Legislation Pushes New Labeling Laws for Soy, Almond Milk

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Soy and almond milk producers may soon face new labeling laws if new industry-backed legislation, sponsored by a pair of dairy state lawmakers, attracts more support in Congress. The Dairy Pride Act, sponsored by Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, would enforce longstanding FDA definitions (CFR 131.110) that define milk. The new bill expands the definition of …

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Grassland Dairy Products Joins DSSA

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Grassland Dairy Products has is the newest member of the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA), a diverse group of partners who have come together to ensure that all touchpoints in the production of dairy foods are continuously improving. The goal of the alliance is to show tangible continuous improvements in animal care, environmental conservation, food safety and other practices through …

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KS Dairy Farmer Testifies to Senate Ag Committee

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Kansas dairy farmer Lynda Foster says dairy farmers need Congress to make improvements in the dairy title of the farm bill this year, and not wait until 2018. In a field hearing Thursday on the campus of Kansas State University, Foster told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that “dairy farmers deserve better” than the current Margin Protection Program (MPP). …

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New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module

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The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES). The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability. “America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of …

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Dairy Groups Unhappy with Canadian Milk Pricing Policy

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National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged President Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during yesterday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The groups are calling it “one of the most sensitive and urgent topics complicating the …

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Soy Growers, Soyfoods Oppose Dairy Pride Act

Jamie Johansen

In a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) objected to draft legislation that would restrict the marketing of soymilk. S. 130, referred to as the Dairy Pride Act, would prohibit the term “milk” from being used with soymilk and soymilk-based products, under …

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USDA Announces $1.4 Million Organic Dairy Grant

Lizzy Schultz

In an effort to support research needed to evaluate methodologies that help maintain and improve cow health while conforming to organic regulations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team co-led by \Dr. Pablo Pinedo, a D.V.M. who is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences …

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Livestock Groups Concerned With Trump’s Trade Action

Jamie Johansen

Animal ag groups jumped to respond to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said “We’re especially concerned that the Administration is taking these actions without …

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Tom Vilsack to Take Helm of USDEC

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has announced that former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will serve as the organizations new president and CEO starting Feb. 1, 2017. “Growing the global market for U.S. dairy products is essential to the future of the dairy industry and America’s dairy farmers. I’ve spent my career in public service as a …

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Meet New Executive VP of Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods

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Land O’Lakes, Inc. has named Chris Roberts as the organizations Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Foods, effective Feb. 6, 2017. The move marks the re-unification of all Land O’Lakes Dairy businesses under one executive for the company. “We’re excited to welcome Chris Roberts to Land O’Lakes,” said Beth Ford, group executive vice president and chief operating officer …

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