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 …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dairy, Dairy Group

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 …

Dairy Group

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, …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Beef, Cattle, Dairy Group, Government, NCBA

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 …

Agribusiness, calf, Dairy, dairy farming, Dairy Group

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 …

Dairy, Dairy Board, Dairy Business, Dairy Checkoff, dairy farming, Dairy Group

MN Dairy Farmer Honored with Lyng Award

John Davis

Minnesota dairy farmer Glen Schroeder has been honored as the 2014 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his extensive contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. The award was handed out at the Joint National Dairy Board/National Milk Producers Federation/United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. “Glen Schroeder served as a founding farmer for dairy …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dairy, Dairy Board, Dairy Checkoff, dairy farming, Dairy Group

Dairy Group wants Japan’s Import System Replaced

John Davis

A group representing American dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers says that Japan’s import system is a “potential Achilles heel” in trade negotiations. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling for the replacement of Japan’s current import administration program in the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Group, idfa, International, Trade

Milk Producers Welcome New Coop, Board Members

John Davis

Four new dairy cooperatives are joining as members of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), along with two new board members and one new board officer for the group. The announcement came as NMPF wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting. The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers …

Dairy, Dairy Group, National Milk

Registration Open for 2014 Dairy Cattle Repro Council

Jamie Johansen

Register now for the 2014 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting is slated for November 13 – 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Hilton Salt Lake City. The must-attend event will feature two plenary sessions and several breakout session options, offering attendees many opportunities to learn more about practical dairy …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Group, Events, Reproduction

DFA Meeting Emphasizes Dedication to Dairy by Members, Cooperative

Jamie Johansen

More than 1,400 Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) members and guests convened in Kansas City for the Cooperative’s 16th Annual Meeting. In recognition of the dedication by its farmer-owners, DFA explored the diverse ways the Cooperative and its member-owners are committed to the dairy industry. This year’s meeting theme — Dedicated to Dairy — recognizes DFA’s members and their commitment …

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