SMART Farmer Carla Wardin

cindy zimmerman

Our SMART Farmer in this episode comes from Michigan where she and her husband have a dairy operation that has been in her family for over a century. Carla Wardin is dedicated to telling the real story of dairy farming through her blog Truth or Dairy, and in 2014 was chosen to represent agriculture as one of the USFRA Faces …

Prices for a July 4th Cookout Down Slightly

jamie johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says we can cookout for a little less this year. Favorite foods for a Fourth of July meal will run about $6 per person according to an informal survey conducted by AFBF. The average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $55.70, or $5.57 per person. One reason for this is competition …

Increased Access to Chinese Market for U.S. Dairy Exporters

jamie johansen

U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the National Milk Producers Federation(NMPF) and officials from the U.S. and China have reached an accord on dairy trade by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will increase access to China for more than 200 U.S. dairy exporters. The action creates new opportunities for dairy farmers and processors, and the milk, cheese, infant formula …

Dairy & Poultry Groups Say Modernize NAFTA

jamie johansen

Leading animal agricultural groups representing the dairy and poultry sectors spoke out this week highlighting what a NAFTA modernization would mean for each of their prospective industries. The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) sent comments to the U.S. Trade Representative describing the existing North American dairy landscape as one in which U.S. dairy …

It’s Undeniably Dairy Month

cindy zimmerman

There are months and days to celebrate just about everything these days, but few have been celebrated for 80 years like dairy in June. National Dairy Month officially kicks off today, which is World Milk Day, and to celebrate 80 years dairy farmers are “opening their barn doors” and inviting people to their local farms to visit. To spotlight the …

May Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

The May 2017 Dairy Market Report produced by the National Milk Producers Federation and sponsored by Dairy Management Inc. shows a rally in cash and futures prices. The rate of milk production growth began to moderate during the first quarter, but additional milk production continues to generate American cheese at a faster rate than total consumption, driving up inventories and …

National Dairy FARM’s 2017 Evaluator Conference

Jamie Johansen

The second annual National Dairy FARM Program Evaluator Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from July 18-19. More than 400 certified FARM Program evaluators will have the chance to network and discuss relevant topics in animal care, environmental stewardship and antibiotic stewardship. FARM evaluators will spend a day with Elanco staff, focusing on professional development and learning more about …

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Dairy Accelerator Program

Jamie Johansen

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has launched its Land O’Lakes Dairy Accelerator, a program that will provide support and mentorship to food entrepreneurs who want to grow and drive innovation in the dairy products space. “Land O’Lakes, Inc. was founded on innovation by the original entrepreneurs—farmers,” said Raquel Melo, vice president of Innovation and New Business Development at Land O’Lakes, Inc. “By …

Moocall Text Alerts Connect Farmers to Their Animals

lizzy schultz

Emmet Savage was an Irish entrepreneur with business ventures in the areas of fashion importing and construction when he first got the idea for Moocall, a company that holds the power to revolutionize the challenges of calving season and bring a new form of smart farming technology to cattlemen all over the world. The creation and launch of Moocall sent …

Dairy Welcomes NAFTA Action by USTR

Jamie Johansen

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent …