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FSA Adjusts Farm Loan, Disaster, Conservation and Safety Net Programs

FSA Services Available by Phone Appointment Only: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are open by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions. Additionally, FSA is relaxing the loan-making process and adding flexibilities for servicing direct and guaranteed loans to provide credit …

House Approves, Trump Signs Coronavirus Stimulus into Law

President Donald J. Trump today signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) into law with provisions to provide financially distressed consumers and small businesses greater access to business loans and bankruptcy relief. The legislative package, which quickly passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote earlier today and 96-0 in the Senate on Wednesday, provides …

Japan’s Dairy Certificate Updated to Satisfy New Food Safety Law

Beginning March 1, 2020, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will endorse a new version of the “Veterinary Certificate for raw milk and milk products from cloven-hoofed animals to be exported to Japan from the United States for human consumption”. The certificate has been updated to satisfy a new requirement under Japan’s Food Sanitation Law that all imported …

Lactose-Free Milk is Growing Faster Than Plant-Based. You Didn’t Know That?

This might be tough to digest if you’re a plant-based fundamentalist, but the numbers don’t lie: In 2019, lactose-free milk sales grew twice as fast as plant-based beverages, with lactose-free poised to surpass almond-beverage sales this year. How could this be, given the hyperbole about dairy’s decline and the rise of plant-based beverages? Well…   Contrary to some portrayals, the …

Clover Sonoma Advances Social and Environmental Impact with New Fully Renewable Milk Carton

Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy, today announced its B Corporation recertification and the first fully renewable plant-based milk carton in the United States as part of its continued focus on sustainability. As a result of better employee and community engagement, environmental standards, and corporate governance, the company received an improved score of 100.5 during its B Corporation …

USDA’s Milk Donation Reimbursement Program Webinar, Mar. 18

Congress created the Milk Donation Reimbursement Program as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. The goals of this program are to reduce food waste and provide nutrition assistance to low-income families and individuals. Under the program, eligible dairy organizations partner with non-profit organizations in their communities that distribute food to low-income individuals. The program reimburses qualifying partnerships for certain expenses …

International Dairy Foods Update on Corona Virus

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. On March 11, WHO declared the virus a global pandemic.The virus, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in January in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Confirmed cases are concentrated in China but have spread throughout Asia and more recently into Europe and other regions, …

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 …

Get Funding for On-Farm Conservation Projects with the USDA-NRCS

From floods to drought, fire to hurricanes, NRCS provides disaster recovery assistance to farmers, ranchers and landowners through a variety of USDA programs. Watch this brief interview with Brooke Pippi to find out how NRCS can support you. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support and see them at their booth at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, …

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