Economics

NMPF Recognizes Employee Excellence Through New Roles

Five NMPF staff members are taking on enhanced responsibilities within the organization in recognition of their exemplary service to the dairy community. Jaime Castaneda, Shawna Morris, Jamie Jonker, Claudia Larson, and Theresa Sweeney-Murphy each will be taking on greater responsibilities in their new roles. “These changes within our organization are a tribute to the hard work and leadership shown by …

USDA to Implement New Dairy Donation Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that it will soon implement the $400 million Dairy Donation Program established by Congress in December 2020. The department provided details on program participation to dairy processors and cooperatives in order to ensure donations of nutritious dairy products continue to make their way to Americans struggling with hunger while USDA finalizes the program. …

National Dairy FARM and Cargill to Offer Customizable Safety Review

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has partnered with Cargill to launch the Actionable Safety Review, a new online tool that enables dairy farmers to identify and review opportunities to improve safety on the farm. “Safety is top of mind for dairy owners and operators, so often they are looking for ideas on what they can do …

CA Beef Council, Camarena Tequila and Real CA Milk Launch “Tacos, Tequila y Más” for Cinco de Mayo

In a partnership that combines three key retail categories-meat, dairy and spirits-the California Beef Council (CBC) is teaming up with the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) and E. & J. Gallo’s Camarena Tequila for a co-branded Cinco de Mayo promotion. Dubbed “Tacos, Tequila y Más,” the 5-week campaign runs April 7 through May 11 and provides consumers with product offers …

Harvest Weed Seed Control in California: Potential and Limitations

In Mediterranean or arid climates, particularly in areas with marginal soils, crop rotations are often limited to a narrow range of hay, pasture, a handful of winter legumes, or rainy-season grasses. Arid conditions and weathered soils drove Australia’s rainfed grain growers to adopt no-till strategies earlier than their counterparts in California. While beneficial from a water use perspective, successful no-till …

Genome to Phenome: ARS Research in Precision Agriculture

How do you build a better dairy cow? Use a tool designed to study the human genome, of course. Working alongside international research partners in the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are using technology to meet the challenges of the increasing global population and ever-changing environmental stressors. The goal of AG2PI is to better understand how …

What’s in Your Milk? Examining Component Tests in Federal Orders

Producers under the California Federal Marketing Order (CFMO) are paid according to the quantity of components in their milk (pounds of butterfat, protein, and other solids) and their respective prices along with a proportionate share of the classified value of the monthly pool as accounted for in the Producer Price Differential (PPD). As has been the case in recent months, …

Rethinking Methane and Change the Narrative Around Animal Agriculture

Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and the sustainability of our current food system are generating quite the media buzz, especially with the United Nations gearing up for its Food Systems Summit later this year. University of California, Davis’ Frank Mitloehner, PhD, will provide insights into why we should be rethinking methane and animal agriculture’s role in reaching climate neutrality at …

Registration Now Open for IDF Nutrition Symposium 2021

Registration is now open for the IDF International Symposium on nutrition and health, a fully virtual event which takes place 11th and 12th May 2021. From today, those interested in attending the Symposium can register for what will surely prove to be the dairy sector’s leading event on nutrition. Non-communicable diseases contribute significantly to poor health worldwide and are an …

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