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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 …

Researchers are Juicing Alfalfa as a Next-Generation Aquafeed

Cows and horses aren’t the only fans of alfalfa. Yellow perch like it, too. That’s what Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators concluded when they fed the fish pellets made with a protein concentrate from the legume crop’s protein-rich leaves. They’re experimenting with alfalfa as part of a broader effort to find suitable alternatives to using fishmeal, a …

Dairy Products, Philippines Third Largest Ag Import

The Philippines imports virtually all of its dairy products, especially milk powder, as domestic production cannot meet the country’s dairy demand of nearly 3.0 million metric tons (MMT) liquid milk equivalent (LME) per year, according to the National Dairy Authority (NDA). Total imports in 2020 are projected to drop due to dampened consumer demand caused by the COVID-19 induced economic …

FARM Program to Host Quick Convo Informational Sessions

The National Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program will host a series of online informational sessions beginning Nov. 4. The “Quick Convos” will feature FARM staff and industry stakeholders discussing program components, expectations, and available resources. “These conversations will be an opportunity for farmers to really engage,” said Emily Yeiser Stepp, vice president for the FARM Program at the National …

Taiwan Strengthens Dairy Sector, Competes with US Dairy Exports

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and lumpy skin disease, Taiwan’s $1.5 billion dairy sector remains strong. Taiwan continues to improve its milk production with an eye on the coming impact of the New Zealand-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will give New Zealand quota- free duty-free access by 2025. New Zealand’s impending duty free access represents a threat …

Dairy Council of California Celebrates a Century-Long Legacy of Elevating Health

Message from Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO, Dairy Council of California — The 2019–2020 fiscal year has been one of the most rewarding, unexpected and challenging years for Dairy Council of California. We started by celebrating 100 years of empowering stakeholders and educating children and families. We enjoyed many successes in the first three quarters of the year, working toward innovating the programs, resources and …

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