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$12 Million to Eradicate an Invasive Rodent of Unusual Size

You may have heard of them in the comedy film Princess Bride as “Rodents of Unusual Size”, but this is the real thing — only not so large and formidable.  Nutria were originally introduced into the United States as part of the fur trade in the late 1800s, but were eradicated from California in the 1970s.  They made a sudden …

How to Prevent Grape Bunch Rot

At Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, UCCE Viticulture Advisor Gabriel Torres provided an in-depth presentation on sour rot prevention and management. If you missed his presentation or would like a refresher, watch this brief interview as Gabriel provides of some key points growers should consider in season-long prevention/management of this crop spoiling complex. Please thank this …

Chef Ricky Webster Wins $15,000 in Real California Pizza Contest

Using a revised bake-off format in line with the current Covid-19 protocols, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) awarded two contestants with $25,000, in the 2020 Real California Pizza Contest – an international search for the best pizza recipes using Real California Cheese. Grand Prize winner Ricky Webster, former executive chef for SYSCO Spokane and current owner of Rind and …

Four Dairy Snack Startups Compete For $200, 000 In Real California Milk Snackcelerator Competition Finals

Two Savory, Two Sweet Competitors Preparation for Final Showdown to Make it to Market Tracy, Calif. – November 12, 2020 – Ice cream infused with vegetables, to-go premium cheese snacks, decadent chocolate mousse and flavored paneer make up the finalists announced today in the Real California Milk Snackcelerator product innovation competition created by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) and …

DeLaval Donates $5,000 to National 4-H Dairy Conference

Amidst uncertain times and a multitude of changes to in-person events, DeLaval continues a 36-year tradition of supporting the National 4-H Dairy Conference with a monetary donation. Traditionally, the conference is held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo and offers youth from around North America an opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art farm tours, leadership development and dairy learning experiences. Although …

U.S. Dairy Advances Journey to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

Signaling bold climate change action, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy today unveiled the Net Zero Initiative, an industry-wide effort that will help U.S. dairy farms of all sizes and geographies implement new technologies and adopt economically viable practices. The initiative is a critical component of U.S. dairy’s environmental stewardship goals, endorsed by dairy industry leaders and farmers, to achieve …

Consumers’ Approval of Farming & Agriculture Tops Gallup List

Gallup recently released their “Americans’ Views of U.S. Business and Industry Sectors 2020” and the results show consumers’ view of farming and agriculture has improved over the past year, jumping up 11%.  Now topping the list and beating out 25 other business and industry sectors, including the retail, internet and travel industries. The sports industry has taken the biggest hit, falling 15% points …

Fewer Choices, Higher Prices are Coming Unless Prop. 15 is Defeated

Mark Lacy, president of the California Cattlemen’s Association, penned an opinion piece in the San Joaquin Valley Sun opposing Proposition 15, the largest property tax increase in California history. Lacy cited concerns that the $11.5 billion-a-year property tax measure will devastate family-owned ranches and ultimately lead to higher prices for meat, cheese, eggs and produce for California families. Read excerpts from “Fewer …

Strong Relationships with Elected Officials, Key in Protecting Future of Dairy

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released their report outlining observations from the “Taking Action for Animals Conference” (TAFA),” which took place September 19-20th. The event, featuring speakers from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International and the Humane Society Legislative Fund, stressed the need for attendees who pride themselves as animal activists to become highly engaged in …

Mexico Announces Changes to its Milk Powder Import Procedures

Mexico announced proposed changes to its milk powder import procedures under the “Agreement under which the Secretariat of Economy emits rules and criteria to the general characterization of Foreign Trade”. Stakeholders should submit comments as instructed in the notification before Thursday, November 26, 2020. On September 28, 2020, Mexico notified the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee of its …

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