Dairy Checkoff Launches Partnership with Yum! Brands

Jamie Johansen

The national dairy checkoff announced a partnership with Yum! Brands to grow U.S. dairy sales internationally, specifically in Asia Pacific, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell with nearly 43,000 restaurants in 135 countries and territories, is the global leader in the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style restaurant …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Checkoff, Dairy Management Inc., Food, Marketing, National Milk

October Dairy Market Report

Jamie Johansen

The October issue of the National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Management Inc. Dairy Market Report shows milk prices continued a generally solid recovery from their late-spring low through August, but subsequent changes in Class III and Class IV prices and increased milk production suggest milk prices may have reached a ceiling for the time being. Milk prices continued a …

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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 …

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American Butter Institute Board Elects New Leadership

Jamie Johansen

John Ellenberger of Land O’ Lakes, Inc. was elected the new president of the American Butter Institute at the group’s Board of Directors’ meeting in mid-October. The board also designated the first and second vice president of the organization, which represents the companies manufacturing the majority of the nation’s butter products. The following individuals were elected to a two-year term: …

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Farm Groups Challenge Dannon & Other Food Companies

Jamie Johansen

Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary. This focus on deceptive food company marketing claims is in response to Dannon’s recent pledge to eliminate …

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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese

Jamie Johansen

Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, Wisc. today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients. While USDA projects dairy prices to increase throughout the rest of the year, …

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Dairy Groups Hosting Webinar on EU Geographical Indications

Lizzy Schultz

The three national dairy trade associations have plans to unveil a major economic analysis on the consequences of surrendering to the European Union on common cheese names in a webinar for media Tuesday, October 11, at 11 a.m. EDT. The webinar will include a 60-page analysis that shows how the EU’s anti-competitive approach to geographical indications will cost U.S. dairy …

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FARM Program, Merck Offer Animal Health Webinars

Lizzy Schultz

The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program , which is administered by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), has announced that it is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to offer a series of animal health webinars that will further build upon the strong partnership established last year between the Merck Dairy Care365 Program and the FARM Program. This decision …

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Dairy Groups Challenge Protectionist Dairy Policy in Canada

Jamie Johansen

Dairy organizations in the United States, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to deepen its restrictions on dairy trade. The groups said Canada’s policies violate “international trade obligations, hold out the prospect of trade diversion with attendant global price-depressing impacts and …

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Dairy Groups Urge Investigation of New Canadian Barriers

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have praised Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for urging an investigation into Canadian dairy pricing policies that have impacted current trade and stand to negatively affect U.S. dairy farmers and manufacturers, jeopardizing the country’s trade commitment to the United States. In a letter to …

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