Building Trust Key For U.S. Dairy Industry

carrie muehling

Industry representatives at the 2017 World Dairy Expo are focused on building trust with both domestic consumers and those in potential export markets. Twenty years of farmer funded nutrition research showing that milk fat does not have a negative health impact has resulted in domestic cheese sales hitting an all-time high when it comes to per capita consumption. Consumption of …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Dairy, USDEC, World Dairy Expo

Florida & Georgia Cattle Country Hit by Irma

jamie johansen

Hurricane Irma traveled straight through Florida and Georgia cattle country. An assessment of damaged areas is still being tallied. Florida dairies are running on generators, still struggling to keep cows milked and forced to dump tons of milk for various reasons. Less impacted appears to be the beef cattle industry, as most fences remained intact and kept cattle from getting …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Beef, Dairy, Weather

Wisconsin Sends 17,000 lbs. of Cheese to Houston

jamie johansen

Driven by online conversations shortly after Hurrican Harvey, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s (WMMB) Social Media Specialist, Lizzy Shultz, wondered how they could help. After a team meeting, the idea became a quick reality. Wisconsin’s cheesemakers were contacted and more than 17,000 pounds of cheese was sent to Houston to help the victims of the hurricane. “We are deeply saddened by …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Audio, Dairy

Dairy Farmers Launch “Peel Back the Label” Campaign

Jamie Johansen

America’s dairy farmers launched “Peel Back the Label,” a new campaign to highlight fear-based food labeling and stress the need for truth and transparency in food marketing. The campaign comes as almost 70% of consumers say they look to front-of-label claims when making food purchasing decisions, and as food manufacturers increasingly utilize “free from” labels – i.e. ”no high fructose …

Ag Group, Consumers, Dairy, Food, NMPF

USDA Allows Dairy Farmers to Opt Out of Program

cindy zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that, starting today, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program – or opt out, a new option granted by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. To opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. By opting out, a producer would …

AFBF, AgWired Animal, Dairy, Government, usda

U.S. & Mexican Dairy Industries Make United Call for NAFTA

Jamie Johansen

According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. and Mexican dairy industries released a unified list of priorities that includes modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to solidify their strong dairy market partnership, and addressing concerns about Canadian and European dairy policies during the United States-Mexico Dairy Alliance. The …

Ag Group, Cattle, Dairy, Dairy Group, Export, NMPF, Trade, USDEC

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 …

AFBF, Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Dairy, Farm Bureau, Food, Meat

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 …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Dairy, Exports, NMPF, Trade, USDEC

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 …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Dairy, Eggs, Exports, Poultry, Trade