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Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP)

The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) is designed to support education and extension activities and practice enhancement initiatives that will enable veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary technician students to gain specialized skills and provide practices with additional resources (e.g., equipment, personnel) needed to more effectively mitigate veterinary service shortages in the U.S. Ultimately, this program will bolster the …

Tauchen Named Assistant Director of Communications for US Jersey Organizations

Tauchen

Kaila (Wussow) Tauchen, Cecil, Wis., has been named Assistant Director of Communications for the recently restructured Communications Department of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Tauchen grew up on her family’s operation Milk N’More Farms and was involved in numerous Jersey youth activities. She was the 2017 National Jersey Youth Achievement winner and a past winner of the Pot O’Gold and …

Interest in Postbiotics is Growing

postbiotics

Interest in postbiotics is growing. Postbiotics are non-viable probiotic organisms or cellular components thereof that exert beneficial effects on health or well-being (Shortt 1999). The key distinction between a postbiotic and a probiotic is that a probiotic must be a live microbe when administered. A postbiotic can be dead cells or fragments thereof. The uptick in interest in postbiotics stems …

Breakfast Carts to Serve 5+ Million Pounds of Milk Annually to 70,000 Students Daily

Grab-n-Go Breakfast Carts

GENYOUth, an organization founded through the dairy checkoff to help create healthier schools, is providing Grab-n-Go breakfast carts to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools across the country that will serve more than 5 million pounds of milk annually. GENYOUth – with financial contributions from private businesses – is supporting the installation of Grab-n-Go carts in more than 200 schools …

Swiss scientists played music to cheese as it aged – from Smithsonian.com

Swiss cheese

The creation of good cheese involves a complex dance between milk and bacteria. In a quite literal sense, playing the right tune while this dance unfolds changes the final product’s taste, a new study shows. Denis Balibouse and Cecile Mantovani at Reuters report that hip-hop, for example, gave the cheese an especially funky flavor, while cheese that rocked out to Led Zeppelin …

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

Livestock Gross Margin Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy)for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), previously were determined by the 2014 Farm Bill to be ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy, …

New Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Address Labor Shortages on Dairy Farms

New Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Address Labor Shortages on Dairy Farms

The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) supports a new federal bill that has been introduced by Congressmen Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and John Joyce (R-PA) to expand the current H-2A visa program, allowing for its use by dairy farmers. The bill will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, making it suitable for the year-round labor needs of the dairy industry by allowing …

Hageman Elected as Board President of World Dairy Expo

Hageman Elected as Board President of World Dairy Expo

World Dairy Expo leaders elected officers at the annual March meetings of the Board of Directors, Commercial Exhibitor Committee and Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee. Comprised of dairy producers, business professionals and Expo exhibitors, these groups were also charged with setting new initiatives for the 2019 World Dairy Expo, October 1 through 5, during their respective meetings. The Commercial Exhibitor Committee …

California Dairy Districts Seek Ambassadors to Serve in 2019

California Dairy Princesses

Each year, a special group of young women are selected to represent the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families who contribute to making California number one for milk production in the U.S. These Dairy Princess ambassadors and alternates are selected during events at Districts throughout the state, where they showcase speaking skills, knowledge of dairy and plans to represent …

Cows and the Environment: A California Perspective

By: Dairy Cares There has been a recent surge of efforts to drastically change dietary choices in the name of environmental protection. These efforts often share a flawed approach, citing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission statistics, to create alarm and encourage decreased consumption of meat, dairy, and other livestock products. They falsely imply that raising livestock, no matter where or …

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