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Milk Sustainability Center to Launch this Summer, Supporting Dairy Producers Across the Nation

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. In farming, it encompasses responsible stewardship of land and resources, while maintaining economic viability, so that farmers can continue feeding the world for generations to come.  John Deere and DeLaval have joined forces to create a new (free) tool to help dairy farmers measure the efficiency and sustainability of their operations.  California Dairy …

Global Milk Supply and Demand Trends Favor U.S. Dairy

After a challenging 2023, what can dairy producers expect of the milk market moving forward, based on current global supply and demand trends.  California Dairy Editor Matthew Malcolm met with Senior Dairy Analyst at Rabobank Lucas Fuess to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the California and U.S. dairy industry arising from these trends. Watch this brief interview filmed at …

Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage

Dairy producers are now able to enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC), an important safety net program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides producers with price support to help offset milk and feed price differences. This year’s DMC signup began Feb. 28, 2024, and ends April 29, 2024. For those who sign up for 2024 DMC …

American Dairy Coalition Urges Sec. Vilsack for Emergency Decision to Return Class I Pricing to ‘Higher of’ Method

American Dairy Coalition sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and AMS Dairy Programs Administrator Dana Coale urging USDA to grant the American Farm Bureau Federation’s official request for an emergency decision to return the Class I skim price formula to the ‘higher of.’ The AFBF request was read into the record on the last day of the Federal …

Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Seeks Scholar Applicants

Graduate students: Apply for the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Scholar program. The award winner will earn an expense-paid trip to attend the DCRC Annual Meeting, Nov. 12-14, in Arlington, Texas, USA. The application deadline is April 30. Eligible candidates must be a DCRC member and graduate student enrolled full time at a college or university in a dairy, animal …

National Dairy Board Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for college scholarships that are awarded by America’s dairy farmers and importers through the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB). Eleven scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded, in addition to a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding recipient. NDB funds, in part, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national …

Raw Milk Doesn’t Define Dairy

National Milk Producers Federation — The activist claims are unfounded. The proposed laws endanger public health. And raw milk does not define dairy. Much like the anti-vaccination movement (with whom it shares many advocates), raw milk proponents make various claims that may seem at least somewhat plausible but fall apart on closer scrutiny. The arguments, and the suspect reasoning behind …

Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Calls for Award Nominations

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) seeks nominations for its Excellence in Dairy Reproduction Awards program. Dairy industry professionals, including veterinarians, extension agents, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical company representatives, dairy processor and co-op field staff, and consultants, may nominate dairy herds with reproduction excellence. This awards program recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency and well-implemented procedures. Nominations are due …

IDFA Expands Executive Team Roles, and Recognizes Retirement of Neil Moran

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced new roles and responsibilities for three members of the association’s executive team, as well as the retirement of IDFA’s longtime senior vice president of finance and administration, Neil Moran. Additional details on the staff changes are below. Tom Wojno adds the title of Chief Operating Officer to his current title of Senior Vice …

Prepare Now to Apply for This Substantial California Dairy Funding Opportunity

Many California dairy producers have heard of and even participated in CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program; but there is now an additional program available to California dairy producers for a considerable amount of funding known as the Dairy Plus program.  Investing in manure separators, dairy digesters or even vermifiltration wastewater treatment systems have a real positive impact on lowering a …

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