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U.S. Dairy Exports Volume Sets All-Time High Mark in 2020

Despite significant disruptions in trade throughout 2020, the United States exported nearly 2.4 million metric tons of dairy goods last year–a record-setting mark, according to data released today by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) issued the following statement: “Last year was yet another banner year for U.S. …

CDFA Seeks Public Comments on New Alternative Manure Management Program Practices

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) is seeking public comments on recommendations for proposed new manure management practices to be potentially included in its Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). Proposals for new practices were accepted through a Request for Proposals (RFP) between July 6, 2020 and September 4, 2020. There were several important requirements needed to submit a …

IDFA Announces New Member Leadership

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced new members of the organization’s Executive Council as well as new directors for the group’s five Industry Segment Boards. IDFA’s Executive Council is composed of executives from across the dairy foods industry and focuses on the business and operations of the association. The five Industry Segment Boards represent fluid milk, ice cream, …

Impact of Thailand’s Free Trade Agreements with Australia & New Zealand on US Dairy Exports

The import tariffs and quotas for some Australian and New Zealand dairy products (including whole milk powder, whey, cheese, and anhydrous milk) were removed on January 1, 2021, while import tariffs and quotas for milk, cream, flavored milk, and skim milk powder will be eliminated in 2025. The removal of the import tariffs and quotas for Australian and New Zealand …

Wheat Resistant to Devastating Rust Fungal Diseases

Nature Biotechnology has published research—partially funded by The 2Blades Foundation—on the development of a new wheat variety that shows exceptional resistance to wheat stem rust. Stem rust is among the world’s most devastating plant diseases, with records of stem rust pandemics dating back over 2000 years. The stem rust pathogen Puccinia graminis is capable of completely destroying a crop of …

Alexandre Family Farm Becomes The First Certified Regenerative Organic Dairy Farm In The US

Alexandre Family Farm has become the Regenerative Organic Alliance’s first and only Regenerative Organic Certified dairy farm in the United States. The Alexandre Family Farm is also the first dairy to obtain Ecological Outcome Verification certification by the Savory Institute. These certifications acknowledge that the farm’s practices go far beyond sustainability to continuously improve soil biology as well as the …

NMPF Calls For Class I Mover Change In Push For Improve Dairy Pricing

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) on Jan. 11 called for changes to the so-called Class I fluid milk price mover to recover losses dairy producers have faced from the extreme price disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, part of a suite of policies essential to advancing the well-being of dairy farmers and the entire industry in response to challenges …

Dairy Farmers of America Receives IDFA’s Food Safety Leadership Award

Dairy Farmers of America received the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) 2021 Food Safety Leadership Award during IDFA’s Dairy Forum today. The award was presented to the DFA Dairy Brands Division Food Safety and Quality Assurance Team and was accepted by Roger Hooi, DFA’s vice president of quality assurance, food safety and regulatory. The award, now in its fifth year, …

National Dairy Board Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for college scholarships that are awarded by America’s dairy farmers and importers through the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB). Eleven scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded, as well as a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding recipient. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national …

Checkoff Scientist Helps Pizza Hut Launch Detroit-Style Offering

Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) onsite scientist Nitin Joshi has helped Pizza Hut launch handcrafted Detroit-Style pizza nationwide. Joshi, vice president of product development, said the new offering has 50 percent more cheese than a similar rectangular pizza on the chain’s menu. The project was in the works for more than a year and began from a brainstorm session between DMI and …

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