Farmer, Mother & Blogger Talks Biotech at House Hearing

Jamie Johansen

Farmers need to do a better job at connecting with the public when talking about the benefits that biotechnology brings to producers, consumers and the environment, said Joanna Lidback, a dairy farmer from northeast Vermont. Lidback, who also keeps a blog documenting her family’s life on the farm, testified during a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, …

Ag Group, Biotech, cooperatives, Dairy, Government, National Milk

Guidance Hindering Water Conservation on Farms

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation asked the EPA to withdraw recent guidance concerning when farmers must seek Clean Water Act permits for a long list of normal farming activities near wetlands. NMPF, said the EPA’s proposal could have the perverse effect of discouraging water conservation, by changing the long-standing relationship between farmers and the Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. …

Ag Group, Cattle, Conservation, Dairy, EPA, National Milk, NRCS

Dairy Cattle Entries Now Open for World Dairy Expo

Jamie Johansen

World Dairy Expo’s 2014 dairy cattle entries are now open. Exhibitors can choose to enter through the Expo online entry system or by mail. Initial entry deadline is Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Premium Books were mailed to recent year’s exhibitors July 1. The Premium Book is also available online or new exhibitors can request a copy from World Dairy Expo …

Ag Group, Dairy, World Dairy Expo

Milk Products Introduces New National Sales Specialist

Jamie Johansen

Milk Products is proud to welcome a new team member, Randal Morris, to fill the role as a National Sales Specialist. In his new position, Morris will be responsible for creating customer value, providing product solutions and training for key accounts across the Midwest and Northeast. Morris comes to Milk Products with a vast array of agricultural sales experience. Most …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Milk

MooMonitor – Best Automated Heat Detection System

Jamie Johansen

A research study undertaken at Kansas State University and published this week in the Journal of Dairy Science specifically stated that scanning by ultrasonography confirmed that 88.6% of cows identified by activity (by the MooMonitor) were in estrus. This compared favorably with other systems tested which were 70% to 80% accurate. What the research showed was that the majority of …

Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Reproduction, Video

Holstein Association USA Board Convenes

Jamie Johansen

The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 24-25, 2014 in Dubuque, Iowa. President Glen Brown chaired the board meeting held during the 129th National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at the Grand River Center in downtown Dubuque. The board honored retiring Directors Jim Burdette of Pennsylvania and Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois. Both were formally acknowledged for their contributions …

Ag Group, Dairy, Holstein Association

Select Sires Canada & GenerVations Become One

Jamie Johansen

Select Sires Canada Inc. and GenerVations Inc. have joined forces to form Select Sires GenerVations Inc. following Select Sires Inc.’s purchase of GenerVations. Select Sires GenerVations will market semen across all of Canada including western Canada, which was formerly served by All West/Select Sires, creating a truly Canadian company. Talented and passionate employees of these organizations have combined to form …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Reproduction, Select Sires

Rabo Gives Outlook for Global Dairy Industry

Jamie Johansen

Rabobank has published a new report on the global dairy industry. As anticipated, global dairy prices softened considerably through Q2. According to Rabobank’s Dairy Quarterly Q2: Beyond the tipping point, prices fell as a result of improved milk production in export regions and the easing of forward purchasing by China. These mechanisms freed more product for other buyers and lowered …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Finance, International

Food Safety Modernization Act Regulation

Jamie Johansen

Efforts to impose added regulations on dairy farms under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are not warranted because milk leaving farms for further processing is not a significant public health risk from intentional adulteration, the National Milk Producers Federation wrote in comments to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is reviewing comments about the FSMA law, which …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, National Milk

$5,000 Donation to DBA's Crisis Fund

Jamie Johansen

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) held their 12th Annual Golf on June 19th, 2014. Nearly 300 dairy producers, industry partners and professionals attended the event. After a gorgeous day of golf, networking, prizes and fun, ANIMART, Inc. presented DBA with a $5,000 donation to go toward DBA’s Crisis Fund. The fund assists DBA dairy producer members when a major occurrence …

Ag Group, Dairy