National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

February 2018

2/23/2018 (Capital Press) – 2017 Dairy Exports Highest in Three Years

Strong overseas demand for milk powder, whey and cheese led the way for a 14 percent jump in U.S. dairy exports last year. Full Story

2/23/2018 (Brownfield Ag) – Cow ‘Fitbits’ Improve Dairy Production

A precision dairy expert says electronically monitoring cows can improve dairy production.  Full Story

2/22/2018 (Feedstuffs) – USDA projects climbing meat production, falling prices

Demand for U.S. livestock and dairy products looks to remain strong, although production continues to outpace the need. Full Story

2/22/2018 (WIZM) – Wisconsin tweaks dairy insurance program, as milk demand dwindles

The problem for dairy farmers in the region is there’s too much milk on the market. Sen. Tammy Baldwin was in La Crosse this week talking to those farmers. Full Story

2/21/2018 (Farm Talk) – Cow Comfort Vital in Dry Cow Management

Though dry cows on a dairy may seem less important than those putting milk in the tank, dry cow management is an essential portion of a successful dairy. Full story

2/21/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – Dairy Economist Says Canada Might Take More Dairy Market If NAFTA Talks Fail

A dairy economist is concerned about another scenario that could bring trouble to U.S. dairy producers if the NAFTA talks fall apart. Full Story

2/20/2018 (Lancaster Farming) – Take Measures to Prepare for the Next Six Months

Futures forecasts range from $1 per hundredweight lower than 2017’s average of $16.17 to as much as $2 per hundredweight less.

2/20/2018 (New Mexico Courier Express) – Global Flavoured Milk Market Outlook 2018

Reportsbuzz added a new latest industry research report that focuses on “Flavoured Milk market ” and provides in-depth Global Flavoured Milk market analysis and future prospects of Flavoured Milk market.

2/19/2018 (FoodBev Media) –Low Milk Prices Causing Serious Finance Issues for N.Y. Farmers

Tom Hosking, a veteran livestock auctioneer, has close encounters with the increasing economic pain and everyday stress facing New York’s dairy farmers.

2/19/2018 (FoodBev Media) – FairlifeRrebrands DHA Milk Range and Releases New Variant

US-dairy company Fairlife has rebranded its Fairlife Superkids range of DHA milk for kids and released a new lactose-free whole milk variant.

2/16/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Heifers Continue Fueling Herd Expansion

Dairy herd expansion looks like it is still ongoing with more replacement heifers on farms. Full Story

2/16/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Innovation Center for US Dairy and USDA Extend MOU

his week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Paul Rovey, a dairy farmer and board member of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, met on a California dairy farm to renew and extend a memorandum of understanding between USDA and the Center. Full Story

2/15/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – USDA and Innovation Center for US Dairy recommit to meet industry environmental goals

The USDA and Innovation Center for US Dairy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry, building on a pact the two organizations formed in 2009. Full Story

2/15/2018 (Capital Press) – California federal milk marketing order delayed but on track

After announcing a delay last week in establishing a federal milk marketing order for California, USDA on Tuesday told stakeholders it is moving forward with an option that would only delay the process one to four months. Full Story

2/14/2018 (Bullvine) – Milk outlook: Price forecast hits dairy farmer confidence

Forecasts that the commodity value of milk next season could be down nearly $1 a kilogram on this season battered dairy farmer confidence last week. Full Story

2/14/2018 (Farm & Dairy) – Federal budget bill revamps MPP to help dairy farmers

The federal budget bill that President Donald Trump signed Feb. 9 includes specific reforms intended to help struggling dairy farmers. Full Story

2/13/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – NMPF slams study claiming milk is food safety risk

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has slammed a study for describing milk as a ‘high-risk factor’ in spreading foodborne illness. Full Story

2/13/2018 (Dairy Herd) – $27 Million in Expansions Planned for Two Idaho Dairy Processors

Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers, a farmer owned dairy processing plant in Jerome is planning a $20 million expansion to their facilities. Full Story

2/12/2018 (Fillmore County Journal) – Trailside Holsteins spotlights dairy farming at Super Bowl Experience

The organization boasts a 100-plus year commitment by dairy farmers to the health and wellness of Americans and encouraging the choice of nutrient-rich foods, like dairy. Full Story

2/12/2018 (Capital Press) – Federal spending bill strengthens dairy safety net

The bill offers benefits for smaller producers through changes to the Dairy Margin Protection Program and helps larger producers by raising the cap on livestock insurance products. Full Story

2/9/2018 (Dairy Foods) – MilkPEP, milk brands rallying behind Team USA

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), said it has seen unprecedented levels of industry engagement related to Milk Life’s 2018 U.S. Olympic Committee partnership. Full Story

2/9/2018 (The Spoon) – SomaDetect Uses AI to Help Dairy Farmers Improve their Milk

There is a milk glut in the U.S.. Full Story

2/8/2018 (Farm Bureau News) – Cattle Inventory Indicates Potential Expansion in the Dairy Sector

The recently released Jan. 1 Cattle Inventory report kicks off the year with hard numbers on both the dairy and beef cattle herd. Full Story

2/8/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – IDFA urges FDA to reform areas of dairy product manufacturing

The IDFA has urged the FDA to make regulatory updates to dairy product manufacturing, including modernizing outdated standards of identity for dairy products, revising “overly burdensome” FSMA regulations, and extending the compliance date for the revised Nutrition Facts label. Full Story

2/7/2018 (Adirondack Almanack) – Research Aids Dairy Calf Managers in Winter

Research funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has identified steps dairy farms can take to reduce winter season respiratory illness in dairy calves. Full Story

2/7/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Dairy Farmers Are Paying More Than Ever

Farmers rely on skilled labor to plant and harvest crops, milk cows and manage livestock in a timely manner across the U.S. Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, met with President Donald Trump in Nashville last month, to help the president understand the labor crisis America’s farmers are facing. Full Story

2/6/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – US dairy sees ‘strong advocate’ in nominee Gregg Doud as USTR chief agricultural negotiator

USDEC and NMPF have urged the US Senate to swiftly approve Gregg Doud as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) where he will work with Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer on advancing US international trade deals. Full Story

2/6/2018 (The Daily News) – Gillibrand pushes legislation to require USDA to put that money back into the pockets of dairy farmers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation, the Dairy Premium Refund Act, to return insurance premiums to farmers who paid millions of dollars for an insurance program that left them empty-handed when milk prices plummeted. Full Story

2/5/2018 (Lancaster Farming) – Painting the Big Picture Can Benefit Dairy Farmers

Many approaches in today’s environment require a big-picture assessment. Full Story

2/5/2018 (Frederick News-Post) – Local dairy farmer trains NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis in modern agriculture

NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis, aka The Bus, looks like a man who could pull the tire off a John Deere tractor, and on Thursday, he proved he could with a little help from a local dairy farmer. Full Story

2/2/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – SCC Levels Might Affect Mastitis Cure Rates

A study at the University of Georgia (UGA) suggests the somatic cell count (SCC) of an infected quarter at the time of antibiotic treatment might affect cure rates. Full Story

2/2/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Facial Recognition for Cows Is Latest Cargill-Backed Tech Idea

Cargill Inc. is backing an Irish startup that uses facial recognition software to help increase the productivity of dairy cows, the latest move by the largest closely held U.S. company to bolster its agricultural-technology efforts. Full Story

2/1/2018 (FeedStuffs) – Neogen releases simple tests for dairy antibiotics

Platform automatically incubates and analyzes up to three milk samples simultaneously to test for beta-lactam and tetracycline antibiotics. Full Story

2/1/2018 (Dairy Herd) – Accelerated calf program yields growth in heifers

Rarely do dairy operations get the chance to design and build a complete calf and heifer facility. Usually, it’s a piecemeal affair at best—remodeling or expanding existing facilities. Full Story

January 2018

1/31/2018 (Castleton Spartan) – Athletes stoked about Thomas Dairy milk

Chocolate milk, in recent years, has been proven to be one of the top recovery drinks for athletes post workout. Full Story

1/31/2018 (Pizza Hut) – Pizza Hut makes a permanent change to their signature Pan Pizzas – 25% more cheese on every pan pizza made –  another great example of your checkoff dollars at work!

This change is a big deal for dairy – it impacts nearly 1/3 of the pizzas that Pizza Hut sells and is expected to result in an incremental 150 million pounds of milk used each year! 

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1/30/2018 (USAgNet) – Dairy Groups Support USDA’s Milk Options in Schools

Putting low-fat flavored milk back into schools will bolster the nutrition intake of America’s children, according to comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by the nation’s leading dairy organizations. Full Story

1/30/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – December Milk Production Report ‘Glass Half Full’

With milk production up just 1.1% in December, it’s one of those “glass half full” reports that could have been even worse. Full Story

1/29/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Butterfat Drives Your Milk Price

With premiums eroding across the country because of the glut of milk just about everywhere but California, focus efforts on what you still are being paid for. Full Story

1/29/2018 (The Journal) – Fritsches talk dairy farming at Super Bowl Experience

Paul and Melanie Fritsche of rural New Ulm plus more than 50 other Midwest dairy farmers will share their stories at the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 31. Full Story

1/26/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) –4th Quarter Milk Production Increases 1.1% Nationally

Milk production in the United States during the October – December quarter was up 1.1 percent compared to last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Full Story

1/26/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Growing Exports Vital to Dairy Industry’s Success

The key to the dairy industry’s success lies in exports as the world’s growing middle class seeks to add more dairy to their diet, according to milk marketing experts who participated in a panel discussion Jan. 18 at the Dairy Strong conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Full Story

1/25/2018 (The Western Producer) – American farmer supports NAFTA free trade

Humans, sometimes, prefer to see the world as glass half-full. For Scott Frazier, a farmer and rancher from Texas, that tendency explains a lot about the free trade debate in the U.S. Full Story

1/25/2018 (AgWeek) – MN dairy farmers to staff Fuel Up to Play 60 booth at Super Bowl

More than 50 dairy farmers from across Minnesota will be sharing their stories at this year’s Super Bowl Experience, taking place from Sat., Jan. 27 through Sat., Feb. 3  at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Full Story

1/24/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – MilkPEP finds kids want to drink more milk but need more encouragement from parents

According to MilkPEP research, kids represent a core but often overlooked consumer audience that is driving much of the milk volume growth. Full Story

1/24/2018 (Farm Talk Newspaper) – Dairy Dilemma

From exports to milk prices, dairy producers have much to watch in 2018. Full Story

1/23/2018 (North Country Public Radio) – For North Country dairy farmers, Farm Bill isn’t the biggest fish to fry

The expiration of the $10 billion a year Farm Bill may not be dairy’s top concern in North Country. Year-round labor, NAFTA and environmental rules are among the top concerns. Full Story

1/23/2018 (Yorkshire Post) – Farmers make pasture promise

A network of dairy farmers who produce milk from cows that graze in fields for at least 180 days a year has moved to authenticate its ‘free range milk’ credentials amid a rush of new provenance claims by other dairy companies. Full Story

1/22/2018 (The Weather Channel) – How has the rough winter affected dairy operations? Watch this clip from The Weather Channel with our very own dairy farmer, Kirk Butcher, to learn.

1/22/2018 (Valley Agricultural Software) – 7 Ways Feed Management Software Improves Total Milk Production

With 50 percent of dairy production costs tied into feed, conventional wisdom dictates that many dairy operators would look for ways to drive down those costs without sacrificing production — and feed management software accomplishes that. Full Story

1/22/2018 (Dairy Herd) –National Dairy Board Offers $31,000 in Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for $31,000 in scholarships from the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Full Story

1/19/2018 (Agri-Pulse) – Dairy farmers want to sell their products, and themselves

When four American dairy industry leaders spoke this week to hundreds of milk producers about what’s needed for future success, they spent their whole hour on two things: expanding export markets and building the trust of U.S. and world consumers. Full Story

1/19/2018 (Daily Register) – Got Milk?

Oelwein High School juniors, Jakub Conner, Sierra Brennan, Sammi Paul, and Carly Jeanes, Food and Fitness cross age teachers visit Wings Park 2nd grade classrooms each month educating the youth in a specific food category. Full Story

1/19/2018 (Bullvine) – Milk prices paid to dairy farmers for 2018 is deplorable!

After consultation with government and industry personnel, it’s very clear that milk prices paid to dairy farmers in 2018 still will not be pretty. Full Story

1/18/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Farmers ramp up calls for preserving NAFTA

A new coalition has launched to educate the Trump Administration and Congress on the positive benefits of preserving and modernizing NAFTA. Full Story

1/18/2018 (AGDaily) – Baldwin: Washington has failed to respond to dairy farmers

In the face of difficult dairy market conditions in Wisconsin and across the country, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter this week to Senate leadership urging them to protect the economic security of our nation’s dairy farmers and update and expand the Dairy Margin Protection Program in the FY2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill to better support the needs of family farmers. Full Story

1/18/2018 (Minnesota Public Radio) – Farmers struggling with low milk prices find little help from safety net

Dave Schwartz has been milking cows full-time for nearly 60 years, through boom times and busts. And since the late 1950s, he’s seen a lot of both. Full Story

1/17/2018 (BusinessWire) – The a2 Milk Company Expands in the Northeast Capitalizing on Strong Momentum

Products will be available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Full Story

1/17/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – California Dairies closing Los Banos plant

California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) is closing its Los Banos, California, manufacturing facility on March 17, 2018, with the loss of 63 jobs. Full Story

1/16/2018 (Digital Journal) – Milk and Dairy Sampling: Technologies to Reduce Risk

A live session on Jan. 30 will discuss how a representative sampling plan can improve assessment of the characteristics of the entire process stream to avoid food hazards and ensure efficiency of the entire milk and dairy process. Full Story

1/16/2018 (High Plains Ag Journal) – Technology has changed forages used in dairy industry

Dairy farms in the 1950s were pasture-based, herds were small and there was a lot of hard manual labor. A dairy farm in 2018 looks much different. Full Story

1/15/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Pennsylvania Dairy Barn Fire Kills 79 Cows

Jonas Family Cold Spring Farm near Pleasant Mount had a fire break out in a barn housing 110 cows. Thirty-one cows were saved from the fire and were moved to another farm. Full Story

1/15/2018 (Star-Telegram) – At Stock Show dairy competition, there’s more to cows than milk

Not all dairy cows are black and white. Full Story

1/15/2018 (Fresno Bee) – Want to find one tall ‘glass of milk’? Head to Tulare

The water tower at 161 O St. in the city of Tulare was transformed to resemble a very tall glass of milk over the space of one week. Full Story

1/12/2018 (Daily Star) – SUNY Delhi hosts agricultural conference

In the halls of SUNY Delhi on Thursday, farmers from Delaware County and beyond filled conference rooms to discuss the future of upstate farming at the Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference. Full Story

1/12/2018 (Lancaster Farming) –  Dairy Dominates Session on Farm Bill

The farm economy is much different today from four years ago when the last Farm Bill was written. Full Story

1/11/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Southeast United Dairy Industry Association rebrands itself as ‘The Dairy Alliance’

The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) has rebranded itself as The Dairy Alliance as the dairy coalition looks to expand its partnerships with the US dairy industry, particularly around the food service sector. Full Story

1/11/2018 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Raise your glass for National Milk Day

Raise your glass – of milk that is – to commemorate National Milk Day on Jan. 11. Full Story

1/11/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Mexico Will Leave NAFTA Talks if Trump Triggers Withdraw

Mexico will leave the NAFTA negotiating table if U.S. President Donald Trump decides to trigger a 6-month process to withdraw from the trade pact, three Mexican sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Wednesday. Full Story

1/10/2018 (Business Wire) – Shambaugh & Son Project for Dairy Farmers of America Named 2018 Sustainable Plant of the Year

The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) milk plant in Garden City, Kansas has recently been named “Sustainable Plant of the Year” by Food Engineering magazine for its new state-of-the-art, 267,000 square foot whole and skim milk powder drying facility, the largest single milk dryer in North America. Full Story

1/10/2018 (Natural Products Insider) – Dairy—What Does Innovation Look Like for the Future?

Innovation in dairy is often associated with milk. Milk is counted among the most essential staple foods and an important part of a balanced diet containing, among other vital nutrients, a high percentage of calcium. Full Story

1/9/2018 (PR Newswire) – SUDIA Rebrands To Reflect Market-focused Mission And Innovation

The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) has new leadership, new branding and a new name — The Dairy Alliance. Full Story

1/9/2018 (Star Beacon) – Milk prices don’t look good for dairy farmers

Plain and simple, there is just too much milk being produced by dairy farmers, and products made from milk, like butter, milk powder and cheese, are being stored in amounts that pull down current prices. Full Story

1/8/2018 (Centre Daily Times) – Milk highlights talk with U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson at Farm Show

Milk was a topic of high interest at U.S Rep. Glenn Thompson’s listening session at the Farm Show on Saturday. Full Story

1/8/2018 (Blackburn News) – Another Ruling Against Durham-Area Raw Milk Advocate

Michael Schmidt’s raw milk operation has been effectively shut down. Full Story

1/5/2018 (Good Morning America) – Meet the NFL’s new kid correspondent for Super Bowl LII

Minnesota Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador, Manasa, was formally announced as this year’s NFL Super Kid! She will serve as the official NFL kid correspondent for the Super Bowl. Full Story

1/5/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Dairy milk hasn’t lost the battle to plant-based alternatives, Mintel says

While plant-based non-dairy alternatives are finding their place in more and more home refrigerators, dairy milk has a few distinct advantages that manufacturers can emphasize to retain consumers within the category, according to Mintel. Full Story

1/5/2018 (Civil Eats) – New ‘Bracero’ Bill Could Cut Agriculture Workers’ Rights and Wages

Advocates worry that a new Congressional bill could change the status of farmworkers for the worse. Full Story

1/4/2018 (VPR) – In Deep Freeze, How One Farmer Keeps Cows Warm And The Milk Flowing

Frigid temperatures are tough on the humans, but Vermont is also home thousands of dairy cows. How do all those cows, and their farmers stay warm? Full Story

1/4/2018 (Penn Live) – 2018 Farm Show butter sculpture: Here’s a look at this year’s theme

This year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture has been revealed. Full Story

1/3/2018 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Looking back at 2017, a year of turmoil for agriculture

Growing up on a dairy farm in Washington County more than 30 years ago, was a far cry different than what farmers face today. Full Story

1/3/2018 (Capital Press) – Global dairy surplus weighs on prices

Surpluses of exportable dairy products have already begun to weigh down milk prices, and the global milk supply continues to increase. Full Story

1/2/2018 (Wall Street Journal) – Dairy Producers, Farmers Struggle With Organic-Milk Oversupply

Companies that invested in producing organic milk are cutting capacity or looking to turn it into cheese or other products. Full Story

1/2/2018 (Bangalore Weekly) – Dean Foods Company shares gap down after earnings miss

Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF) gapped down prior to trading on Friday following a weaker than expected earnings announcement. Full Story

December 2017

12/22/2017 (USDA) – USDA Announces Dairy Board Appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 13 individuals, including 12 dairy producers and one importer, to serve three-year terms on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Full Story

12/21/2017 (AgriLand) – US milk production up 1 percent in November

Milk production in the 23 major states in US was up by 1.1 percent in November, compared to the same month in 2016, according to the latest figures from US Department of Agriculture. Full Story

12/21/2017 (Feedstuffs) – Red meat, poultry, eggs, milk show 2018 production increases

Lower feed prices expected to aid animal product expansion. Full Story

12/20/2017 (Feedstuffs) – French company Lactalis acquiring Brazilian dairy company

In what will be its second major Latin American acquisition in recent years, France-based Groupe Lactalis SA recently announced that it plans to purchase Brazilian dairy company Itambé Alimentos SA during the first half of 2018, subject to approval. Full Story

12/20/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Changes at the top – appointments at a2 Milk, Elopak, G. Willi-Food and Westland

There have been several announcements of appointments at major companies in, or associated with, the dairy industry recently. Full Story

12/19/2017 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Disaster aid package offers first steps for cotton, dairy fixes

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package on Dec. 18 that includes important provisions for cotton growers and limited support for dairy producers. Full Story

12/19/2017 (Sixth Tone) – Spilled Milk: How China Failed Its Dairy Farmers

A decade after major food safety scandal, milk production has moved from Mongolian herdsmen to mega farms. Full Story

12/15/2017 (NPR) – The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

An organization representing the interests of small farmers across rural America fired a legal salvo Thursday aimed at a Trump administration they feel has let them down. Full Story

12/15/2017 (Politico) – Suing USDA but fearing reprisals

Farmers have been upset for several months about a USDA decision related to GIPSA rules. But many are also wary about possible retaliation from the large corporations they work for. Full Story

12/15/2017 (WPR) – As Milk Prices Stall, Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Disagree On How To Turn Market Around

Some producers say exports are the answer, others call for managing supply. Full Story

12/14/2017 (Food Navigator) – How is Brexit shaping up for the food sector?

As Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels rumble on, the future trading relationship continues to concern the business world. How is the prospect of Brexit shaping up for the food sector? Full Story

12/14/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – How to stay innovative in the dairy category, according to industry experts

While much talked about, ‘innovation’ is not simply a buzzword but at the core of many dairy companies’ corporate strategies. DairyReporter’s Dairy Innovation live webinar brought together three industry experts to put this term into context. Full Story

12/13/2017 (Vanity Fair) – Gary Cohn, farming enthusiast, is raising taxes on cows

Apparently eliminating the estate tax wasn’t about saving the American homestead, after all. Full Story

12/13/2017 (Feedstuffs) – Agro-defense a ‘real national security problem’

Senate Agriculture Committee hearing looked at vulnerabilities of U.S. farmers and economy from biological threats, as well as solutions to safeguard American agriculture from these threats. Full Story

12/13/2017 (Progressive Dairyman) – Proposed dairy revenue insurance policy advances

Dairy farmers may be closer to having access to another income safety net, possibly by mid-2018. Full Story

12/13/2017 (Farm Focus) – Atlantic dairy farmers help SomaDetect win $1-million prize

SomaDetect, a Fredericton startup company aimed at making herd health decisions easier for dairy producers, has received a major financial boost from south of the border. Full Story

12/13/2017 (Cronkite News) – An Arizona dairy woman grows appreciation for female farmers

Women are principal operators of 14 percent of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S. Full Story

12/12/2017 (Food Navigator) – Optimism and issues – an interesting year for dairy

Farmgate prices went up a bit in 2017, although not as much as farmers hoped, and value-added products continued to dominate companies’ strategy to get more money from raw milk. Full Story

12/12/2017 (ABC 13 Ohio) – New event uses giant milk jug to ring in the new year

Arps Dairy is teaming up with the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau for the inaugural Arps Dairy New Year’s Eve Countdown event. Full Story

12/12/2017 (Brownfield) – Dairy markets fall again Monday

Dairy prices were mostly lower again Monday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Class III milk futures for December were the exception, up $.01 closing at  $15.61.  All other milk futures through 2018 went down. Full Story

12/11/2017 (USA Today) – Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears

Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. Full Story

12/11/2017 (NMPF) – November Dairy Market Report

The November Dairy Market Report from the National Milk Producers Federation reports recent signs that overall supply has been gradually heading back toward balance with demand in U.S. domestic dairy markets. Full Story

12/11/2017 (Daily Business Review) – Food Fight Led by Public Interest Law Firm Ends Well for Skim Milk-Making Dairy

Mary Lou Wesselhoeft of Ocheesee Creamery wanted her skim milk to be labeled just that. Full Story

12/8/2017 (The Atlantic) – For the First Time, Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals Drops

Sales of the drugs for U.S. agriculture had risen every year since the FDA started collecting data. Full Story

12/8/2017 (Wisconsin Ag Connection) – Cooper Stepping Down at FarmFirst Dairy Co-op

The Madison-based FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative will soon be looking for a new leader. Full Story

12/8/2017 (Bloomberg) – The Fancy Butter Buying Guide

In October, news of a French butter shortage shook the food world to its croissant-shaped core. Prices tripled in France as consumers nervously hoarded caches. In some areas, as much as 46 percent of demand went unmet, according to Nielsen Holding Plc. Full Story

12/7/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – How Google sees your farm

Don’t neglect the gate to your farm’s digital presence, as it may be the only image of your dairy most people see. Full Story

12/7/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – ADPI sets first industry standards for whey proteins from milk

The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) has released new US industry standards for milk whey proteins that are obtained directly from milk, a first for the dairy industry, according to ADPI technical director, Dan Meyer. Full Story

12/7/2017 (Wisconsin Ag Connection) – Cheese Technology Expo Announces 2018 Seminar Schedule

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and Center for Dairy Research have announced new partnerships with the U.S. Dairy Export Council, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to deliver greater diversity and depth of programming for its 2018 International Cheese Technology Expo. The program is slated for April 17-19 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Full Story

12/6/2017 (Idaho Press-Tribune) – Darigold CEO: Growth of Idaho’s dairy industry hinges on free trade

The Idaho dairy industry contributes nearly 42,000 jobs and $300-plus million in taxes annually and can do much more, but that is at risk. A modernized North American Free Trade Agreement is an essential and pressing growth opportunity for our dairy industry. Full Story

12/6/2017 (The Guardian) – Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help. Full Story

12/5/2017 (Food Navigator) – Judge tosses ‘speculative’ lawsuit over ‘all-natural’ status of dairy products from cows fed GM feed

A judge has granted Dannon’s motion to dismiss a high-profile false advertising lawsuit alleging shoppers were misled by its ‘all-natural’ claims on dairy products from cows that may have eaten GM feed. Full Story

12/5/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Starbucks challenge to Morinaga’s Mt. Rainier logo shot down

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has rejected Starbucks’ opposition to a trademark application filed by Japanese dairy manufacturer Morinaga Nyugo Kabushiki Kaisha (trading as Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.) for its RTD espresso and milk beverage. Full Story

12/4/2017 (Politico) – USDA attorneys plagued by low morale under Vaden

The Trump administration’s nominee for USDA general counsel, Stephen Vaden, is enforcing workplace changes that have led to unusually contentious labor negotiations, several attorneys from across the country told Pro Ag’s Catherine Boudreau. Full Story

12/4/2017 (City Pages) – A Minnesota town fights for its life against a factory farm

The initiative to lure European dairy companies via cheap government loans started with former GOP Governor Mike Rounds. Full Story

12/2/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Milk Prices Down More Than $0.40/cwt. in Southeast, Appalachian Regions

The Southeast Uniform milk price for October was $19.12, down $0.49 from September and $0.40 higher than October 2016. The Appalachian Uniform milk price was $18.59, down $0.47 from September and $0.49 higher than October 2016. Full Story

12/1/2017 (Food Reporter) – Smoke and mirrors or clear communication? Industry clashes over Evolved Nutrition Label

As Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever develop their Evolved Nutrition Label, the dairy industry has slammed it as “nonsense” while consumer groups brand it “an attempt to scramble” France’s official NutriScore. Full Story

12/1/2017 (Politico) – How the tax bill could hit ag funding

The Senate is gearing up to pass the biggest corporate tax cut in American history — but the legislation, H.R. 1 (115), could have serious implications for the agriculture industry. Full Story

12/1/2017 (Jackson County Farm Report) – Is Wisconsin still America’s Dairyland?

Wisconsin falls just short of California on total milk production, but Wisconsin’s cows are more efficient and produce about four percent more milk per cow than that of their western counterparts. Full Story

12/1/2017 (Williamson Source) – Tennessee: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Hattie Jane’s

Santa’s sleigh will make a special stop at Hattie Jane’s Creamery in Columbia on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 7  p.m., offering the community an opportunity to take photos with Santa and enjoy holiday snacks. Full Story

November 2017

11/30/2017 (AgWeb) – Perdue Attempts To Ease NAFTA Concerns

As North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) re-negotiations continue, farmers are growing increasingly concerned about the possibility President Donald Trump will pull out of the deal. Full Story

11/30/2017 (Farm and Dairy) – Planning for a sustainable future

The state of affairs for the dairy industry is constantly under different influences. The environmental pressures for maintaining soil fertility while minimizing the risk for contamination of waters of the state with the use of manure remain in the lens. Full Story

11/30/2017 (The Daily Campus) – ‘Forgotten Farms’ screening puts spotlight on struggles of local dairy farmers

The documentary shed light on the largely ignored dairy farmers of New England, while also examining the divide between the new food movement and traditional farming. Full Story

11/29/2017 (USDA) – USDA Publishes School Meals Rule, Expands Options, Eases Challenges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provided local food service professionals the flexibility they need to serve wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals in schools across the nation. Full Story

11/29/2017 (PR Newswire) – Dairy Leaders Commend USDA for Expanding School Milk Options

The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday for allowing school districts to offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Full Story

11/29/2017 (USA Today) – Hey kids! You can soon have low-fat, chocolate milk with your school lunch

Lunchroom bosses across the nation are getting a bit more flexibility in what they serve under a new federal rule unveiled Wednesday amid criticism that easing restrictions means less healthy young Americans. Full Story

11/29/2017 (Bloomberg) – Chipotle Rallies After Troubled Burrito Chain Seeks New Leader

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rallied after founder Steve Ells agreed to step down as chief executive officer, clearing the way for a new leader with the operational expertise needed to pull the burrito chain out of a two-year slump. Full Story

11/28/2017 (Florida Trend) – Southeast Milk Statement on the status of Okeechobee County Dairy Farms

Southeast Milk Inc. (SMI), has a zero-tolerance policy for animal abuse. As a cooperative of family-owned dairies, we know that caring for our animals is the right thing to do morally, economically, and ethically. Full Story

11/28/2017 (9&10 News) – Small Family Dairy Farms Squeezed Out Because Of Modern Demands

Some small dairy farms in Northern Michigan are scaling back their operations — struggling to keep up with modern demands. Full Story

11/27/2017 (AG Web) – Canadian Imports of U.S. Butter Plunge

As the fifth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) wrap up in Mexico City, Canada appears to be becoming less dependent on U.S. imports of certain dairy products, particularly butter. Full Story

11/27/2017 (AG Web) – California Dairy Quota Vote Deadline Extended

California dairy farmers now have until Dec. 22 to mail in their ballots on the proposed Quota Implementation Plan (QIP). The original deadline had been Dec. 4. But the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) extended the deadline last week, citing the disruption of recent California wildfires. Full Story

11/22/2017 (Okeechobee News) – State inspectors find problems at Burnham Dairy were storm-related

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors have reported that the alleged animal welfare abuses referenced in a complaint from the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) were connected to Hurricane Irma, and that the deficiencies had been addressed by the dairy owners even before FDACS received the complaint. Full Story

11/22/2017 (WPR) – Thanksgiving Dinner at Lowest Price Since 2010

While an oversupply of milk in the U.S. has kept dairy prices low, industry analysts expect this year’s milk prices will average $1.30 per hundredweight, or 100 pounds of milk, higher than in 2016. Full Story

11/22/2017 (Agri-Pulse) – Milk Producers press fight with food companies’ ‘marketing flim-flam’

Milk producers like Jerry Messer say they’ve had it with many food companies’ marketing practices, such as labeling food in ways that disparage GMOs or using the term ‘milk’ for plant-based beverages. Full Story

11/21/2017 (Politico) – Ag Can’t Survive NAFTA Withdrawal

As the fifth round of NAFTA talks gets ready to close today in Mexico, the agriculture industry sought to communicate just how harshly it would be affected if a trade deal that is helping struggling sectors survive is terminated. Full Story

11/21/2017 (Food Poisoning Bulletin) – New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey Warn Against Udder Milk Brucella Risk

The state health departments of New York, Rhode Island, and New Jersey are all warning consumers about the possibility of Udder Milk Brucella contamination in raw milk. A New Jersey woman has been diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant Brucella infection after her “reported purchase” of raw milk from Udder Milk. Full Story

11/21/2017 (USDA) – U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue share USDA goals

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue shared a series of videos discussing his department’s strategic goals on the USDA’s YouTube channel.

11/20/2017 (Science) – Trump proposes farm research cuts to pay for storm aid

The Trump administration would pay for hurricane relief in part by cutting conservation and research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—an idea that’s running into a roadblock from advocates for those programs. Full Story

11/20/2017 (Progressive Dairyman) – Canada dairy remains target in NAFTA objectives

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) board endorsed a proposal to change how federal milk marketing order (FMMO) Class I base prices are calculated. Full Story

11/20/2017 (Farm Journal) – October Milk Production Up 1.4%

October milk production climbed 1.4% over last year, with cow numbers still 65,000 head higher than they were a year ago, the United State Department of Agriculture reported this afternoon. Full Story

11/20/2017 (Food Quality News) – Raw milk firm linked to Brucella illness in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) has ordered a company to stop selling unpasteurized milk. Full Story

11/20/2017 (Feedstuffs) – Journal of Dairy Science celebrates 100 years

Journal of Dairy Science reflects on past century of scientific advances as it begins its second century of publication. Full Story

11/17/2017 (Farm Journal) – Dairy Exports Grew 17% in FY17

U.S. dairy exports grew 17 percent in fiscal year 2017 to reach $5.3 billion dollars. According to USDA, total ag exports hit $140.5 billion, up 8% over last fiscal year. That’s the third highest on record. Full Story

11/17/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Dairy industry disputes GRAIN report on global GHG emissions

International nonprofit GRAIN has revealed that the world’s top 10 dairy companies emitted roughly 231Mt (million tons) of CO2 in 2016, the equivalent of half of France’s total GHG footprint and a quarter of the emissions emitted by Germany. Full Story

11/17/2017 (MacIver Institute) – Despite Recent Tensions, Free Trade with Canada Still Benefiting Wisconsin

Since the adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), trade between Wisconsin and Canada has thrived, with nearly $9 billion worth of goods being exchanged in 2016. Full Story

11/17/2017 (KPIC) – Roseburg-based dairy company gains international attention

Umpqua Dairy is a powerhouse in Douglas County (Oregon), and it’s also getting a lot of international attention. Full Story

11/16/2017 (CBS 12) – Second dairy farm in Okeechobee under investigation

A second dairy farm in Okeechobee County is under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. Full Story

11/16/2017 (NBC 6) – Animal Rights Group to Expose Alleged Abuse at Second Florida Dairy Farm

An animal rights group says they will be releasing findings of abuse at a second dairy farm in the state – not long after shocking video at the leading dairy farm led to firings and the company’s product being dropped by a supermarket giant. Full Story

11/15/2017 (Capital Press) – Darigold economist: Canada milk policy spoiling market

Canada’s new milk-pricing policy poses billion-dollar problem, according to Darigold economist. Full Story

11/15/2017 (Capital Press) – Dairy prices continue to undulate

CME dairy prices are on a roller coaster again. Block cheddar fell to $1.6025 per pound last Wednesday, the lowest price since Sep. 21, 2017, then jumped 11 1/4-cents Thursday, and closed Friday at $1.71, down a half-cent on the week and 17 1/2-cents below a year ago. Full Story

11/14/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Florida Dairy Farm on Probation Following Abuse Allegations

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has placed Larson Dairy Farms, Okeechobee, Fla., on probation for possible violation of its FARM policy following the release of an animal abuse video last week. Full Story

11/14/2017 (Agri-View) – Progress seen in milk labeling

The National Milk Producers Federation is working to build support in Congress to approve the DAIRY PRIDE Act, and force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action on what the federation maintains are mislabeled dairy imitators. Full Story

11/14/2017 (Food Safety News) – New Jersey orders Udder Milk to stop illegally selling raw milk

Public health officials have ordered a New Jersey company to cease and desist its illegal sales of unpasteurized, raw milk following confirmation that a woman who drank it was infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. Full Story

11/13/2017 (Farm Journal) – China Will Cut Imports in 2018

China remains a significant importer of dairy products and, thus, an important customer for a domestic capacity-strapped U.S. dairy industry. But as time goes by, the domestic dairy industry in China continues to grow and expand. In 2018, for the first time in 10 years, China is expected to reduce the amount of imported dairy products. Full Story

11/13/2017 (AgWeb) – Nixing NAFTA Isn’t an Option

As lead negotiators prepare for the fifth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFA) negotiations this week, the U.S. dairy industry continues its efforts to breakthrough current barriers to exporting milk to Canada. Full Story

11/13/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – DFA opens Kansas plant to meet domestic and global demand for US dairy

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), along with 12 of its member farms, has opened a dairy ingredients facility in Kansas to help support the region’s growing dairy industry while meeting rising demand for US dairy both domestically and globally. Full Story

11/10/2017 (Feedstuffs) – DFA celebrates opening of new plant

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative owned by family farmers, recently celebrated the opening of DFA Garden City, Kan., a new state-of-the-art dairy ingredients plant. Full Story

11/10/2017 (Reuters) – TPP countries agree to move ahead with trade pact without U.S.

Countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached an agreement to push ahead with the trade pact without the United States, by suspending some provisions from the original deal, Vietnamese and Japanese officials said on Saturday. Full Story

11/10/2017 (TCPalm) – Publix drops Okeechobee dairy farm as investigation continues

After allegations of animal abuse launched a full criminal investigation Thursday, Publix announced it would be dropping Larson Dairy Inc. as a milk provider, according to the Lakeland-based company’s Twitter page. Full Story

11/9/2017 (Politico) – Farmers move to defy Trump on NAFTA

After trusting that the president would have their backs, many agricultural advocates now feel a sense of betrayal. Full Story

11/9/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – HPP provides next frontier for clean-label dairy, says Avure Technologies

Consumer demand for clean-label food and beverages has given rise to the use of HPP (high pressure processing) in dairy applications due to its ability to kill bacteria in a cold environment, preserving key nutrients and enzymes typically destroyed during traditional heat pasteurization. Full Story

11/9/2017 (PR Newswire) – Dairy Herd Management Market Worth 3.55 Billion USD by 2022

Factors such as increasing herd size of dairy farms, increasing production and consumption of milk & dairy products, technological advancements, rising public-private funding and investments towards the development of dairy farms, and the substantial cost savings associated with dairy herd management, are driving the Dairy Herd Management Market. Full Story

11/8/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Dean Foods reports Q3 volume loss and stalled Walmart plant operations

Dean Foods reported a 6.6% decrease in fluid milk sales for Q3/17 compared to last year, causing the company to lower its full-year guidance from $50m to $75m to between $10m and $20m. Full Story

11/8/2017 (Farm Journal) – Who Will Milk Your Cows in 2025?

With the tightening labor situation, some dairy farmers already worry about who will milk their cows tomorrow or next week. Full Story

11/8/2017 (The Lane Report) – Eastern Kentucky University environmental health science students receive national research honors

Kosgey’s work in Kenya assessed antibiotic residues in 80 milk samples and found detectable antibiotic residues in 29 percent of samples from mobile milk vending machines used by local dairy farmers and in 24 percent of samples from street vendors. Full Story

11/7/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – DMI CEO: Americans ate a record amount of cheese last year driven by foodservice sector

US per capita dairy consumption reached 591 lbs in 2016, up from 566 lbs in 2010, driven by demand for cheese and butter, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) CEO Tom Gallagher said during the 2017 annual meeting of US dairy organizations. Full Story

11/7/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Innovation Foods to expand following Cumberland Dairy split

Innovation Foods juice and beverage manufacturer has parted ways with its sister company Cumberland Dairy with plans to expand its portfolio next year. Full Story

11/7/2017 (Politico) – Ag struggles to find its voice in NAFTA debate

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was hailed as NAFTA’s savior when he persuaded Trump to stand down from issuing a withdrawal notice in April. Full Story

11/6/2017 (WHEC) – Dairy farmers paying more to produce milk

Are milk prices about to jump? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the price of milk production has increased for New York farmers. So what does that mean for your family budget? Full Story

11/6/2017 (Philadelphia Inquirer) – Catalana family’s Cumberland merged with Dairy Farmers of America co-op

Dairy Farmers of America, a national milk cooperative based in Kansas City, Kansas, has acquired Cumberland Dairy, an 85-year-old, 180-employee processor of “ultrapasteurized” milk and other dairy products in Bridgeton, N.J., from the Catalana family, the company’s third-generation owners. Full Story

11/5/2017 (Modesto Bee) – Trump is ‘bombastic’ but might keep NAFTA, ag secretary says in visit to Modesto

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue heard two main messages from farmers in Sunday’s visit to Modesto — keep export barriers down and lighten up on regulation. Full Story

11/3/2017 (Food Safety News) – Chipotle stockholders’ suit says company, CDC kept secrets

Documents show CDC investigated 14 foodborne outbreaks linked to Chipotle, beginning in 2014. Full Story

11/3/2017 (Politico) – Clovis withdraws; Perdue’s still got short roster

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue no longer has to sweat the weekly controversies over Sam Clovis as the administration’s pick to serve as chief USDA scientist, nor lose sleep over whether he can get him through the Senate. Full Story

11/3/2017 (The Cattle Site) – FAO Food Price Index Eases in October as Dairy Prices Decline

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 176.4 points for the month of October, down 1.3 percent from September while still up 2.5 percent from a year earlier. Full Story

11/3/2017 (The Daily News) – O-AT-KA Milk an international success in a rural county

Like many “before” photos, the 25-kilogram packs of rolled butter and non-fat dry milk powder were far from pretty. Full Story

11/2/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Checkoff Leaders Highlight Keys To Industry’s Future at Annual Meeting

Focus on increased consumption, export potential, checkoff partnerships’ impact and building trust. Full Story

11/2/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Community Rallies to Find Homes for 800 Cows After Parlor Fire

A fire wiped out a parlor on a century-old farm in Wisconsin, but it also served as a reminder of how rural communities rally around one another when tragedy strikes. Full Story

11/2/2017 (Food Navigator) – Agriculture in spotlight ahead of COP23 climate change talks

Agricultural emissions have been flagged as a key issue ahead of the United Nations’ COP23 climate change talks, which will kick off in Bonn next week with the aim of developing a roadmap for implementing the Paris Agreement. Full Story

11/1/2017 (Farm Journal) – Will U.S. Keep Market Dominance in Mexico?

The U.S. and Mexico remain significant trading partners. In 2016, the U.S. sent $1.2 billion worth of dairy products south of the border. Full Story

11/1/2017 (IDFA) – FDA to Launch Pilot Program for Dairy Inspections Under FSMA

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will initiate a pilot program that will consolidate inspection personnel for compliance evaluations at dairy processing facilities for both non-Grade “A” and Grade “A” milk and milk products. Full Story

11/1/2017 (KTIC) – NMPF building support in Congress to approve Dairy Pride Act

Efforts to expose the deceptive labeling and marketing of plant-based products that exploit the nutritional halo of real dairy products continues to gain traction and “has these fake food marketers worried,” attendees here at the National Milk Producers Federation’s annual meeting heard this week by the organization’s leadership. Full Story

11/1/2017 (The Greenville Sun – Tennessee) – High School FFA Visits Large Production Agriculture Operations

The Chuckey-Doak High School FFA recently visited Fair Oaks Farms located in Fair Oaks, Indiana. Full Story

11/1/2017 (U.S. News & World Report) – Power Outage Posing Challenges to Dairy Farmers

In Vermont, dairy farmers who lost electricity in this week’s wind storm are relying on generators to power the equipment that allows them to milk cows and to keep milk cool. Full Story

October 2017

10/31/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Tetra Pak creates dairy and juice packaging that converts into frozen desserts

Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Fino Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM packaging, which converts liquid dairy and juice drinks into ice cream and frozen dessert products. Full Story

10/31/2017 (Wisconsin Ag Connection) – European and U.S. Milk Lead Production Recovery

The European and U.S. dairy markets are leading international recovery in milk markets, the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit was told Monday. The IDF launched the World Dairy Situation Report 2017 at the Summit in Belfast. Full Story

10/30/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Farmers receive $3 to $32 return on checkoff

For every $1 spent by dairy farmers in demand-enhancing activities, the benefits received back by dairy farmers were $2.99 for fluid milk. That’s a 3 to 1 return on investment. Full Story

10/30/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Saputo to take over Murray Goulburn for $1bn

After many rumors over the potential sale of Australia’s Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited, Canadian dairy company Saputo Inc. has emerged as the company that will take over the cooperative. Full Story

10/27/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – It’s a “high-5” as Kentucky wins fifth consecutive National FFA Dairy Judging title

With a healthy 74-point margin of victory, Spencer County FFA took home the top prize at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Full Story

10/27/2017 (Bowling Green Daily News) – Quarles aims to open international markets to state’s farmers

Barren County farmer Richard Mattingly is already an innovator, having installed robots that milk most of his 240 dairy cows. Now he’s looking at an innovation that will go beyond technology and improve the market for the milk those robots are squeezing out. Full Story

10/27/2017 (Capital Press) – Guestworker bill moves to full House

The legislation would replace the H-2A visa for seasonal workers with a program that allows year-round agricultural workers an initial stay of 36 months. Full Story

10/26/2017 (Farm Journal) – EPA Offers Guidance on Air Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. Full Story

10/26/2017 (The Fence Post) – Dairy industry praises bill to allow low-fat flavored milk in schools

Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Joe Courtney, D-Conn., today introduced a bill that would allow schools to offer low-fat flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving as well as fat-free flavored milk in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. Full Story

10/26/2017 (CBS 19) – Renamed milk brand teaming up with grocery chain to help schools

A grocery chain, a national association branch, and a renamed product are teaming up again to support a physical activity program in schools. Full Story

10/25/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – There May Be More Milk in School Lunches

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools. Full Story

10/25/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – UK latest to sign up to Dairy Declaration

The UK dairy industry has become the latest country to endorse a declaration to promote the sustainability of dairy systems worldwide. Full Story

10/25/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – UK dairy industry publishes report covering Brexit issues

Dairy UK, the representative body of the UK dairy industry, today published its “White Paper” report for 2017, outlining opportunities and challenges – including Brexit and consumer confidence in dairy foods. Full Story

10/24/2017 (Bloomberg) – Agricultural Guestworker Bill Expected to Clear House Committee

A bill to create a new, streamlined agricultural guestworker program is expected to be approved by the House Judiciary Committee Oct. 25 after Republicans and Democrats staked out their positions the day before. Full Story

10/24/2017 (Farm Journal) – Vilsack: “Canadian Supply Management Can’t Be Sustained”

With round 4 of negotiations complete around a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) it’s a good time to take a breath and reassess where affected parties stand in the ongoing debate. Full Story

10/24/2017 (Farm Journal) – Cargill Acquires Diamond V; Elanco Up for Sale

In a pair of totally unrelated news releases this morning, Cargill announced its acquisition of Diamond V and Eli Lilly and Company announced it would entertain purchase offers for its Elanco Animal Health business. Full Story

10/23/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Aim for Excellence at the 2017 MILK Business Conference

Dairy producers and managers from across the nation will Aim for Excellence at the 16th annual MILK Business Conference, held Nov. 6–8, 2017, at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Full Story

10/23/2017 (The Country Today) – Milk production record broken again

For the third time in less than two years, a Wisconsin cow has set the national single-lactation milk production record. Full Story

10/23/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Danone changes management structure

Danone’s board of directors has voted to combine the functions of chairman and chief executive officer. Full Story

10/20/2017 (CBS News) – The return of the milkman, 21st century-style

The classic white suit, black bowtie and signature glass milk bottles are likely to remain relics of history, but in other ways the milkman is making a comeback. Full Story

10/20/2017 (WRAL) – N.C. State Fair Destination: $1 milk booth

Every year, the food vendors at the N.C. State Fair try to one up each other with the sweetest or greasiest or fat-laden-est or craziest foods you can imagine. Full Story

10/19/2017 (Times-Gazette) – Feature: Get more with 4-H

Shelbyville, Tenn. – “Get more with Milk” was this past June’s theme for June Dairy Month, of which I was Bedford County’s Chairman. During June I toured dairy farms, gave demonstrations and presentations at community events, such as the Chambers Ice Cream Social, the Farm Bureau Coffee, the Boys and Girls Club and many other dairy events. Full Story

10/19/2017 (Canadian Press) – Baloney Meter: Does the United States protect its dairy producers too?

The United States took aim at one of Canada’s sacred economic cows during the just-completed fourth round of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement — it wants an end to the supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey. Full Story

10/18/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Danone Q3 2017 results accelerated by specialized nutrition segment in China

Danone’s third-quarter sales in 2017 grew by 4.7% to roughly $7.5bn, driven by its booming specialized nutrition business in China, which increased 17.8% in reported sales compared to the previous quarter. Full Story

10/17/2017 (ABC News) – Negotiators give up hope of rewriting NAFTA this year

Talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled over tough American demands, dashing hopes that a deal can be reached this year. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – US and Canada clash over NAFTA dairy trade negotiations

The US has demanded an end to Canada’s supply chain management system for dairy products within the next 10 years as it nears the end of a fourth round of NAFTA talks outside of Washington, D.C. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Food Navigator) – Agri-food mega mergers will push food prices up, report claims

Mega-mergers between the world’s largest agri-food companies will squeeze farmers and push retail prices up, according to a new report. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Food Safety News) – Raw milk dairy out of time to appeal retail license suspension

Unless it’s in the mail, the owners of Pride & Joy Dairy missed the deadline yesterday to respond to Washington state’s suspension of their license to sell raw milk for the retail market. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Newsweek) – President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts in biofuels will hurt American farmers

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts in biofuels will hurt American farmers and create a “cannibalistic” battle between middle American farmers and Big Oil, say four Republican governors in states that backed Trump in the 2016 election. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Morning AgClips) – Olympic hopeful joins milk campaign

Figure skater and U.S. Olympic hopeful Hannah Miller, a Michigan native, recently joined the Milk Life team and Milk Means More campaign. She will serve as an athlete ambassador promoting the benefits of milk as part of a healthy diet on social media and through special appearances. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Reuters) – U.S. Makes NAFTA Dairy Proposal, Eyes Action on Milk Row

U.S. negotiators at talks to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement on Friday formally asked Canada to address a bilateral dispute over dairy pricing, a request the Canadians are set to resist, sources familiar with the talks said. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Independent Tribune) – Dairy group donates milk delivery totes to Rowan Meals on Wheels

The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) recently donated customized, insulated, milk delivery totes to Meals on Wheels of Rowan. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Food Navigator) – Food sector looks to technology, R&D to deliver decarbonization strategy

The UK government and food sector representatives are focusing on increasing collaborative R&D and the adoption of “state-of-the-art” technologies to deliver on goals to “decarbonize” the sector and improve energy efficiency. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Yamika Herald) – More milk samples from Toppenish facility test positive for salmonella

Further test results last week found four more samples of raw milk from Pride and Joy Dairy’s Toppenish facility containing salmonella. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Inside Indiana Business) – BOAH Names Directors

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has promoted: Patrick Hash, director of the dairy division and Nathan Campbell, deputy director of the dairy division. Full Story

10/12/2017 (The Hill) – Working across the aisle to solve problems with our broken immigration system

After a bipartisan evening visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., a few months ago, we found ourselves engaged in a deep conversation about immigration, and the challenges we face. Full Story

10/12/2017 (Food Navigator) – Nestlé pumps €26 million into first Russian infant formula plant

Global food and nutrition firm Nestlé is looking to strengthen its position in the Russian infant formula market, in addition to supporting sport in the Eurasia region with its first infant nutrition production facility. Full Story

10/11/2017 (Times-Journal) – House gets an earful of Farm Bill concerns

Congressman John Faso and SUNY Cobleskill hosted members of the House Agriculture Committee for a listening session on the 2018 Farm Bill. Full Story

10/11/2017 (PR Newswire) – AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge

Students from the Kansas City area were given the unique opportunity to participate in the AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge presented by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), and supported by GENYOUth and Midwest Dairy Council. The event fostered student-led, dairy farm-to-table themed ideas to drive changes in their schools and communities. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Milk Business) – U.S. Drives Hard Bargain with Canada

With the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations set to begin in Ottawa, Canada this week, the U.S. dairy industry is taking a hard line to force Canada to drop its supply management pricing structure. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Successful Farming) – With NAFTA talks at crucial point, ag is on the table

The U.S. will put its agricultural trade proposals on the table with Canada as part of this week’s round of negotiations for the new NAFTA, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Full Story

10/10/2017 (The Chronicle) – WSDA Suspends License of Raw Milk Dairy

Concerns over pathogens in raw milk has led the Washington State Department of Agriculture to suspend the processing plant license for Pride and Joy Dairy, Inc. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Miami Herald) – Hundreds of business leaders call on Trump to stick with NAFTA

Hundreds of business leaders from all 50 states have joined forces to increase pressure on President Donald Trump to remain in NAFTA. Full Story

10/9/2017 (Food Safety Network) – FDA warns dairy, bakery, canned food and seafood operators

A Georgia dairy, a Massachusetts bakery, a Texas low-acid food processor, and Alabama seafood processor are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety laws. Full Story

10/6/2017 (Journal Times) – National Cooperative Month observed in October

Members who use the services of a cooperative have a say in its operations, and share in the profits it generates. Cooperatives also often operate with a local focus, taking part in community improvement programs, sponsoring local events and contributing to charities. Full Story

10/6/2017 (KTIC) – American dairy industry wants true free trade with Canada

The fourth round of negotiations to redo the North American Free Trade Agreement take place next week in Washington. Jim Mulhern, CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, says negotiators are planning to put forth proposals on dairy policy and other market access issues U.S. farmers have getting their product into Canada. Full Story

10/5/2017 (AgWired) – Dairy Woman of the Year Shares Checkoff Goals

Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey is being honored at the 2017 World Dairy Expo as this year’s Dairy Woman of the Year. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Bloomberg) – Conservative Groups Hold Up Agriculture Guestworker Bill

Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee succumbed to pressure from a group that backs immigration restrictions and postponed a scheduled markup of legislation to create a new visa program for guest farmworkers, an agriculture advocate following the bill said. Full Story

10/4/2017 (AgWired) – Building Trust Key For U.S. Dairy Industry

Industry representatives at the 2017 World Dairy Expo are focused on building trust with both domestic consumers and those in potential export markets. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Capital Press) – Raw milk dairy’s defiance prompts WSDA’s health alert

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has issued a rare health alert, advising consumers to not drink raw milk from a dairy that refused to halt production pending an investigation into why its milk tested positive for salmonella. Full Story

10/3/2017 (Business Wire) – Global Milk Powder Procurement Market Intelligence Report

An increase in the production and consumption of milk powder in emerging economies such as China, India, and Turkey are likely to drive the growth of the global milk powder market. Full Story

10/3/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – US dairy urges Japan to honor current trade relations amid EU geographical indications review

The US dairy industry has asked Japan to cautiously review a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the EU, which could prevent some cheese products from being sold in the Asian country under specific regionally-protected names. Full Story

10/2/2017 (The Packer) – Ag Act to be introduced this week in House committee

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) will introduce the Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017, which proposes a new classification of visa for year-round farm labor. Full Story

10/2/2017 (KTIC) – U.S. dairy says japan, EU trade deal must carefully consider geographical indications

The U.S. dairy industry is telling Japan to “proceed with great diligence” as it prepares a list of protected foods under geographic names as part of a trade agreement with the European Union. Full Story

September 2017

9/29/2017 (Progressive Dairyman) – Elanco seeking to sell Posilac, production facility

Elanco Animal Health is ”exploring strategic options” for Posilac, including seeking a buyer for the recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) molecule and its manufacturing facility located in Augusta, Georgia. Full Story

9/29/2017 ( – NAFTA Lost Opportunity and Dairy Processors Struggle

The popular mantra from much of the ag sector as negotiators overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement is “do no harm,” but, according to Agri-Pulse, the very act of renegotiating the massive three-country trade pact may already be costing pork, beef, corn, soybean and wheat exporters in lost opportunity. Full Story

9/29/2017 (Food Safety News) – FDA raw milk petition divides fans; one camp admits hazards

The new strategy to bust loose more territory for retail sales of raw milk has caused the unintended consequence of dividing proponents over a petition asking the Food and Drug Administration to make it happen. Full Story

9/28/2017 (Farm Journal) – Tax Reform Will “Ease Tax Burden on Farmers”

President Trump announced yesterday his vision for tax reform. Tax revisions included lower taxes on corporate profits, incentives for business investment, fewer and lower individual income tax brackets and the end of estate taxes, with the goal of boosting economic growth and benefiting middle-income families. Full Story

9/28/2017 (PR Newswire) – Dairy Testing Market Worth 5.90 Billion USD by 2022

The market is driven by the increase in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, globalization of dairy trade, and stringent safety & quality regulations for food. Full Story

9/28/2017 (Washington Post) – USDA closes investigation into a massive organic farm — but what did it check?

The USDA has closed an investigation into Aurora Organic Dairy, a mega-dairy highlighted in a Post story earlier this year, finding no violations of organic standards. Full Story

9/27/2017 (Moneyish) – Is carbonated milk the next sparkling water?

Got sparkling milk? That’s the million dollar question one dairy company launching a fizzy fruit beverage made from cow’s milk is asking. Full Story

9/26/2017 (The Guardian) – Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals. Full Story

9/26/2017 (The Daily News) – Collins says Labor Secretary can give dairy farms access to H-2A

Thousands of foreign laborers have returned to the state’s farms to push through a harvest of field crops and fruit, but the needs of dairy farms remain unavailable to seasonal H-2A visa holders. Full Story

9/26/2017 (Independent) – Dairy-free milk could lead to iodine deficiency, study finds

The World Health Organisation considers iodine deficiency to be the ‘world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage.’ Full Story

9/25/2017 (Capital Press) – CDFA approves quota plan; vote next

The Quota Implementation Plan would continue the long-standing, producer-funded program that now operates within the state’s marketing order. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Milk Business) – Optimism Wanes For Stronger Milk Prices This Year, Next

Continued strong milk production here and slowing exports have sucked the wind out of the sails of higher milk prices. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – IDFA unhappy over trade agreement terms

The European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been provisionally implemented, however, the US dairy industry isn’t impressed with some European cheese names being protected. Full Story

9/22/2017 (Food Business News) – Adding opportunities for cheese manufacturers

The Food and Drug Administration said Aug. 11 that the agency will “exercise enforcement discretion” regarding the use and labeling of fluid ultrafiltered milk (U.F.) in certain cheeses and cheese-related products. Full Story

9/21/2017 (Water Online) – Washington Dairy Introduces Cutting-Edge Nutrient Removal Solution

All too often, nutrient pollution issues from industrial and agricultural wastewater operations fall on local utilities to solve. But one dairy system in Washington state has taken steps to change this. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Tokyo Olympics spurring dairy protein demand in Japan as wider region anticipates double-digit growth

The 2020 Olympics, 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the aging population are contributing to ‘huge demand’ for protein products across Japan’s sports nutrition and functional food space. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Food Safety News) – New York finds campylobacter bacteria in raw milk

Unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the Martin Yoder Farm should be immediately discarded because it is contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. New York officials have prohibited the farm from selling raw milk until further notice. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Bloomberg) – Dairy Co-ops Create New Standards for Grass-Fed Organic Products

New standards for certified grass-fed organic dairy won’t allow cows to have any grain in their diet and will require that they graze at least 150 days a year, the two cooperatives behind the new standards said. Full Story

9/19/2017 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) – EPA to allow use of dicamba next year, but with safeguards

The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to allow farmers to spray the controversial weedkiller dicamba next year, but with additional rules for its use, an official with the agency said on Tuesday. Full Story

9/19/2017 (Detriot Free Press) – Dairy farm owner pleads guilty to using illegal labor

The owner of two Michigan dairy farms pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring workers who were in the U.S. illegally and agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to the government. Full Story

9/19/2017 (WTKR) – Governor McAuliffe, First Lady visit Norfolk elementary school to celebrate success of No Kid Hungry

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visited Suburban Park Elementary School in Norfolk Wednesday morning to celebrate the 10 millionth meal served since the inception of the No Kid Hungry initiative. Suburban Park Elementary participates in “Breakfast After the Bell,” a program supported by SUDIA that increases access to school breakfast by bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it a part of the school day. Full Story

9/19/2017 (KXTV) – U.S. farms see 20 percent increase in H-2A guest workers

America’s farmers are relying more and more on immigrant “guest workers” to plant and harvest the nation’s crops, data from the U.S. Office of Foreign Labor shows. Full Story

9/19/2017 (Hoosier Ag Today) – BOAH Dairy Division Announces New Leadership

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health will have new leadership at the Dairy Division effective October 1. Full Story

9/18/2017 (WHSV) – Rising farm income may help Valley dairy industry 

Farm profits in the United States are expected to rise for the first time in three years during 2017, according to a recent forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture. The expected boost in income may be a welcome sign to a struggling dairy industry in the Shenandoah Valley. Full Story

9/17/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Why Cows Die

It is a fact of life cows die. Knowing why they die, however, can lead to improved management and fewer losses, say Franklyn Garry and Craig McConnel, veterinarians with Colorado and Washington State Universities, respectively. Full Story

9/15/2017 (Food Safety News) – CDC expands on Texas warning about Brucella in raw milk

A month after Texas public health officials urged raw milk drinkers and their doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of Brucella infection, the federal government weighed in with its own advice. Full Story

9/14/2017 (Real Money) – Butter Up Your Portfolio as Butter Prices Hit Record Highs

The world seems to have fallen in love with butter again after decades of relegation to the “bad foods” list following medical advice to avoid saturated fats. Full Story

9/14/2017 (CNBC) – U.S. wants NAFTA five-year sunset provision -Commerce’s Ross

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that the United States was seeking to add a five-year sunset provision to the North American Free Trade Agreement to provide a regular, “systematic re-examination” of the trade pact. Full Story

9/14/2017 (ABC News) – Spilled milk turns Indiana creek white

Authorities say an accidental milk spill at a food processing business ended up turning a central Indiana creek white. Full Story

9/13/2017 (ScienceNordic) – Full-fat fermented milk products linked to lower risk of stroke

If your daily intake of dairy products leans towards fermented milk products, you probably have a lower risk of developing a blood clot in the brain, shows a new study.  Full Story

9/12/2017 (Yakima Herald) – Washington state dairy wows with innovative water treatment system

Out on the Columbia Basin, a system of worm feces, wood chips and river rocks could spell a new solution to the vexing issue of nitrate pollution and greenhouse gases. Full Story

9/12/2017 (Huff Post) – NFL FLAG in schools

Shortfalls in funding for PE programs – including the equipment and coaching needed for intramural sports programs to thrive and grow – affect many underserved schools and educators nationwide. Full Story

9/11/2017 (Farm Journal) – Down Power, Wind Damage and Dairy Cows Trapped in Irma’s Wake

Last week we reported Florida dairy farmers were preparing for Hurricane Irma. Over the weekend, farmers continued preparation and as Irma made landfall on Sunday, many were ready for the worst but hoping for the best. Some farms made it through the storm with limited damage and others suffered greatly. Full Story

9/11/2017 (NBC News) – Worry About Florida Farmland Advances Along With Irma

The good news is that Hurricane Irma has been downgraded from the most damaging Category 5. The bad news is that more recent refinement in the forecast models now put the still-dangerous Category 3 storm on a collision course with Florida’s $8 billion agricultural economy. Full Story

9/8/2017 (NY Times) – New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs

High carbohydrate intake is associated with a higher risk of mortality, and high fat intake with a lower risk, researchers report. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Beaumont Milk Processor Bottling Water After Harvey Destruction

Instead of bottling milk, a milk processing plant in Beaumont, Texas is bottling water to help residents cope with a lack of drinking water caused by Hurricane Harvey. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Herald-Mail) – Dairy producers may enroll in Margin Protection Program

Secretary Sonny Perdue utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018. Full Story

9/6/2017 (Florida Milk Blog) – Dairy farmers in Florida prepare for Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, dairy farmers across the state are preparing to make sure their animals and farms are safe and ready for what’s to come.  Full Story

9/6/2017 (Reuters) – From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the South and Southeastern parts of the United States on Wednesday. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Saputo to acquire Southeast Milk extended shelf-life dairy capabilities

Canadian dairy producer, Saputo, has entered an agreement to acquire the extended shelf-life dairy product capabilities of Southeast Milk Inc. of Florida in a deal worth US$47m. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Motherboard/Vice) – Islands of Starving Cows Discovered After Hurricane Harvey

An aerial survey in east Texas days after Hurricane Harvey has found thousands of cattle stranded on small patches of dry land, still surrounded by deep water. Video footage shows these cow islands, where cattle are at risk of dying due to the lack of food and fresh water. Full Story 

9/4/2017 (San Francisco Chronicle) – In cities and on ranches, planning is key to protect animals during disasters

It is too early to know how many animals were affected by the severe weather spawned by Hurricane Harvey. But it is likely that millions of pets and livestock animals were impacted by this disaster.  Full Story

9/3/2017 (NBC News) – Wisconsin Donating 17,000 Pounds of Cheese to Storm-Battered Houston

There’s one thing Texans hit hard by Hurricane Harvey won’t have to worry about: cheese. Full Story

9/1/2017 (Food Navigator) – NMPF spars with Dannon, Dean Foods, over ‘rampant fear-based marketing’ on GMOs

“Rampant fear-based food marketing” – most notably from brands touting their non-GMO credentials – is damaging consumer trust and “jeopardizing the safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over the last 20 years” says the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in a new marketing campaign that’s been sharply criticized by leading dairy brands. Full Story