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International Dairy Federation Early Career Scientist Prize 2024

International Dairy Federation (IDF) is pleased to announce the opening of the third edition of the “IDF Professor Pavel Jelen Early Career Scientist Prize” for “early career” scientists, including graduate and postgraduate students who are less than 3 years since graduation from their highest degree attained. The prize is aimed towards the recognition of scientists and/or technologists in the dairy …

IDF Launches 3rd annual Dairy Innovation Awards

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced the launch of the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2024. The 3rd annual awards are designed to demonstrate the innovation and dynamism of the dairy sector worldwide, offering a unique platform to showcase innovative processes, practices and products that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the global value chain, and contribute to the UN …

WIC Participants Say USDA Cuts to Milk and Dairy Benefits Will Make Their Lives Harder

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to release a final rule revising the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food package. With it, the food and nutrition benefits of nearly 6 million mothers and children under the age of 5 are at risk of being cut. Now, new polling of …

National Sorghum Producers 2024 Yield Contest Open for Entry

National Sorghum Producers will now accept entries for the 2024 National Sorghum Yield Contest. State and national winners are selected from contestants split into East and West regions for the Irrigated, Dryland No-Till and Dryland Tillage divisions, and one overall winner is selected for Food Grade. The entry deadline for the 2024 National Sorghum Yield Contest is November 26, 2024. …

Avian Flu Continues Spreading Across U.S. Dairies, Detection in Idaho Cows

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on March 28th at a dairy cattle farm in Cassia County, bringing the number of affected states to four and adding more evidence the virus may be spreading cow-to-cow. Earlier in the week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that …

IDFA Accepting Applications for 2024 Workplace Safety Excellence Awards

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is now accepting applications for the Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards. Now in its 21st year, the awards honor dairy processing facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety performance and management. To be eligible for an award, a processing facility or transportation operation must implement an effective and innovative health and safety program …

U.S. Dairy Replacement Heifer Numbers Fall to a 20-Year Low

The increasing cost of raising heifer calves has prompted a steep decline in dairy replacements. California Dairy Editor Matthew Malcolm recently met with Corey Geiger, Lead Dairy Economist from CoBank, to discuss the impact of these trends and opportunities for dairy producers.  Watch this brief interview, and read more in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor afimilk for their industry …

National Dairy Council Hosts Leaders to Examine Untapped Dairy Benefits

The national dairy checkoff hosted more than 100 national and international health and wellness experts for a two-day scientific conference addressing the dairy matrix, the concept of exploring the unique nutrient, non-nutrient and molecular compositions of dairy foods. The farmer-funded National Dairy Council (NDC) organized the meeting, titled “Undercover Nutrition: A Symposium Decrypting Food and Dairy Matrix Science,” in Washington …

Joint Dairy Organization Statement on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Found in Cows

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in two dairy cattle herds in Texas and two herds in Kansas this month. Importantly, USDA confirmed that there is no threat to human health and milk and dairy products remain safe to consume. Pasteurization (high heat treatment) kills harmful microbes and pathogens in milk, including the influenza virus. …

Michael Ballou to Address Early Life Calf health During DCRC Webinar

Mark your calendar to attend the next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar, scheduled for May 2, starting at 2 p.m. Central time (USA/Canada). Texas Tech University Professor Michael Ballou will address “Early life calf health and performance have long-term impacts on lifetime health and (re)production performance.” This one-hour webinar is free. The presentation will look at the etiology of …

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