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Driving Dairy Sales Today & Preparing for the Future

While the national dairy checkoff is focused on driving sales and trust today, it also is keeping an eye on the future. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff, has been engaged in dairy transformation efforts, which explore ways to turn possibilities of the future into realities for dairy today. “It’s about securing a preferred future that …

American Dairy Coalition defends temporary return to Class I ‘higher of’ milk price formula until USDA hearing process evaluates options

There are several key reasons American Dairy Coalition supports a temporary return to the previous Class I milk pricing formula using the ‘higher of’ Classes III or IV, until a USDA hearing process can evaluate other ideas including a change made in the 2018 Farm Bill to an averaging method plus 74 cents, which was implemented in May 2019. “We …

Artificial Intelligence to Improve Quality & Quantity of Beef, Dairy

For a century, researchers have tracked genetic traits to find out which cattle produce more and better milk and meat. Now, two University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence to analyze millions of bits of genetic data to try to keep cattle cooler and thus, more productive. Raluca Mateescu, a UF/IFAS professor, and Fernanda Rezende, a UF/IFAS assistant professor …

FARM Releases Stakeholder Survey for Version 5.0

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program today released its Animal Care Version 5.0 Stakeholder Survey. This survey will give dairy farmers, industry stakeholders, and partners an opportunity to provide early input on topics, issues, and potential changes they would like considered for Version 5.0. “The FARM Program is committed to ensuring any updates or changes made in …

National Dairy Council Communicates Dairy’s Nutrition, Sustainability Story Ahead of UN Summit

The ability to nourish people amid unprecedented population growth of close to 10 billion by 2050 with escalating climate concerns takes center stage at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) on Sept. 23. The virtual event, which takes place during the UN General Assembly, will convene international stakeholders from across the food system with the goal of making food production …

American Dairy Coalition Supports Immediate Return to Previous Class I Formula Pricing Until New Milk Pricing Options are Examined

“We are in the midst of a modern-day dairy crisis magnified by a Class I pricing change in the 2018 Farm Bill. This system cannot adapt to market conditions and thus is not fairly compensating our dairy farmers. The formula change is a symptom of larger problems in a system that is confusing, convoluted and difficult to understand. We need …

Fuel Up to Play 60 Begins School Year with ‘Fresh’ Approach, Promoting Dairy

The dairy checkoff is positioning the farmer-founded Fuel Up to Play 60 program in a fresh way to help students and educators navigate the school year. Many teachers are looking for ways to engage students through curriculum and digital learning with an emphasis on wellness for minds and bodies. To meet these needs inside and outside the classroom, Fuel Up …

Dairy Associations Urge Additional White House Action on Ports Crisis

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) joined several other organizations urging the Biden administration to take additional steps to alleviate the ongoing ports crisis in a letter sent today to the White House from a coalition of 77 agriculture and food associations. Since early 2021, dairy and other agriculture exporters have been facing …

Dairy and Almond Groups Partner on Healthy Soils Research

Building healthy soils has tremendous benefits. Increasing the amount of organic matter within the soil can improve water retention and protection, reduce erosion, sequester carbon, and improve crop yields. Increasing water scarcity and severe drought conditions make boosting soil resilience an even greater priority for California. Researchers are exploring how the environmental benefits of healthy soils initiatives can extend even …

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