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Dairy Industry Applauds USDA’s New Dairy Donation Program Aimed at Addressing Hunger, Food Waste

Dairy industry representatives offered their support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new $400 million Dairy Donation Program (DDP). The Department released an interim final rule all but finalizing the DDP and making its $400 million funding available to eligible handlers and cooperatives. The program will ensure U.S. dairy companies are fairly compensated for donating nutritious dairy products to …

California Cheese On Top At World Dairy Expo

Karoun Dairies has once again proven why California is the dairy capital of the United States, going up against cheesemakers nationwide at the World Dairy Expo and winning gold – two to be exact! After an 18-month long hiatus, the dairy industry had its first official contest on Thursday, August 19th in Madison, Wisconsin – the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy …

Main and Vail Proclaimed 2021 McKown Master Breeders

On behalf of the Klussendorf Association, World Dairy Expo® is pleased to share that Ken Main and Peter Vail, along with their Cutting Edge prefix, have been selected as the twelfth recipients of the Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award. This award honors exemplary breeders and herds that have been successful at showing and judging dairy cattle. The winners embody …

Adjustments to Dairy Safety Net & New Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the details of the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program as part of meetings with farmers and a tour of farms with Senator Leahy. In June, Secretary Vilsack committed to providing additional pandemic assistance for dairy farmers in an exchange at a hearing with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Leahy. Through the program, USDA …

CCQA Publishes Animal Care Reference Manual

The Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA) program today published the first volume of its Animal Care Reference Manual. This manual assists farmers and ranchers who raise different breeds of male and female calves intended for dairy and/or beef production systems, encouraging calf raisers to approach management decisions with thoughtfulness and an appreciation for the responsibility they have to their …

Career Connections to Fuel the Future Through World Dairy Expo

World Dairy Expo® is proud to offer opportunities for youth interested in the dairy industry to develop their professional skills and network throughout the annual event in Madison, Wisconsin. Career Connections is the newest tool from Expo to connect students and young professionals with job and internship opportunities in the dairy industry. “Career Connections gives youth and young adults a chance …

European Commission Delays Certificate Regulation, Protecting U.S. Dairy Exports and Global Infant Nutrition Supply Chains

After months of advocacy by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) with U.S. and European officials, the European Commission (EC) decided yesterday to extend the implementation deadline for its new health certificate requirements to Jan. 15, 2022, backing off threats to shut down U.S. dairy exports to EU member states as well as transshipments of U.S. dairy products through the …

Dairy Industry Commends Introduction of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) offered their support for bipartisan legislation introduced today by Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD), the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. The dairy industry, as well as other exporters, has faced substantially increased costs to ship their goods overseas, challenges obtaining containers and other equipment to …

Dairy Families Cite Dramatic Drop in Water Usage in Helping State Endure Record Water Shortfall

Hard hit by the state’s record drought, California’s dairy families launched a public information campaign designed to highlight their continued investments in technology and innovation to dramatically reduce water use. The campaign includes a multi-media effort with statewide radio and digital advertising, public relations effort and partnerships on public radio stations. Led by the California Cattle Council, the campaign highlights the …

Why Mix Varieties of Wheat in a Field?

You’ve probably heard of the value of diversification in your financial portfolio. Having more than one type of financial investment reduces risk of losing all your money. My research involves lowering risks for farmers who grow wheat in a sustainable practice of crop mixtures. A typical wheat field is one variety, a monoculture production. This tends to be common because …

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