From strong retail sales to higher prices, from healthy export interest to labor shortages, 2021 presented a number of tailwinds and headwinds for the dairy industry. In a special, year-end episode of The Dairy Download, a panel of experts recaps this year’s dairy markets and gives a sneak peek into 2022.

Joining our year-end episode are Sara Dorland, managing partner at Ceres Dairy Risk Management, who gives her outlook on US milk production growth in the year ahead. We also feature Patti Smith, CEO of DairyAmerica, shedding light on export opportunities for US product amid sluggish global milk supplies and logistics snarls. And Mike McCully, owner of The McCully Group, discusses how energy, fertilizer and other international pressures could weigh on domestic dairy prices.

They’re joined by hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley. What got them though this volatile and memorable year? Tune in and subscribe to find out.

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Witty, fast-moving and stacked with dynamic guests, The Dairy Download offers sharp insights in a neat, 25-minute package. Blimling’s Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley host each episode, leading listeners through a rundown of action in the CME markets and things to watch, while going in depth with guests on consumer, market and policy trends shaping dairy.

Wonks, nerds, data hounds and tech evangelists are welcome. Listeners get the perspectives of various industry experts who can unpack challenging issues in fun and interesting ways.

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