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Federal Dietary Committee Recommends 3 Servings of Dairy Per Day

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) released the following statement today:   “Today, members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) confirmed dairy products should maintain a central, important role in federal nutrition recommendations for people beginning at a very early age. In addition to maintaining three servings of dairy per day, the committee found strong evidence pointing to positive …

Yogurt Consumption Is Associated with Reduced Mortality in Women

Yogurt isn’t just yummy, it’s also an excellent source of valuable nutrients—including protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B-12—and has been associated with various health benefits.     Given its beneficial effects on health, it’s perhaps not surprising that yogurt has been thought to increase lifespan. “Yogurt and other fermented milk products such as kefir have long been claimed to extend …

Mexican Dairy Imports Slow – USDA FAS Report

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s latest Mexico Dairy & Products Semi-annual Report shows Mexico’s dairy industry to be experiencing a slowdown due to the domestic economic situation and pandemic emergency measures. Even though Mexico’s dairy industry is being hit hard, the forecast for 2020 is not too pessimistic, as production of milk and dairy products is expected to continue with a …

COVID-19 Impacts on Food Supply Chain (May 12 Zoom Call)

Why is milk being dumped and produce left to rot in fields while grocery store shelves go empty during the COVID-19 pandemic? Why are grocery stores running out of meat, and eggs becoming so expensive? The head of California’s Department of Food and Agriculture, researchers from the University of California, Davis, and food purveyors will tackle these and other questions …

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Applications Now Open for Ag

The U.S. Small Business Administration began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications today at 9:00 AM PST on a limited basis only, to provide relief to dairy farms and other U.S. agricultural businesses. The application is available here.   The Small Business Administration is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to …

Hot Cows, Less Milk in China

There are clear signs that growth in milk production in China is leveling off and, recently, even declining, say a team of Chinese and international researchers, including from World Agroforestry (ICRAF), in a study published in the journal, Climatic Change.Heat stress is one of the main reasons for the recent reduction. In their study, the team computed the change in milk production …

California Milk Advisory Board’s Elects 2020 Executive Committee

The California Milk Advisory Board is proud to share its newly elected 2020 Executive Committee officers including: Vice Chairman Tony Louters of Merced, Chairman Josh Zonneveld of Laton, Treasurer David Vander Schaaf of Stockton, Member-at-Large Essie Bootsma of Lakeview, Secretary Megan Silva of Escalon, Member-at-Large Kirsten Areias of Los Banos, and Member-at-Large Renae DeJager of Chowchilla. David Vander Schaaf is …

USDA COVID-19 Food Assistance Program to Support Farmers

Summary By Schramm, Williams & Associates, Inc. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to support farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is comprised of two major elements: direct payments to farmers and ranchers and commodity purchase and distribution. Direct Payments Program – Provides $16 billion in direct support based …

Dairy Council of CA Encourages Healthy Eating During Unprecedented Times

Message from CEO Tammy Anderson-Wise: We are living in an unprecedented and challenging time as COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States. California schools and non-essential businesses have closed their doors, and Californians are being asked to stay at home as a safety measure to stop the spread of this fast-moving pandemic. Dairy Council of California believes the health of …

Japan Increases Dairy Price Supports Due to COVID-19

The Government of Japan announced increased support for dairy farmers and processors to mitigate impact of reduced milk consumption in schools following the government’s decision to close schools due to COVID-19. Approximately 10 percent of drinking milk in Japan is diverted to school meal use. The support program is budgeted at $21.5 million and will provide price supports for excess …

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