Dairy Strong 2017 Speakers Announced

Jamie Johansen

Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward will bring the dairy farming community together Jan. 18 and 19 in Madison, Wis. More than 600 farmers, corporate professionals and government and university representatives will explore the future of daily culture and economy of Wisconsin and the nation. The conference will include a panel discussion about the growing Latino influence on U.S. food, …

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December Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) have released the December Dairy Market Report. U.S. dairy exports continue to improve. Export volumes were up during August–October compared to a year earlier for most major product categories. Nonfat dry milk and dry whey prices have been rising due to an improving world market for dairy ingredients. This …

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Alltech Wisconsin Dairy School Brings Producers Together

Lizzy Schultz

The Alltech Wisconsin Dairy School was held last week at Lambeau Field, home field of the Green Bay Packers, where the event brought more than 250 farmers, nutritionists and industry professionals together to discuss dairy metrics and determine “What’s Your Score.” First, three dairy producers from around the United States shared their personal experiences during the pre-conference breakfast. Breakfast speakers …

Alltech, Dairy, Dairy Business, Events

USDA to Measure Financial Well-Being of the Dairy Sector

Jamie Johansen

Beginning in January, representatives of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will visit dairy farms across the nation, as the agency begins collecting data for the final phase of the 2016 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). ARMS targets select commodities on a rotational basis. This year, the survey places additional focus on corn, and conventional and organic dairy sectors. …

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California Dairy Farm Families in 2017 Rose Parade®

Jamie Johansen

Real California Milk announced the 11 farmers who will ride alongside a life-size animated Holstein cow and floral depictions of products representing the state’s more than 1,300 dairy families on its “Legacy of Generations” float in the 128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda on Monday, January 2, 2017. “The success of California dairy is a legacy of generations of farm …

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Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance Adds Member

Jamie Johansen

Foremost Farms USA® has joined the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance, a collaborative group that represents all aspects of the dairy community working to continuously improvemen animal care, environmental conservation, food safety and other practices. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association endorsed the alliance from its start this past August, and Foremost Farms, represents the first dairy processor that will contribute aggregate …

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Holstein Genomic Predictions From Zoetis

Jamie Johansen

Zoetis and Holstein Association USA release a new list identifying top-ranking bulls for wellness traits available through CLARIFIDE® Plus from Zoetis. CLARIFIDE Plus is the first commercially available, U.S.-based genomic test that offers dairy producers the ability to directly predict disease risks in Holstein cattle. The bull lists will include official industry rankings for the Dairy Wellness Profit Index™ (DWP$™) …

Agribusiness, Breeding, Cattle, Dairy, Holstein Association, Reproduction, Zoetis

News from World Dairy Expo

Jamie Johansen

World Dairy Expo celebrated its many volunteers with the annual Friends of Expo Party. Highlighting the evening was the announcement of the 2016 Friend of Expo Honorees, Jim Dickrell, Chuck Miller, Marjorie Stieve, Mary Latchford and Rita Paulson. Currently working on his 20th Official Program for World Dairy Expo, Jim Dickrell’s words have been read by Expo attendees for nearly …

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Dairy Groups Applaud Congressional Action On Milk Labeling

Lizzy Schultz

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) showed support last week for a new congressional effort to prod federal regulators to crack down on the inappropriate labeling of products designed to imitate milk. In a letter written by Reps. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Peter Welch (D-VT), and cosigned by a bipartisan coalition of 32 …

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Dairy Farm Families Support Super Bowl’s ’52 Weeks of Giving’

Jamie Johansen

Midwest Dairy Council is giving $250,000 to provide Fuel Up to Play 60 Super School Breakfast grants in support of schools serving breakfast outside the cafeteria to 52 communities across Minnesota during the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. Through funding from dairy farm families, the contribution will match other support to the Legacy Fund of the Minnesota …

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