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California Dairy Leaders Program Helps Build Industry Leaders of Tomorrow

Like most farmers and ranchers, dairy farmers know a lot about farming but often need to learn more about the ways government actions and farmer checkoffs affect their businesses. That’s where the California Dairy Leaders Program comes in. After a COVID-related hiatus, the program – sponsored by Western United Dairies (WUD) – has selected its 16th class of dairy professionals …

Dairy Producers Can Now Enroll for 2023 Dairy Margin Coverage

Dairy producers can now enroll for 2023 coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, an important safety net program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that helps producers manage changes in milk and feed prices. Last year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) took steps to improve coverage, especially for small- and mid-sized dairies, including offering a new Supplemental …

NMPF Endorses Federal Milk Marketing Order Modernization Plan

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) leadership unanimously endorsed a proposal to modernize the Federal Milk Marketing Order milk-pricing system at its annual meeting in Denver. It also welcomed new directors — as well as a new member. “Dairy is positioned to be a trusted anchor in an uncertain world,” said NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney in remarks at the meeting, part …

IDFA Encourages the FMC to Support Dairy Exporters Under Ocean Shipping Reform Act

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) recently submitted comprehensive comments to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in response to the agency’s rulemaking to implement portions of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA or Public Law 116-146), which IDFA strongly supported. President Biden signed OSRA into law on June 16, 2022, after strong bipartisan support in Congress. The first proposed rule …

National Dairy Board Scholarship Award Winners Announced

The dairy checkoff has awarded 12 academic scholarships to students enrolled in programs that emphasize dairy and who have shown potential to become future dairy leaders. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB), through Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, annually awards $2,500 scholarships to 11 students. In addition, the NDB awards a $3,500 James H. …

California Dairy Farmer Named NMPF “Communicator of the Year”

Laton, California dairy farmer Melvin Medeiros, a family farm-owner of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), was named the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) Farmer Communicator of the Year at the organization’s annual gathering of dairy-cooperative communicators. Tillamook earned top overall communications honors among NMPF member co-ops. Medeiros, who milks around 1,600 cows roughly 30 miles northwest of Visalia, is a …

Return to ‘Higher of’ Class I Method Near-Unanimous Priority Consensus at FMMO Forum

American Dairy Coalition participated in a productive American Farm Bureau Federal Milk Marketing Order Forum in Kansas City Oct. 14-16. “We thank American Farm Bureau for having this Forum that is vital to building consensus to move forward in a positive direction,” said ADC CEO Laurie Fischer. “ADC led an event at World Dairy Expo preparing for Kansas City. What …

Competition Spotlights Globally Inspired Dishes Featuring Real California Cheese

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) announced the inaugural Global Flavors Culinary Competition, a foodservice event that celebrates the broad application of Real California cheese and dairy products in global cuisines. This year’s competition will provide “A Taste of Italy,” with a focus on developing classic and innovative recipes highlighting Italian-style cheese and dairy products from California. Six professional chefs …

Checkoff Continues Partnership With YouTube Icon MrBeast

The dairy checkoff continues to partner with YouTube sensation Jimmy Donaldson – aka “MrBeast” – who challenged a group of gamers in a custom Minecraft gaming competition featuring a dairy-dedicated level with a chance to win cash. A video launched on October 12 – National Farmer’s Day – showcased the competition and included MrBeast delivering dairy sustainability and nutrition messages …

SNAP Dairy Incentive Program Expands to 150+ Retail Outlets with Award to Auburn University

In a strong show of support for healthy nutrition incentive programs, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a significant expansion of the Healthy Fluid Milk Incentives Projects (HFMIP), a pilot program that provides a dollar-for-dollar match to participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) when they purchase healthy fluid milk options at qualifying food retail outlets. USDA …

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