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Japan Announces New Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota

On April 3, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced tariff-rate quota (TRQ) volumes for dairy products during Japanese Fiscal Year 2023 (April to March). The announcement includes quotas for natural cheese for processing, skimmed milk powder, evaporated milk, butter and butter oil, as well as certain whey products. The quota volume for natural cheese for processing dropped six …

39th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party to Feature America’s Favorite Treats

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has announced the annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party will take place on the National Mall on June 21, 2023. The celebration on the National Mall just outside the U.S. Capitol Building is one of Washington’s most anticipated for professionals working in food and agriculture, bringing together thousands of guests, including members of Congress …

Real California Milk To Showcase Dairy Trends, Sustainable Leadership At 2023 International Dairy Deli Bakery Association Show

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) will spotlight a variety of innovative, on-trend sustainably sourced dairy products at the 2023 International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) show in Anaheim, Calif. June 4-6. As an exhibitor at the show, an event bringing together 10,000 attendees and more than 800 exhibiting companies at the largest industry-only show for dairy, deli, bakery, and …

Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Releases Revised ‘Gold Standards’

In April, the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) introduced its updated Gold Standards ­– the industry benchmarks and best management practices for raising dairy calves and heifers, and dairy-beef crosses. These standards guide dairy calf, dairy-beef and heifer raisers in growing the healthiest and most efficient and profitable dairy/dairy-beef animals possible. “The Gold Standards have been developed using published data …

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 …

Assistance to Help Organic Dairy Producers Cover Increased Costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces assistance for dairy producers with the new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). ODMAP is established to help mitigate market volatility, higher input and transportation costs, and unstable feed supply and prices that have created unique hardships in the organic dairy industry. Specifically, under the ODMAP, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making …

US Dairy Advances Collaboration, Action Toward Sustainability Priorities

Industry leaders and stakeholders from across the dairy value chain discussed priorities, best practices, challenges, work and considered opportunities that align U.S. dairy and collectively puts the industry on a path to providing sustainable solutions for people and planet during the recent 2023 Dairy Sustainability Alliance® Spring Meeting. Barbara O’Brien, who serves as president and CEO of the Innovation Center …

General Mills’ Grant to Soil Health Academy Provides Scholarships for Community Leaders

The non-profit Soil Health Academy announced the availability of educational scholarships for leaders in indigenous and underserved communities, as well as agriculture education professionals to attend one of SHA’s three-day, on-farm soil health and regenerative agriculture schools. In addition, the grant will provide ag educators with free access to the regenerative agriculture online course, Regen Ag 101. The scholarship and …

USDA Threat to Ban Flavored Milk in Schools, 90% of Parents Oppose Move

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, top officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture remain fixated on banning chocolate milk from elementary and middle school cafeterias despite widespread opposition from parents, school meal professionals, and the federal government’s own Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) report. In April, 37 school milk processors representing more than 90% of the …

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