April 2020 Vol. 2
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The Dairy Signal
TIMELY UPDATES AND STRAIGHT TALK FROM TOP EXPERTS. Join the top minds in the dairy industry by tuning into The Dairy Signal™, the FREE resource that’s gaining traction worldwide. A relevant resource for dairy farmers and industry professionals, each episode airs live at 12pm Central Time every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

After each broadcast all episodes are available for download in video or audio/podcast format here . Download episodes of the Spanish version, La Señal Lechera™. Each translated episode will be available two days after the airing of the original version.

Save the dates for upcoming episodes:
Tues., May 5; Weds., May 6; Thur., May 7
Tues., May 12; Weds., May 13; Thur., May 14
HAVE YOU MISSED A SESSION OF THE DAIRY SIGNAL? Each episode features timely insights and resources to support dairy farmers and industry professionals. Click here to find archived recordings, in English and Spanish – via La Señal Lechera™.

An overview of recent episodes:

April 16
Eric Snodgrass and Dr. David Kohl provided an update on current weather models for the growing season and potential phases of recovery from the impacts of COVID-19

April 21
Dr. Heather White and Dr. Mark Stephenson shared strategies for lowering milk production without causing long-term health or productivity impacts on your herd.

April 22
Dr. David Kohl and Jim Mulhern provided an update on market forecasts and the proposed marketing plans to assist dairy producers and processors.

April 23
Dr. Luiz Ferraretto and Dan Basse discussed market stability and outlook, and insights on cow-feeding strategies.

April 27
Governor Tony Evers and Interim Secretary of State Randy Romanski provided updates on fund allocations, predictions for re-opening the state, and the responsibilities of state government to support agriculture and the food-service industry.

April 28
Dr. David Kohl presented market updates and practical steps to make critical decisions amidst uncertainty. Liz Griffith shared tips and tricks to help listeners think clearly during stressful times to keep dairies and business moving forward. 
Dairy currents
SIGNPOSTS ON THE WAY TO RECOVERY from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) will indicate the direction of the dairy export market in the tentative months ahead, according to a council blog post. The overall uncertainty around public health and the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus are the leading factor, especially as the U.S. dollar strengthens, making dairy imports more expensive in local currencies. Other factors to watch include oil prices, Mexico’s economy, China’s recovery, Southeast Asia’s appetite, domestic dairy consumption, global inventory levels, milk supply response and impact of low prices on global demand. Learn more here .
HOW ARE DIETS AND COOKING HABITS CHANGING as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing requirements? In a new study, American consumers report cooking 54 percent more and baking 46 percent more than before the crisis began. Survey respondents reported enjoying cooking more and being more confident in their kitchens, with 51 percent of consumers who are cooking more expecting to continue the practice after the crisis is over. Click here to read more. 
Flashback focus
In this pre-COVID PDPW Podcast, Hank Wagner talks about his efforts to be a “dealer of hope” and why hope is critical in today’s world. He shares the six beliefs about the role hope plays in daily life and provides ideas on how you can share hope with your family, friends and community members. The message is a timely reminder there are still many things we can control – and that doing so can make all the difference. Listen to the 12-minute episode h ere .
In a more recent podcast, Tom Thibodeau shares a message about the tremendous virtue of hope. Being hopeful about the future not only makes today's situation more bearable but also improves the lives of those around us. Click here for Tom’s reminder of how hope can help us all.

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