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Groundwater Sustainably and Protection of Vulnerable Domestic Wells

The California Department of Water Resources, Western United Dairies Foundation, Almond Alliance, Self-Help Enterprises, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers have introduced LandFlex. This solutions-based program assists vulnerable communities in solving the groundwater crisis related to the drought by protecting domestic wells through preventative fallowing, relieving supply pressures, and providing water supply certainty to critically over-drafted basins. “Farmers, underrepresented …

California Dairy Innovation Center Releases Q1 2023 Schedule of Dairy Short Course Training Opportunities

The California Dairy Innovation Center released its schedule of 2023 training programs for processors, producers, entrepreneurs, and students. The courses, which have no pre-requisites, will be held at a variety of California locations and are open to all participants. The preliminary schedule of courses includes: Coffee, Tea, and Creamers: The Science and Art of Milk in Beverages, which will take …

IDFA Recognizes Six Officials for Supporting U.S. Dairy

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has recognized six individuals whose work in legislation and policy on trade and transportation and food and agricultural policy has helped to advance the economic impact of U.S. dairy manufacturing. At the annual Celebration of Dairy event held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M., recognized …

NMC Webinar to Explore Teat Scoring on the Dairy

The National Mastitis Council’s (NMC) will be hosting a webinar on Jan. 5 , led by Cornell University’s Paul Virkler, features “What Can You Learn From Teat Scoring On Your Dairy?” This free, one-hour educational offering starts at 2 p.m. Central time (USA/Canada). Virkler explains that teat scoring can provide valuable insights into the milking event and environmental influences on teat skin. This …

2023 Dairy Margin Coverage Deadline Extended to Jan. 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline for producers to enroll in Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) and Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage (SDMC) for program year 2023 to Jan. 31, 2023. DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) …

Real CA Milk Celebrates Season of Giving with California Cheese Wreath Kit

In celebration of the holidays, today the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) introduced a collaboration with cheese shop Lady & Larder and cheese expert Jessica Lawrenz to present the California Cheese Wreath Kit, a collection of Real California cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, and other items used to create an edible arrangement for seasonal gatherings and gift giving. In the …

California Dairies, INC. To Acquire DairyAmerica

California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the largest dairy farmer-owned cooperative in California, announced today that it has agreed to acquire DairyAmerica, effective January 1, 2023. DairyAmerica, a globally recognized supplier of quality and sustainable dairy ingredients, is a federated cooperative currently co-owned by CDI, Agri-Mark, Inc., and O-AT-KA Milk Products. As part of the acquisition, CDI will purchase the ownership rights …

Changing Labor Laws & Regulations Ag Employers Need to Know

As California farmers prepare for the New Year, there are some labor-related changes to laws and regulations that ag employers need to be aware of.  Watch this brief interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Real California Milk Begins Holiday Season With Mornings Mean More Campaign

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) announced today the return of its consumer promotion focused on holiday breakfast traditions with dairy. The annual campaign – titled Holiday Mornings Mean More – debuted in 2020 and focuses on the California market. Holiday Mornings Mean More communicates messages of family, togetherness, and the importance of celebrating time together over special breakfast recipes. …

Dairy Groups Seek to Fix WIC Proposal that Would Decrease Access to Dairy’s Nutrients

Representing dairy farmers, cooperatives, and processors, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) issued the following joint statement in response to USDA’s proposed changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) released today: “It is unfortunate for WIC participants that the proposed rule would decrease access to dairy products …

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