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“Eliminating MPCs will help save dairy farms”


Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Preston area dairy farmer Delbert Mandelko participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby members of Congress to support legislation that would close trade loop-holes that allow the importation of Milk Protein Concentrates (MPCs). MPCs are used in the production of cheese, which competes with Class III milk. Mandelko, the former President of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, believes that if MPCs are eliminated, the price for milk would increase to the point that government loss subsidies would no longer be needed.According to the General Accounting Office (GAO), the importation of MPC imports have surged by 600%, from 805 metric tons in 1990 to 44,878 in 1999.Journal editor John Torgrimson spoke with Mandelko last week. The following is a summary of their interview:Journal: You recently returned from Washington where you met with elected officials about the dairy industry. Could you brief us on your trip?Mandelko: We were out there for five days (September 6-10) at the request of the National Farmers Union. The purpose of our visit was to urge Congress, the Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider the importation and use of MPCs (Milk Protein Concentrates). We also encouraged the implementation of Country of Origin Labels. This will help Minnesota dairy farmers with milk prices. The third reason for being in Washington was to oppose the National Cheese Institute, and other groups efforts to redefine milk - so that cheese can be made cheaper. Kraft and the big manufacturers want these changes so that ultra-filtered milk can be used as an ingredient in cheese products. A GAO study found that most of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and lactose are removed through this filtration process. (See accompanying article by Dave Fredrickson, National Farmers Union President, When is Milk Not Milk?)Journal: What is the status of dairy right now?Mandelko: Our price has come back right now, but we’re losing farmers, even in Fillmore County. There won’t be a dairy industry in Minnesota pretty soon, because we cannot compete with the imports.Our biggest problem has been that there hasn’t been profits that allow us to update our facilities or even build new ones. We are losing money and you just can’t keep doing that forever. People are basically working .....
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Board listens again to Heartland opponents

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."   Benjamin Franklin

Concerned citizens took their case for an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Heartland’s tire burning plant to th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report:Long-needed water utility improvements get underway

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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At their September 22, 2003 meeting the Rushford City Council followed the recommendations of Bill Chang from BDM Consulting Engineers to begin the city’s water utility improvements. At Chang’s suggestion, the city agreed to send BDM utility drawings ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The September 16 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer, J ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Autumn garden care to-do list

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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By Nancy Huisenga, Fillmore County Master Gardener  Now that the 2003 gardening year is drawing to a close, it’s time to go through a To-Do List of Garden Care Tips to ensure the best chance for successful wintering of trees, ..... 
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New school immunization rules adopted by state

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has adopted rules that set out new immunization requirements and makes several modifications to the current school immunization requirements.

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, child ..... 
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Harmony seeks to purchase property from the county

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA), City Administrator Jerome Illg, and Council Member Mark McKay approached the commissioners about the possible acquisition of a parcel that runs just west of the incubator building at 235 2nd St. NW in ..... 
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CCC and WPA are an important part of local history

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the United States was sent into a great depression that lasted for over ten years. In just a short period of time, millions of Americans lost their life savings. Over half a million were unemployed and ..... 
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Preston woman recovers from liver transplant

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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"It has been almost a nursing class on its own,” stated Irene Mathison, as she reflected on the health problems of her daughter. She and her husband, Larry, have spent the better part of ten years helping their daughter, Karen, work through a maze of ..... 
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