Dairy FARM Program Celebrates #EarthDay

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The National Dairy FARM Program released its Environmental Stewardship Continuous Improvement Reference Manual in cooperation with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Released in celebration of Earth Day, the guide provides a comprehensive suite of on-farm management practices to reduce a farm’s environmental footprint and improve its profitability. The manual features strategies to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions in various …

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Enviro Stewardship on Poultry, Egg Farms – #EarthDay

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In observance of Earth Day, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is highlighting two videos from its series emphasizing environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms and on poultry companies with exemplary performance at water reclamation. Riverhill Farms, Port Republic, Va., is a recipient of USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award, which recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farms engaged …

Ag Group, Eggs, environment, Poultry, Waste Management, Water

USFRA Offers Animal Welfare Earth Day Resources

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USA Today, which reaches about 750,000 readers in print, and more digitally, is releasing a story for Earth Day that alleges livestock agriculture is damaging the planet, using too many resources and is rife with animal abuse. According to the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), the article will talk about how animals are “raised purely for profit, without regard …

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NMPF Thanks Capitol Hill for Attention on Dairy Workforce

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked members of both the House and Senate for working to address the unique labor challenges that have long faced the dairy community. “We welcome these bipartisan efforts to shine a light on an issue so critical to dairy producers,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “Dairy farming is a physically demanding, 24-7, …

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Dairy FARM Program Updated Drug Residue Manual

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The National Dairy FARM Program has released the 2017 edition of its Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual, the primary educational tool for dairy managers about the judicious, responsible use of antibiotics and how to prevent drug residues in milk and meat. The 2017 edition now identifies drugs subject to the newly implemented Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), and …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Dairy, VFD

Dairy Groups Urge Halt of Canada’s New Pricing Policy

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The U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations under NAFTA. As a result of Canada’s new national pricing policy, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Group, Export, Government, idfa, National Milk, USDEC

DFA, Vanguard Renewables Partner On Renewable Energy

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Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Vanguard Renewables have announced a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country. Although renewable energy methods, like anaerobic digesters that convert manure to energy, offer solutions to the waste management and sustainability challenges facing the dairy industry, they are not broadly used on American dairy farms. The …

Ag Group, Biogas, Dairy, energy, sustainability, Waste Management

New USFRA Board Members

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The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) welcomed new board members this week representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and Nebraska Soybean Association. NCBA vice president Jennifer Houston of Tennessee, Rochelle Krusemark from Trimont, Minn., and Anne Meis of Elgin, Nebraska join USFRA’s 17-member Board of Directors and more than 100 affiliates and industry …

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GIPSA Delays Effective Date of Interim Final

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The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced that it is delaying the effective date of the Scope of Sections 202 (a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act Interim Final Rule until October 19, 2017. They also announced they are asking the public to comment on four possible actions USDA should take in regards to the …

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USDA Taking Nominations for American Lamb Board

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The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations for positions on the 2018 American Lamb Board. There are five vacancies for the 2018 Board. The vacancies include one position for a producer with less than 100 lambs, one position for a producer with more than 500 lambs, one feeder position with less than 5,000 lambs, one first handler position, and …

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