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Emergency Mortality Disposal Advisory Update

As an update to outdated information shared last week, the following has been provided from a variety agencies including CDFA, RB-5, CalRecycle, various county agricultural commissioners and divisions of environmental health and rendering companies. It represents our best understanding of current requirements, but these may change without notice. Summary   The current heat event has strained the state’s rendering capacity. …

Emergency Mortality Disposal Advisory from CDFA

Disclaimer: The guidance below is only applicable during an emergency declared by the Governor, county agricultural commissioner, or other authorized government entity. Once the emergency situation is over, disposal of mortalities on-site or through landfill without proper CDFA permit will be considered by California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (RB-5) to be a violation of the Dairy General Order, …

Top Pizza Chefs Showcase Innovative Recipes Using Real CA Cheese

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today announced finalists in the 2020 Real California Pizza Contest (RCPC) – a search for the best recipes using Real California Cheese. The contest, in its second year, will award prize money totaling $30,000 for the most innovative use of cow’s milk cheeses from California in three categories. Professional chefs and culinary students from …

Dairy’s Shrinking Water Footprint: A Key Piece of the SGMA Puzzle

The implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and and other anticipated water restrictions pose major challenges for California agriculture. Without effective solutions, economists have estimated that up to one million acres of farmland will be fallowed, resulting in a revenue loss of $7.2 billion per year. As the state’s top agricultural commodity, dairy farming is an important part …

Final Federal Dietary Committee Report Recommends 3 Servings of Dairy Per Day, Affirms Dairy’s Place in Healthy Foods Category

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) released the following statement in response to the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) final scientific report: “Today, 20 leading dietitians, physicians and public health experts that comprise the federal DGAC confirmed dairy products should continue to maintain a central, important role in federal nutrition recommendations for people beginning at a very early age …

Animal Agriculture Alliance launches Animal Ag Allies Development Program

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is excited to announce the launch of the Animal Ag Allies program to empower farmers, ranchers and practicing veterinarians to be outspoken advocates for agriculture online and within their communities. The Alliance is currently seeking participants to enroll by August 7. The Animal Ag Allies program provides opportunities for networking, training, and continuous development of issue …

May Margin Triggers 3rd Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that the May 2020 income over feed cost margin was $5.37 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. “This payment comes at a critical time for many dairy producers,” said FSA Administrator …

USDA Dairy Safety-Net Program Signup to Begin October 12

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) safety-net signup for 2021 coverage will begin October 12 and will run through December 11, 2020. DMC has already triggered payments for two months for producers who signed up for 2020 coverage. “If we’ve learned anything in the past six months, it’s to expect the …

CHEESE BOX DEBUTS IN SUPPORT OF CA ARTISAN CHEESEMAKERS

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) and dairy exporter HarbyrCo today announced the launch of “California Cheesemakers’ Select”, a curated box of hand-picked California artisan cheeses available for delivery to consumers throughout the U.S. The California Cheesemakers’ Select box will feature a different selection of four artisanal cow’s milk cheeses, sized 5-8 oz. each, every month on the CaliforniaCheeseBox.com website …

June 30 Last Day to Complete Enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 …

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