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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 …

Federal Dietary Committee Recommends 3 Servings of Dairy Per Day

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) released the following statement today:   “Today, members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) confirmed dairy products should maintain a central, important role in federal nutrition recommendations for people beginning at a very early age. In addition to maintaining three servings of dairy per day, the committee found strong evidence pointing to positive …

IDFA and ABB Partner to Provide Dairy Industry with Digital Readiness

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the nation’s largest trade association representing all segments of the dairy industry, and ABB, a global technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries, have partnered to offer IDFA members a suite of automated systems, applications and integrated solutions that will help them to advance digitalization within their plants and facilities. Through …

Celebrate June Dairy Month With Love Letters and Donations

Times are tough, but the dairy industry is resilient. Zoetis is encouraging dairy enthusiasts to celebrate June Dairy Month by giving them the opportunity to write love letters and notes of appreciation to the dairy industry, whether it’s a note of thanks to their on-farm staff, milk hauler or veterinarian, or a reflection on their passion for farming regardless of …

National Dairy Month Efforts Include ‘Raising Gallons’ Video, ‘30 Days of Dairy’

In celebration of National Dairy Month, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) and state and regional checkoff teams around the country are showcasing dairy’s resilience and community impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The efforts begin on June 1 – World Milk Day – with a “Raising Gallons” video that DMI created in partnership with state and regional checkoff organizations. The video features …

Yogurt Consumption Is Associated with Reduced Mortality in Women

Yogurt isn’t just yummy, it’s also an excellent source of valuable nutrients—including protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B-12—and has been associated with various health benefits.     Given its beneficial effects on health, it’s perhaps not surprising that yogurt has been thought to increase lifespan. “Yogurt and other fermented milk products such as kefir have long been claimed to extend …

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