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New Recognition Award to Be Presented by World Dairy Expo — Nominate Today

World Dairy Expo® is accepting nominations for the 2020 Expo Recognition Awards now through February 1, 2020. New this year, WDE will be combining the former Dairyman and Dairy Woman of the Year Awards into one category, Dairy Producer(s) of the Year. Organizations, academic staff, producers and others involved in the dairy industry are encouraged to nominate individuals to recognize …

Dairy Farmers Continue Collaborative Efforts To Address Community Drinking Water

The California dairy community has long been dedicated to improving groundwater protection, and this commitment will only grow in the new year. By participating in the Central Valley Salinity Coalition, and working closely with regional and state officials, dairy farmers have been part of an incredible 13-year stakeholder effort, which recently resulted in the adoption of a new long-term plan. …

Dairy Defined: In Search of “Big Dairy”

“Big Dairy.” One of the strangest terms attached to the industry. As seen in fear-mongering headlines, Big Dairy is used to de- personalize individual dairy farmers and imply some large, faceless force foisting an agenda on unsuspecting consumers. So, who exactly is it? Maybe by figuring out what Big Dairy is – or isn’t – some light could be shed on …

New Resources on Understanding Activism, Farm Security & Consumer Engagement

The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently announced its new website and updated resources to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. With the mission of the Alliance being to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, its website features resources to help farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and supporters of the industry engage in any and all conversations about animal agriculture. To …

Daniel Errotabere Elected President of Westlands Water District

On December 17, 2019, Don Peracchi announced that he would step down as President of Westlands Water District’s Board, effective December 31, 2019. Following his announcement, the District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Director Daniel Errotabere as President of the District. Mr. Peracchi stated, “It has been an honor to serve as Westlands’ President, and I am proud of …

Dairy Promotion Directors Elect Board Officers

NEW ORLEANS – Leaders of Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) announced election results to lead national dairy checkoff strategies and programs to protect and grow sales. Dairy checkoff leaders elected their officers at the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting of the NDB, UDIA and National Milk Producers …

Early Bird Registration Announced for California Dairy Sustainability Summit

Early bird registration is now open for the California Dairy Sustainability Summit taking place March 25-26, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Summit, co- hosted by Dairy Cares, California Milk Advisory Board, Dairy Council of California, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, and the California Dairy Research Foundation, will bring together hundreds of California dairy farmers, state officials, technology providers …

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Milk Donation Reimbursement Program to December 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an extension of the November 6, 2019, deadline to submit Milk Donation and Distribution Plans for Fiscal Year 2019 and Fiscal Year 2020. Applications are now due no later than December 6, 2019. Details about program eligibility and participation are available at www.ams.usda.gov/mdrp. Interested partnerships must apply for Fiscal Year 2019 and Fiscal …

Finding Truth & What to Do Amidst the Controversy Over Crop Protection Materials “Pesticides”

Agriculture and the science of crop protection materials is too often misunderstood by the public and is under constant attack by extremists in the political arena. As legislation and jurisdiction begins to more commonly ignore sound science in their decision-making, farmers are rightfully concerned about the future of agriculture and what may or may not be in their power to …

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