USDA, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Sign MOU

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. The pact extends and builds upon a MOU originally signed in 2009. Secretary Perdue signed the MOU with Arizona dairy farmer Paul Rovey, chairman of Dairy …

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NMPF Seeks to Improve & Expand Legislative Provisions

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said the proposed dairy policy reforms included in the newly unveiled congressional disaster assistance package are “much-needed improvements to the dairy safety net,” according to NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern, and come at a time when many of America’s dairy farmers are struggling financially after a third year of stagnant prices. NMPF sent …

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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 …

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Dairy Groups Urge Halt of Canada’s New Pricing Policy

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations under NAFTA. As a result of Canada’s new national pricing policy, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable …

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KS Dairy Farmer Testifies to Senate Ag Committee

Jamie Johansen

Kansas dairy farmer Lynda Foster says dairy farmers need Congress to make improvements in the dairy title of the farm bill this year, and not wait until 2018. In a field hearing Thursday on the campus of Kansas State University, Foster told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that “dairy farmers deserve better” than the current Margin Protection Program (MPP). …

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Dairy Groups: Canada’s Policies Will Hurt U.S. Economy

Jamie Johansen

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) told President-elect Donald Trump that Canada’s existing and protectionist policies are designed to block imports from the U.S. and are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the NAFTA and the …

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Dairy Groups Concerned with Proposed Changes in WIC

Jamie Johansen

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of National Milk Producers Federation, and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of International Dairy Foods Association are concerned with the proposed changes in WIC from the National Academy of Sciences who is suggesting a major reduction in servings of milk. “The NAS Committee’s recommendations would undermine the nutritional value of the WIC program to …

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Dairy Groups Welcome New U.S. Trade Rep

Jamie Johansen

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Matt McKnight, Senior Vice President of Market Access, Regulatory and Industry Affairs, U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have released a statement on the selection of new U.S. Trade Representative. “America’s dairy farmers and processors welcome the opportunity to work closely with Robert Lighthizer as the new U.S. Trade Representative. …

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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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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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