OPENINGS

Stray Dog Cafe debuts

at Northside Marketplace

Stray Dog Cafe has opened a spot at Northside Marketplace in downtown Akron.

Stray Dog will celebrate by offering 25-cent hot dogs from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday before Super Bowl LIII kicks off.

Northside Marketplace, a collection of eateries and shops, is on the ground floor of the Northside Lofts at 21 Furnace St.

This is the second Stray Dog Cafe downtown. The other is at Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Super Bowl Sunday also brings a session of the Countryside Public Market at the Northside Lofts complex.

The indoor food and producers market — in a former Northside parking garage area — will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

AGRICULTURE

American dairy farmers

face a challenging year

The country's dairy farmers are in for another challenging year with milk farm prices only expected to improve slightly, following four straight years of low prices, experts said Thursday.

One plus is that the new farm bill includes an improved insurance program that farmers pay for to help them when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reach a certain level. But the program was delayed by the 35-day partial government shutdown. While the shutdown is now over, the Farm Services Agency still has to write the rules for the margin program.

"The good news is that farmers have insurance. The bad news is that farmers even have to use insurance to make their milk check whole," said Doug DiMento, a spokesman for Agri-Mark Inc., a dairy cooperative in the Northeast.

"Farmers want to receive a milk check that's going to cover their costs without insurance," DiMento said after speaking at the dairy meeting at the Vermont Farm Show.

Milk prices paid to farmers are expected to be better this year but not by much, University of Wisconsin dairy economist Mark Stephenson said.

ONLINE RETAIL

Amazon tops $3 billion

in strong holiday season

Amazon had another strong holiday season: Its quarterly profit topped $3 billion for the first time as revenue grew across its businesses, including online shopping, advertising and cloud computing.

The Seattle company's estimated revenue for the current quarter, however, was below what Wall Street analysts expected.

Amazon, which recently surpassed Microsoft as the most valuable publicly traded company in the United States reported net income of $3.03 billion for the last three months of 2018.