usa.gov/1tlOmkS or by contacting the Garylord office at (989) 732-6526.

USDA farmland study

TRAVERSE CITY – The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownerships. Landowners should have received questionnaires called Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land. Response to the survey is mandatory. Results will be published in August.

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