Celebrating The Masters of Wisconsin Cheese

Lizzy Schultz

The World Dairy Expo hosts and celebrates a global audience of dairy producers each year, but the Wisconsin dairy industry has always remained a standout on the event’s international platform. The state is a milk production powerhouse, producing a record 29 billion pounds of milk last year, but the product Wisconsin is truly famous for is cheese, thanks in large …

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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese

Jamie Johansen

Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, Wisc. today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients. While USDA projects dairy prices to increase throughout the rest of the year, …

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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese to Assist Dairy Producers

Jamie Johansen

The USDA announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. USDA also announced that it will extend the deadline for dairy producers to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy …

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Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival Back for Ninth Year

Lizzy Schultz

The Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada, is back for its ninth installment. This year’s event is set for Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, BC, and will feature activities the whole family can enjoy, including cheese rolling races, tastings, and a market featuring some of …

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Vermont Creamery Wins Big at ACS Competition

Lizzy Schultz

Vermont Creamery took home nine ribbons from the annual American Cheese Society Competition (ACS) in Des Moines, Iowa earlier this month, with its renewed Bijou cheese taking home first place in its category for the third year in a row. Along with the champion Bijou, first place blue ribbons were awarded to Feta and Crème Fraîche, second place ribbons went …

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Dairy Coops Explore Ownership of Michigan Cheese Plant

Jamie Johansen

Three farmer-owned dairy cooperatives have committed to exploring joint ownership and operation of a major cheese processing plant in the state of Michigan. Foremost Farms USA, Dairy Farmers of America, and Michigan Milk Producers Association all have farmer-members located in the state. The growing milk supply in Michigan, the lack of available processing capacity within the region, market accessibility and …

Agribusiness, Cheese, cooperatives, Dairy

Dairy Urges U.S. Focus on Defending Common Names Rights

Jamie Johansen

The dairy industry welcomed an assessment of the Obama Administration’s fight to ensure that the EU’s geographical indication (GI) initiatives with other countries and regions do not undercut U.S. industries’ market access opportunities. The Special 301 Report is prepared annually by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). It identifies trade barriers to U.S. companies and products due …

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WCMA Elects 2016-2017 Board Of Directors

Lizzy Schultz

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) has announced its 2016-17 Board of Directors. The Board was selected earlier this month by WCMA members and the Board Officers, who were elected last week at the International Cheese Technology Expo in Milwaukee. The 2016-17 WCMA Board of Directors will take office on July 1, 2016. Chris Simon, of Agropur, Inc. was re-elected …

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2.1 Million lbs of Dairy Product Export Sales Aid

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 1.483 million pounds of Cheddar Colby, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese, 220,462 pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 352,740 pounds of whole milk powder to customers …

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CWT – 3.9 Million lbs of Cheese & Butter Export Sales

Jamie Johansen

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 11 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 1.613 million pounds (732 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese and 2.315 million pounds (1,050 metric tons) of butter (82% milkfat) to customers in Asia, the Middle …

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