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International Dairy Foods Association Names New Members of Executive Council and Directors

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced new members of the organization’s Executive Council as well as new directors for the group’s five Industry Segment Boards. Patricia D. Stroup, senior vice president and chief procurement officer of Nestle S.A., and CEO of Nestrade S.A., was selected to chair the IDFA Executive Council. Mike Durkin, president and CEO of Leprino Foods …

USDA Announces Additional Assistance for Dairy Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). The update to PMVAP and the new ODMAP will enable USDA to better support small- and medium-sized dairy operations who weathered …

Claim Your Cash Reward for Employing Through COVID-19 Mandates

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Did you know the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) for businesses is FREE money? Well, not really – it’s technically your money sitting in the treasury – you just have to rightfully claim it. If I told you I help businesses like yours capitalize on the government’s newest and most profitable “credit” program, would you believe me? …

Apply Now for $4.1 Million Innovation Grants to California Dairy Producers, Processors

California producers and processors are invited to apply for funding up to $1 million for innovation initiatives to become more competitive in a second round of dairy business grant awards recently announced by the Pacific Coast Coalition’s Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (PCC-DBII), hosted by California State University Fresno. The PCC-DBII will award funding to assist with innovative dairy product development, …

California Producers, Processors Awarded $300,000 in Dairy Business Innovation Initiative Grants

The California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC) announced five California winners of Dairy Business Innovation Initiative grants by the Pacific Coast Coalition, the USDA-funded Initiative hosted by Fresno State University supporting dairy product, process and packaging innovation. The winners include Capstone Ranch/Wonder Cow (Madera County), Central Coast Creamery (San Luis Obispo County), Foggy Bottom Boys (Humboldt County), Schoch Family Farmstead (Monterey …

Reinforcing Buy American Food Act in California School Districts

Finding that California school districts have not been following the Buy American Act regarding food purchases, Ag Council of California sponsored legislation to reinforce the provision with successful results.  Watch this brief interview with Emily Rooney, President of Ag Council, for more details and how this will support California agriculture and the local economy. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Almond Hulls Enhance Low Quality Alfalfa in Dairy Cattle Diet

As severe weather events impact an already limited supply of alfalfa feed in California, research at UC Davis is showing that combining almond hulls with lower quality alfalfa can help improve digestibility for dairy cattle. Watch this brief interview with Postdoctoral Researcher Katherine Swanson as she elaborates on the study results.  Read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Please …

Benefits of Grazing Sheep Over Winter Alfalfa

If fertilizer costs are bogging you down and you can hardly get into your wet alfalfa field this winter anyways, consider grazing sheep in the field.  That’s what diversified California feed grower Bret Sill is trying out this winter.  Watch this brief interview with Bret as he explains, and read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this …

Preparing for the Next Round of Funding for CDFA Methane Management Programs

CDFA recently announced awards for the 2022 Alternative Manure Management Program, as well as the Dairy Digester Research & Development Program, These programs are very competitive, and Paul Sousa from Western United Dairies encourages interested dairy producers to start preparing now to apply for the next round of funding.  Watch this brief interview with Paul as he explains and read …

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