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Grants Fund Study, Outreach on Sustainable Milk Production

A four-year, $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will fund a project to test a novel strategy to make milk production more efficient and sustainable, while a second, related NSF grant of $200,000 will help students and faculty from Cornell and SUNY Cortland to communicate animal science to the public. For the project’s research component, principal investigator Joseph McFadden ‘03, associate …

US Ag Exports to Mexico Shatter Records, Including Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Dairy

In 2021, U.S. agricultural and related product exports to Mexico shattered all-time records, helping to close the agricultural trade gap between the two trading partners. Mexico surpassed Canada as the number two market for U.S. agricultural product exports. The highly integrated and complimentary nature of U.S.–Mexico food and agricultural supply chains ensured that record trade was observed across all product …

National Milk Producers Association Advances Marketing Order Discussions

National Milk Producers Federation celebrated strong global demand for U.S. milk in a time of turmoil and asserted leadership in its efforts toward Federal Milk Marketing Order modernization in its two-day March Board of Directors meeting that concluded today. The first in-person board meeting held in Arlington, VA, since March 2020 provided an opportunity both to look back on dairy’s …

International Dairy Federation’s Dairy Innovation Awards

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced the launch of the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards, which is designed to encourage and celebrate innovative practices across the dairy sector. “Dairy actors around the world have been actively engaged over the years in improving farming and processing of milk and dairy foods. It is important for IDF to stimulate and share light on …

Carbon Foot Printing in the Dairy Value Chain Using a Lifecycle Assessment Approach

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) common methodology for lifecycle assessment (LCA) of dairy production and processing was first published in 2010. The guide is designed to assist the dairy industry with its journey to reduce GHG emissions across the value chain. To play its part in mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG), the sector invested considerable effort in trying to better …

“Ag-vocates” to Share Lessons Learned at 2022 Animal Ag Alliance Summit

Ballot initiatives. Undercover videos. “Pink slime.” Animal agriculture has gone through the ringer when it comes to activist actions and misinformed marketing schemes, subsequently adding a new role for farmers and ranchers who feel compelled to speak up for the community they love. At the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2022 Stakeholders Summit, three rockstar “ag-vocates” will break down how engagement has …

Global Demand for High-Protein Whey Soars, but is Growth Sustainable?

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the global market for high-protein whey products, which have now entered the mainstream as a super food for health-conscious consumers. Global demand for high-protein whey has grown exponentially during the pandemic as consumers around the world sharpened their focus on health and nutrition. As the global leader in high-protein whey production and exports, the …

Bring Back the Fat in Dairy

Fashion trends from the 1990s may be making a comeback, but 1990’s dietary trends should definitely stay out of style. In that decade, fat was a four-letter word and non-fat and low-fat versions of foods were promoted over their full-fat counterparts, with the hope of improving heart health and reducing waist lines. We now know that trading fat for carbohydrates …

Extracellular Vesicles from Cow Milk Help with Osteoarthritis

Scientists are exploring an exciting new treatment for osteoarthritis, and the source of this new treatment stems from a surprising place: cow milk. Cow milk contains bountiful numbers of extracellular vesicles (EVs)—tiny cellular bubbles that transport lipids, proteins, and nucleotides between cells—and these vesicles are thought to contain components that influence cartilage formation and degradation. A new study exposed arthritic …

Students Prepare for 20th Anniversary National Dairy Challenge

The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge (NAIDC) and Dairy Challenge Academy is coming to Northeast Wisconsin on March 30-April 2, 2021. More than 200 students from 36 colleges across the U.S. will put their textbook knowledge to work by evaluating a dairy operation and developing recommendations. The NAIDC committee is excited to showcase the best of Northeast Wisconsin. Participants will tour …

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