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Turning a Toxin to Tonic for Dairy Cattle

Human history is, in many ways, the story of a competition pitting us against the microbes that cause disease. Now, one enterprising ARS researcher is using microbes’ own defenses to help tip the contest in our favor. Neil Price, a research chemist at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, IL, has devoted his career to studying a chemical …

Exploring Options for Safe Use and Reduction of Nitrates on Dairies

As California dairy producers actively work to provide environmental solutions and a sustainable future for their successors, reducing nitrate contamination in the groundwater supply is a top priority.  Watch this brief interview with Paul Sousa from Western United Dairies as he shares some options, considerations, and funding opportunities. Please thank this video’s sponsor afimilk for their industry support.

Cal Poly Welcomes New Director to Dairy Products Technology Center

Carmen Licon-Cano, an experienced food engineer and dairy enthusiast, has joined Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences as the director of the Dairy Products Technology Center, overseeing the research and development of dairy products by Cal Poly students and faculty in partnership with industry professionals. The Cal Poly Dairy Products Technology Center, located at the university’s dairy …

Winners of the 5th Real California Milk Excelerator Innovation Competition Announced

Startups Amazing Ice Cream, Arbo’s Cheese Dip, Petit Pot and WonderCow claimed victory at the 5th Annual Real California Milk Excelerator Final Pitch Event. Created by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) and innovation advisory VentureFuel, the competition is designed to find, fund and accelerate innovation in dairy-based products, from consumer food and beverages to textiles and beyond. The four cohort winners will each …

IDFA Partners with Food and Ag-ISAC to Bolster Dairy Industry Cyber Defenses

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Food and Agriculture – Information Sharing Analysis Center (Food and Ag-ISAC) today announced a new strategic partnership to bolster the dairy industry’s defenses against cyber criminals who are increasingly targeting food and beverage manufacturers. Cyber crimes against food companies have risen significantly in recent years as criminals develop more advanced methods of …

Limiting Full-Fat Dairy in the Diet is No Longer Science-Based

Roberta Wagner, senior vice president for regulatory and scientific affairs with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), provided oral testimony to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)—a panel of 20 nutrition and public health experts tasked with providing a scientific report to inform the federal government’s next update to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). In her testimony, Wagner …

Linking Auto and Dairy Industries to Explore Sustainable Climate Solutions

One of the next climate change solutions might be found at your local dairy farm. A team of MSU researchers are studying ways to generate renewable energy from dairy farm waste to charge electric vehicles (EVs). Wei Liao, a professor in MSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and the director of MSU’s Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center …

Webinar on Investigational Food Use Authorizations for Genetically Altered Animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing the availability of a pre-recorded webinar for developers who are interested in learning more about the process of requesting an Investigational Food Use Authorization (IFUA) for animals with investigational intentional genomic alterations (IGAs). IGAs in animals are alterations to the animal’s genome that are made using genome editing or rDNA technologies. An …

Study Shows Increased Production from Dairies Converting to Robotic Milking Systems

A recent multi-university collaborative study is showing consistent increases in milk production for dairies converting to robotic milking systems across the nation.  Watch this brief interview with Dairy Management Specialist Camila Lage from Cornell Cooperative Extension as she explains.  Read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Clean Energy for their industry support.

California Dairy Producer Invests in Robotic Milking System

While automation is not a cheap investment, Travis Hooker and his father are invested in the future of the California dairy industry, and automating their milking system is one way they working to meet today’s challenges.  Watch this brief interview with Travis on how this new system is panning out on his family dairy in Chowchilla, CA.  Read more in …

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