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International Milk Genomics Consortium Welcomes New Director

Jennifer Smilowitz

The International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) announced the hiring of Jennifer Smilowitz, Ph.D. as its Director of Scientific and Strategic Development. The IMGC has established an inspiring vision to join mechanistic milk science with the innovators who bring science to practice. Its monthly publication, SPLASH!® reviews findings from current scientific articles on milk and lactation and has more than 1,700 subscribers along …

National Jersey Meetings Website Now Available

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The 151st AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings will be held at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. from June 26-29. The website can be accessed at:https://www.jerseyconvention2019.com/. Members can fully register online under the “Registration” tab. Special early bird rates are available to those who register on or before Friday, May 24 at $200 per individual. Registration after May 24 will be …

USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool– developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage(DMC) program. The 2018 Farm Bill authorized DMC, a voluntary risk management program that offers financial protection …

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Free Money!  That’s what people want to hear.  Although nothing is free, there are a lot of great new government incentives available to dairy farmers to modernize their facilities with newer sustainable technologies that may not otherwise be affordable to invest in.  Watch this brief interview with Paul Sousa from Western United Dairymen as he shares, and read more about …

Interest in Postbiotics is Growing

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Interest in postbiotics is growing. Postbiotics are non-viable probiotic organisms or cellular components thereof that exert beneficial effects on health or well-being (Shortt 1999). The key distinction between a postbiotic and a probiotic is that a probiotic must be a live microbe when administered. A postbiotic can be dead cells or fragments thereof. The uptick in interest in postbiotics stems …

California launches first dairy digester pipeline cluster

California is proud to announce the state’s first dairy digester pipeline cluster. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt was on-hand this week for the launch of Calgren Renewable Fuels’ new facility, which partners with local dairies in the Pixley, California area. Eleven digesters, 22 miles of pipeline and 75,000 cows contribute to this interconnected system, which will collectively reduce an estimated of 1,867,651 metric …

Turning Waste into Energy

Secretary Ross Addresses National Renderers Association If it were up to her, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross would rather we all stopped using the word “waste.” That’s what she told the National Renderers Association last week at their conference in Orange County. When more than 62 billion pounds of animal by-products are converted annually into usable commodities such as animal feed, biofuels, fertilizers, soaps, and …

Water-Smart Dairy: Farmers conserve and protect water using precision technologies

More than 20 dairy farmers across California have been pioneering the use of subsurface drip irrigation to grow feed crops, including corn, wheat, and alfalfa. By working with innovative companies and non-governmental organizations, dairy farmers have helped take sustainable farming to the next level. They are reducing water use by 47 to 67% and improving groundwater protection. Their collective efforts …

Drones in Ag Meeting: Technology, Laws & Regs

Griswold LaSalle Law Firm is hosting an informational event about drones in the agriculture industry on August 1, at 6:00 p.m. The law firm is located at 111 E 7th Street, Hanford, CA, 93230. The event will cover drone technology; regulations and municipal ordinances; visual line of sight aircraft operation; and the permit process. For any questions or to RSVP, contact …

5 Tips for Using Livestock Scales Effectively for Weighing Animals

There are numerous challenges when it comes to weighing animals. They may move about a lot or get nervous, agitated or anxious making it very difficult to weigh them accurately using the standard or conventional scales. This is where livestock scales come in handy. They weigh the animals with high accuracy and precision while overcoming the usual challenges. They are …

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