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National Milk Producers Federation Advances Sustainability Leadership

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) named Nicole Ayache its first ever chief sustainability officer and Emily Yeiser Stepp the first ever executive director of its National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, bolstering its sustainability leadership and member service in staff promotions. NMPF also elevated Louise Kamali and Sage Saffran in recognition of their growing and expanding roles …

Dairy Groups Praise USTR Move to Hold Canada Responsible for USMCA Violations

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), International Dairy Foods Association and U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) commended the recent announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative has formally moved to advance a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute settlement proceeding and establish a second panel to determine whether Canada has been in violation of its market access obligations under the agreement. Canada had …

Livestock Marketing Association Announces New Scholarship Program

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) is pleased to announce the release of a new scholarship program. With the goal of investing in the next generation, the program is designed to award five (5), $2500 scholarships to individuals that are interested in or display knowledge of the importance of the agriculture industry and its supporting entities, with plans to use their …

New Director of Processor Partnerships Supports California Dairy Processors

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), the marketing order representing California dairy producers, today announced the addition ofBen Yee as Director of Processor Partnerships. Yee joins the CMAB with more than 20 years of experience at Safeway/Albertsons Companies where he held a wide range of leadership positions including Assistant Store Manager, Business Process Analyst, Category Analyst, Sourcing Manager, Senior Brand Manager, …

Former Presidential Ag Advisor Ray Starling to Keynote 2023 Stakeholders Summit

Outsider influence in food and farming is growing, and the animal agriculture community is often pitted against those claiming the food system is “broken.” Ray Starling, author and attorney, will consider why this seems to be the case and what we can do to safeguard our future at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2023 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Partners in Progress” and …

International Dairy Foods Association Names Mike Aquino as Director, ESG

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today named Mike Aquino as director, ESG (environment, social and governance (ESG)). Aquino was trained as a food scientist at Drexel University and has since held several professional positions in the food and agriculture space, including with Danone’s research and development pilot facility in White Plains, N.Y., and on the Global Sustainability Team at …

Class For 2023 Jersey Youth Academy

Alan Chittenden, President of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA), announced the class for the eighth Jersey Youth Academy, July 9 to 14 in Columbus, Ohio. “The 28 young people from 15 states selected for this class exemplify the many talented, interested Jersey youth across the United States that our organization wants to encourage to pursue careers in the Jersey …

American Dairy Coalition Announces 2023 Federal Policy Priorities, Action Plan

American Dairy Coalition, a grassroots dairy farmer-led organization with diverse geographic representation, announced federal policy priorities and an action plan for 2023. “Our ongoing efforts have been focused on raising awareness of short- and long-term challenges, collaborating with experts to understand these challenges, proposing practical solutions, and engaging dairy farmers to have a strong independent producer voice at the table …

Dairy Industry Eager for Reforms to Federal Milk Marketing Orders

U.S. dairy producers and processors are paying close attention to preliminary discussions about the 2023 Farm Bill in anticipation of critical reforms to Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs). Prevailing consensus within the industry is that the FMMOs currently in place do not reflect today’s market environment, which could increasingly have detrimental consequences for dairy processors and farmers alike. Key among …

National DHIA Awards $1,000 Scholarships to 9 Students

The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) Scholarship Committee chose nine high school seniors and college students to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Committee members ranked applicants based on scholastic achievements, leadership in school and community activities, and responses to DHI- and career-related questions. To be eligible for a National DHIA scholarship, applicants must be a family member or employee of …

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