Dairy Groups Praise Move to Increase Market Access to Canada

John Davis

Dairy groups are pleased with U.S. House members’ efforts to get better access to markets in Canada. The National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) commended a bipartisan and regionally diverse group of House members for urging Canada to allow more imports of U.S. dairy products as an outcome of the …

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Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Meeting Slated for Nov.

John Davis

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) will meet this fall in upstate New York. The group’s annual meeting is slated for November 12 – 13 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, New York. “Our goal is to bring together top dairy reproduction authorities and industry leaders to improve dairy reproductive performance,” explains Joe Dalton, DCRC president. “This year’s program …

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Dairy Farmers Get Online Tools for Margin Protection Program

John Davis

Dairy farmers are getting some online tools to use for the Margin Protection Program, the new federal dairy safety net included in the 2014 farm bill. This news release from the National Milk Producers Federation says the group has updated its online tools for dairy farmers considering their enrollment options in the program. To help producers make decisions, NMPF’s dedicated …

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Cheese Curds Website Celebrates Glory of Treat

John Davis

A new website celebrates the unofficial snack of America’s Dairyland, cheese curds. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) has launched EatCurds.com, dedicated to the one-of-a-kind squeaky treat. Visitors to EatCurds.com will learn how cheese curds are made, why they squeak, how to keep them fresh and where to find them. An interactive map includes listings for creameries, retail stores and …

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Holstein Association Elects Leaders, Amends Bylaws

John Davis

The recent National Holstein Convention saw the election of new officers and some changes to the group’s bylaws. Gordie Cook of Massachusetts was elected president of the Holstein Association USA board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting, held June 25- 26 in St. Charles, Illinois, during the 130th National Holstein Convention. He replaced retiring President Glen E. Brown of …

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Dairies Petition for California to Join Milk Marketing Order

John Davis

California’s three largest dairy cooperatives want the state to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) and Land O’Lakes, Inc. sent a proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), petitioning for milk producers in California to begin operating under the system that provides consistent regulation across the United States …

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AMPI CEO Resigns

Cindy Zimmerman

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) CEO Ed Welch resigned last week for personal reasons, according to the organization. Welch, who has been with the dairy marketing cooperative for 31 years, became CEO in 2008. “We are grateful to Ed for his years of service to AMPI and wish him the best,” said Steve Schlangen, chairman of the AMPI Board of …

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Milk, Cattle Groups Join Call for Restoration of Tax Breaks

John Davis

Groups representing dairy and cattle producers have joined dozens of other ag groups calling for the restoration of some tax cuts. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) are asking Congress to restore Section 179, a tax code provision that allows small businesses, including farms, to write off capital purchases such as equipment immediately, …

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Dairy Calf & Heifer Meeting Details

John Davis

This spring’s Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) annual conference is promising some real networking opportunities for farm managers and employees. The group hosts the event March 31-April 1, 2015 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wisconsin with the theme, “Connect with the Best.” “Some of the best connections I’ve made in the industry have been through the Dairy …

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New Members Elected to Nat’l Dairy Board

John Davis

More leadership positions have been announced at the dairy industry’s recent annual meeting of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) in Grapevine, Texas. The following dairy farmers were named as officers to DMI: Chair – Paul Rovey, Glendale, Ariz. Vice Chair – Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Penn. Secretary …

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