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US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

With a rising middle class in China, US dairy producers saw potential for a great marketing opportunities that has recently been shattered by the current international trade dispute.  With trade issues in Mexico as well, another big market for the the US dairy industry, there are big concerns as to how this will impact the industry in a time of …

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

The passage of Proposition 12 last year really showed how misinformed the public is and Anti-Animal Ag activists continue to fuel the fire, and their next target in destroying the dairy and beef cattle industry is to outlaw calf hutches.  This is just one of the many issues California dairy and beef cattle producers are dealing with at this time. …

How the New Farm Bill will Assist California Dairy Producers

While there has been a lot of talk about the new Farm Bill that finally passed, California dairy producers may be wondering how and if it will really impact them.  Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California shared that it will, through the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program replacing the less impactful Margin Protection Program. …

Unnecessary Trade War Risks Irreparably Damaging U.S. Dairy

Unnecessary Trade War Risks Irreparably Damaging U.S. Dairy

By Laurie Fischer, CEO, American Dairy Coalition Mexico imports nearly a quarter of the U.S. dairy industry’s exports annually. It’s a critical $1.4 billion marketplace. And it’s one that President Trump continues to risk damaging permanently — and unnecessarily. Locked in a trade war since May, Mexican leaders are setting aside American business connections that took decades to build as our …

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Gov’t Shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, …

2018 Election Losses for CA Ag & Where to Go from Here

There were some successes, but a lot of disappointments in California’s 2018 elections.  So where do we go from here? What’s a farmer to do in an askew state like California?  Check out this brief interview with Emily Rooney, President of the Ag Council of California as she shares her insights from the election and some considerations moving forward. Enjoy our Ag video …

What CA Dairy Producers Should know about SGMA

California farmers continue to face disappointment after disappointment with economic and regulatory issues, but now is not the time to bury your head in the sand.  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is coming into fruition, and farmers need to not only be aware of how this will impact them, but getting involved in their local water agencies will be …

Reducing Cow Emissions with a Seaweed Diet

Could seaweed be the saving grace California dairy producers need to meet the State’s demands in reducing methane emissions from dairy cattle 40% by 2030? Not necessarily, but check out this brief interview with Ermias Kebreab from the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis who provided an update at the inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit on their research that …

CDFA’s Work to Regulate Antibiotics in Livestock

A report issued last week by a consortium of environmental groups on antibiotics in the meat supply chain highlights the importance of work being undertaken by California Department of Food and Agriculture as the first state in the nation to regulate the use of antibiotics in livestock. The report touched on CDFA’s efforts but it is important to clearly state …

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