Dannon Hosts Forum on Alternative Production

Lizzy Schultz

The Dannon Company, along with their farmer partners, concluded their annual two-day forum this week in Lexington, KY as the company works to further develop alternative models of dairy supply to make the company’s yogurt. This year’s forum follows Dannon’s recent implementation of the Dannon Pledge, which commits to the pursuit of a non-GMO ingredient profile for the products made …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Dairy, dairy farming, Food, GMO, sustainability

Farm Groups Defend GMOs in Teleconference

Lizzy Schultz

Leaders from two national farm associations held a teleconference this morning to unveil plans for a “Straight Talk” campaign to engage the food industry in a dialogue on sustainable agriculture production, the marketing practices used to reach consumers, and the intersection of both trends. The call, hosted by the United States Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the National Milk …

Ag Group, Audio, Conservation, Dairy, GMO, National Milk, sustainability, USFRA

Your Thoughts on Senate #GMO Disclosure Bill?

Joanna Schroeder

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What cookout cuisine do you bring to the table?” We’re well into grilling season and hot off an Independence Day weekend. Burgers and pasta salad were high on the list. In the Other category we got answers like my favorite – steak! Here are the poll results: Pasta Salad – 25% Cheese Burgers – …

GMO, ZimmPoll

National Milk Supports New Senate Food Labeling Bill

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today urged the full Senate to act quickly on legislation that would establish national regulations to bring consistency and transparency to the labeling of ingredients and processes used in the food supply. This would prevent confusing marketing environment in the food industry this summer, when Vermont’s new law, requiring labeling of foods containing GMOs, …

Ag Group, Dairy, Food, GMO, National Milk

IDFA Praises Senate Ag Bill on Uniform GMO Labeling

Jamie Johansen

The International Dairy Foods Association has praised legislation proposed by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts that would create a national uniform standard on biotechnology labeling, and called for urgent action to take up and pass the legislation. “The bill proposed by Chairman Roberts provides a common-sense, national food labeling standard that brings consistency and transparency to the marketplace, and will …

Ag Group, Dairy, Food, GMO, Government, Policy

Dr. Robert Fraley: Innovation Feeds Our World

Lizzy Schultz

Monsanto‘s GMO crop technology is arguably one of the most influential innovations of the past century; while it remains incredibly controversial among members of the public, the science has led to unprecedented advancements throughout the realm of biotechnology, and has held a key role in the process of creating a food secure world. This year marks the 20th anniversary of …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, GMO, Monsanto, Technology

New Video Series Brings Consumers to the Farm

Lizzy Schultz

The entire “Day on a Farm” online video series, presented by U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®), is officially live on YouTube and social media. Consumers and agriculture industry professionals alike are invited and encouraged to view, share, and discuss the series with others. The series of four videos, created in collaboration with the popular online kitchen and home destination …

Ag Group, consumer, Education, Food, GMO, Social Media, sustainability, USFRA

John Block Reports on TTIP

Lizzy Schultz

This week in Washington, John Block is reporting on the European Trade Agreement with the United States (TTIP) that is still in the process of negotiation. Should the agreement succeed in passing through both ends of the government, it will be considered an incredible win for agriculture. Recent changes in European legislation, however, are making the success of the agreement …

Ag Group, Audio, Export, GMO, International, Podcast, Policy, Trade

Dairy Farmer Testifies at Senate Ag Hearing on Biotech

Jamie Johansen

Joanna Lidback, a dairy producer from northeast Vermont and blogger, testified on behalf of Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, saying the use of crops developed using biotechnology is a key to farmers’ stewardship of the land. Lidback and her husband, first generation farmers …

Ag Group, Biotech, Dairy, GMO