Legislation Pushes New Labeling Laws for Soy, Almond Milk

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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

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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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New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module

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The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES). The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability. “America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of …

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Dairy Groups Unhappy with Canadian Milk Pricing Policy

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National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged President Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during yesterday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The groups are calling it “one of the most sensitive and urgent topics complicating the …

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Livestock Groups Concerned With Trump’s Trade Action

Jamie Johansen

Animal ag groups jumped to respond to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said “We’re especially concerned that the Administration is taking these actions without …

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Livestock Groups Back Perdue for Ag Secretary

Lizzy Schultz

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture has been received a warm and positive response from the nation’s livestock industry groups. The veterinarian and former Georgia Governor has been praised for his political and agribusiness experience and his understanding of the nation’s diverse agriculture industry. “Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief …

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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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December Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) have released the December Dairy Market Report. U.S. dairy exports continue to improve. Export volumes were up during August–October compared to a year earlier for most major product categories. Nonfat dry milk and dry whey prices have been rising due to an improving world market for dairy ingredients. This …

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