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Adjustments to Dairy Safety Net & New Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the details of the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program as part of meetings with farmers and a tour of farms with Senator Leahy. In June, Secretary Vilsack committed to providing additional pandemic assistance for dairy farmers in an exchange at a hearing with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Leahy. Through the program, USDA …

CCQA Publishes Animal Care Reference Manual

The Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA) program today published the first volume of its Animal Care Reference Manual. This manual assists farmers and ranchers who raise different breeds of male and female calves intended for dairy and/or beef production systems, encouraging calf raisers to approach management decisions with thoughtfulness and an appreciation for the responsibility they have to their …

Career Connections to Fuel the Future Through World Dairy Expo

World Dairy Expo® is proud to offer opportunities for youth interested in the dairy industry to develop their professional skills and network throughout the annual event in Madison, Wisconsin. Career Connections is the newest tool from Expo to connect students and young professionals with job and internship opportunities in the dairy industry. “Career Connections gives youth and young adults a chance …

European Commission Delays Certificate Regulation, Protecting U.S. Dairy Exports and Global Infant Nutrition Supply Chains

After months of advocacy by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) with U.S. and European officials, the European Commission (EC) decided yesterday to extend the implementation deadline for its new health certificate requirements to Jan. 15, 2022, backing off threats to shut down U.S. dairy exports to EU member states as well as transshipments of U.S. dairy products through the …

Dairy Industry Commends Introduction of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) offered their support for bipartisan legislation introduced today by Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD), the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. The dairy industry, as well as other exporters, has faced substantially increased costs to ship their goods overseas, challenges obtaining containers and other equipment to …

Dairy Families Cite Dramatic Drop in Water Usage in Helping State Endure Record Water Shortfall

Hard hit by the state’s record drought, California’s dairy families launched a public information campaign designed to highlight their continued investments in technology and innovation to dramatically reduce water use. The campaign includes a multi-media effort with statewide radio and digital advertising, public relations effort and partnerships on public radio stations. Led by the California Cattle Council, the campaign highlights the …

Why Mix Varieties of Wheat in a Field?

You’ve probably heard of the value of diversification in your financial portfolio. Having more than one type of financial investment reduces risk of losing all your money. My research involves lowering risks for farmers who grow wheat in a sustainable practice of crop mixtures. A typical wheat field is one variety, a monoculture production. This tends to be common because …

Three CA Dairy Companies Receive Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today recognizes 34 dairy companies (including three from California) for their outstanding achievements in worker safety in 2020 with the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award. This is the eighteenth year that IDFA has sponsored this program, highlighting the outstanding workplace safety achievements of U.S. dairy companies. “In announcing these dairy companies as safety …

NMPF Scholarship Recipients Announced, ADSA Winners Recognized

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today announced the recipients of its 2021 National Dairy Leadership Scholarship awards. The awards, presented by the NMPF Board of Directors, support the next generation of dairy leaders and researchers and are open to qualified graduate students who are actively pursuing dairy-related fields of study. “The value these students bring to the dairy industry …

NMPF, NCFC Lead Coalition Call for Climate-Smart Ag Investments

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today led a coalition of 12 agricultural and conservation organizations on a letter advocating for significant new funding for climate-smart agricultural practices that can help farmers to build on their environmental stewardship leadership. Congressional efforts toward infrastructure legislation provide opportunities for substantial new investments in conservation …

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