Milk Regulators Seek Proper Use of Dairy Product Terminology

Jamie Johansen

State milk regulators requested that the FDA work with them to enforce the proper use of milk and milk product labeling terms, a development the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) hailed as “the strongest statement yet that the abuse of dairy terms has gone too far.” “It’s time for FDA to work with state agencies in defending standards of identity …

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Dairy Applauds USDA Sec’s Support of School Milk Options

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association thank Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for recognizing the important role school milk plays in ensuring school-aged children get the nutrition they need. Perdue visited Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., to announce that the USDA will implement regulations to allow school districts to again offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk …

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March Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Dairy Management Inc.’s March Dairy Market Report is now out. In January, the average U.S. all-milk price reached its highest level since the final month of the 2013-2014 price spike. At $10.54 per hundredweight, the Margin Protection Program (MPP) margin for November–December was the highest in two years. Also in January, dairy exports …

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NMPF Stresses MPP Must be Priority for Farm Bill

Jamie Johansen

Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) testified before the House Agriculture Committee sharing priorities for the next farm bill and stating improvements to the dairy Margin Protection Program must be a top priority. Mulhern told committee members, “While MPP was, and is, the right approach for the future of federal dairy policy, the program …

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U.S. Dairy Leaders Promise Steadfast Commitment to Mexico

Jamie Johansen

The leaders of three major U.S. dairy organizations – U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – promised to continue a strong commitment to their time-tested partnership with Mexico’s dairy industry and consumers. “We have always seen Mexico as a partner first and a customer second,” USDEC President and CEO Tom …

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NMPF Proposes Changes to MPP Making Viable Safety Net

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Board of Directors today unanimously approved a series of recommended changes to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) that will restore several key elements first proposed by NMPF during development of the 2014 Farm Bill. These changes to the MPP will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers – if the …

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India’s Dairy Sector Report from USDA

Jamie Johansen

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released a new report about India’s dairy sector. The report and research was conducted by Maurice Landes, Jerry Cessna, Lindsay Kuberka, and Keithly Jones. India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of milk. Growth in milk supply and demand has been robust, but projections indicate that production targets will be difficult to reach …

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Legislation Pushes New Labeling Laws for Soy, Almond Milk

Lizzy Schultz

Soy and almond milk producers may soon face new labeling laws if new industry-backed legislation, sponsored by a pair of dairy state lawmakers, attracts more support in Congress. The Dairy Pride Act, sponsored by Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, would enforce longstanding FDA definitions (CFR 131.110) that define milk. The new bill expands the definition of …

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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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Soy Growers, Soyfoods Oppose Dairy Pride Act

Jamie Johansen

In a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) objected to draft legislation that would restrict the marketing of soymilk. S. 130, referred to as the Dairy Pride Act, would prohibit the term “milk” from being used with soymilk and soymilk-based products, under …

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