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Dairy Cattle Genomics is Quietly Improving Sustainability

U.S. dairy producers are increasingly leveraging the power of genomic science to optimize the genetic potential of their herds for milk production, animal health and operational efficiency. Since genomic testing became commercially available in 2008, over 8 million U.S. dairy animals have been genotyped for dozens of key genetic traits related to milk production and quality, feed efficiency, reproductive viability, …

National DHIA Selects 14 Scholarship Winners

The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) Scholarship Committee picked 14 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 …

DCHA Offers Two $1,000 Scholarships

Due to generous support garnered from auctioning off the original Bonnie Mohr painting – “Enchanted Pastures” – the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) will award an additional $1,000 scholarship in 2024. The Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association (now DCHA) commissioned the artwork to celebrate the dairy industry’s heritage and legacy. To be eligible for one of DCHA’s $1,000 scholarships, …

Nominate a Global Dairy Leader for World Dairy Expo’s 2024 Recognition Awards

Nominations for the 2024 World Dairy Expo® Recognition Awards are now being accepted through February 1, 2024. Expo is once again honoring dairy industry leaders in three different categories: Dairy Producer of the Year, Industry Person of the Year, and International Person of the Year. Organizations, academic staff, producers and others involved in the dairy industry are encouraged to nominate …

Animal Agriculture Alliance Releases Reports from 2023 Animal Rights Conferences

The Animal Agriculture Alliance has concluded the release of reports from four prominent animal rights extremist conferences held throughout 2023. The conferences included: Direct Action Everywhere’s Animal Liberation Conference (ALC) (held June 9-14), The Animal and Vegan Advocacy Summit (held July 27-30), Humane Society of the United States’ Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) Conference (held August 5-6), and Animal Legal …

Dairy Council of California Announces Appointment of Four New Board Members

Dairy Council of California, a leader in nutrition education and advocacy, proudly announces four new board members, all distinguished figures in the dairy industry: Laura Bosch: Co-Owner of Bosch Dairy Farms Justin Leyendekker: Owner of Hoppy Cows Dairy Michael Oosten: Owner of Marvo Holsteins Pauline Tjaarda: Co-Owner of Tjaarda Dairy Leyendekker states, “Alongside my fellow new board members, I’m excited …

USDA Surveying California Beef & Dairy Cattle Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey about 2,000 cattle operations in California to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories. “This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government leaders evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential …

Over $520,000 Awarded To Stabilize And Expand Western Dairy Businesses

Dairy processors along the Pacific Coast are receiving a catalytic investment that will strengthen the industry’s resilience. The Pacific Coast Coalition – Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (PCC-DBII), hosted by California State University, Fresno, has awarded $521,764 in grant funding to 12 dairy companies in California, Oregon and Washington. Each awardee is receiving up to $50,000, dependent on their submitted budget. …

Slowdown in Consumer Spending will Create Headwinds for the U.S. Rural Economy in 2024

The U.S. economy has remained remarkably steady despite an unrelenting series of shocks over the last three years. America’s economic resilience was again on display throughout 2023, as the Federal Reserve continued the most aggressive round of interest rate hikes the country has seen in more than 40 years. Steadfast consumer spending has fueled the economy through much of the …

SNAP Healthy Fluid Milk Incentive Program Expands to Additional 575 Stores in 16 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released grant-approval to significantly expand the Healthy Fluid Milk Incentives Projects (HFMI)—a program established by Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill and one of the Department’s key nutrition incentive programs for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). HFMI projects provide SNAP beneficiaries with a dollar-for-dollar match when they purchase healthy fluid milk options. …

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