Dairy Industry Research

Nutrient-rich dairy foods not only help children and adults build healthy diets, they also contribute to healthier lives. Learn more about the science that supports dairy’s health benefits.

September 2019


9/23/2019 (Fortune) – Nestlé Has a Plan for Reducing Emissions—and It Starts With Happier Cows

Nestle’s plan to become net-zero by 2050 involves developing healthier, more productive cows. Full Story

9/23/2019 (Phys.org) – Sustainable dairy project finds ways to lower emissions, boost profits

A six-year, $10 million study to assess dairy’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions says genetics, improved feed strategies and better manure management could result in farms cutting emission by a third to almost half. Full Story

9/19/2019 (American Ag Radio Network) – National Dairy Council’s New Product Competition Accepting Entries

National Dairy Council is accepting entries for its ninth annual new product competition. Full Story

9/18/2019 (WCAX) – Vt. brewers, farmers join forces in brew-to-moo partnerships

A Vermont dairy farm is using byproducts from a local brewer for cow feed. Full Story

9/17/2019 (Penn State) – Eating cheese may offset blood vessel damage from salt

Antioxidants naturally found in cheese may help protect blood vessels damaged by high levels of salt in the diet, according to research funded by National Dairy Council. Full Story

9/16/2019 (Farm and Dairy) – Is A2 milk the future of dairy?

Farm and Dairy asks, “Is A2 milk the future of dairy?” Full Story

9/13/2019 (ILRI News) – A few engineering breakthroughs that could (literally) transform Africa’s dairy systems and food security

High-tech agriculture solutions used in the western world are being applied in Africa with small-share dairy farmers via the B&M Gates Foundation. Full Story

9/12/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Common Threads – September 2019

DMI Chair Marilyn Hershey shares about a project looking toward the future of dairy. Full Story

9/10/2019 (USA Today) – McDonald’s acquires Apprente, plans to speed up drive-thru lines with voice-based ordering technology

McDonald’s purchased Apprente, a startup specializing in voice technology to speed up drive-thru orders. Full Story

9/6/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Ag Startup Companies Offer Unique Solutions To Using Manure

The Yield Lab Institute has selected the ag startup companies that will participate in the Manure Innovation Challenge. Full Story

9/6/2019 (The New York Times) – How High Tech Is Transforming One of the Oldest Jobs: Farming

From equipment automation to data collection and analysis, the digital evolution of agriculture is already a fact of life on U.S. farms. Full Story

9/5/2019 (Food & Drink International) – Arla replaces use by dates to curb confusion and slash milk waste

Arla Foods will eliminate the “use-by” dates on its milk labels in favor of “best before” dates to eliminate food waste. Full Story

9/4/2019 (Wisconsin Public Radio) – Organic Valley Becomes Completely Reliant On Renewable Power

Organic Valley claims it now is the world’s largest food company to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy. Full Story

9/4/2019 (Associated Press) – British farm moo-ves into new tech with 5G collars on cows

A British dairy research center is using 5G technology to better monitor cow health. Full Story

August 2019


8/28/2019 (Forbes) – This Food Waste Busting Tech Uses Synthetic Biology To Test For Spoiled Milk

University of Michigan students are working on a paper strip test to determine if milk has spoiled. Full Story

8/27/2019 (Orlando Sentinel) – Milking it: ‘Teatscrubber’ for dairy cows spurs Sanford company’s rapid growth

Florida company FutureCow is gaining attention for its handheld “Teatscrubber” devices that clean and disinfect udders. Full Story

8/22/2019 (UPI) – Obscure pink seaweed may help reduce global carbon emissions

Researchers say adding a rare, pink seaweed to feed may reduce cows’ methane production. Full Story

8/20/2019 (Fortune) – An A.I.-driven app gives farms an edge.

Land O’Lakes made the Forbes Change the World 2019 list for an app it developed using 30 years of weather data to improve the profitability and reduce the environmental impact of farming. Full Story

8/15/2019 (Feedstuffs) – Land O’Lakes Venture37 launched to bolster global ag

Land O’Lakes International Development announced a new name — Land O’Lakes Venture37 — that helps global communities build economies by strengthening local agriculture. Full Story

8/6/2019 (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – Wisconsin Energy Institute scientists apply biofuels knowledge to the dairy industry

With funding from the National Dairy Council, the Wisconsin Energy Institute is using biofuels expertise to find value in unused dairy product leftovers. Full Story

8/5/2019 (VTDigger.org) – Dairy looks to ancient technology to manage manure odor, runoff

A Vermont dairy farm is using biochar, a kind of charcoal typically used as a soil additive, to cut down on odor and emissions from its manure pit. Full Story

July 2019


7/29/2019 (Capital Press) – Idaho dairy research center advances

The University of Idaho has purchased land as it prepares to build a $45 million research dairy that will include include a visitor center,  laboratories and classrooms. Full Story

June 2019


6/19/2019 (Agri-View) – Mentors Accelerate Dairy Innovation

Dairy Farmers of America is serving as a mentor to startup companies looking to create dairy-related products. Full Story. 

6/13/2019 (University of California via Feedstuffs) – California dairies experiment with milking robots

California dairies are looking into robot milkers, weighing the benefits of automation against the sizeable investment needed for large herds. Full Story

6/3/2019 (Civil Eats) – Can we grow enough seaweed to help cows fight climate change?

Scientists are looking for ways to grow seaweed at scale in hopes of adding it to cattle feed to reduce methane production. Full Story. 

May 2019


5/29/2019 (DairyBusiness) – DTE Energy and Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy announce renewable natural gas project partnership.

Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy and DTE Energy broke ground in Wisconsin on an underground anaerobic digester which will convert cow manure into renewable natural gas. Full Story.

5/23/2019 (AgUpdate.com) – Heat-stressed dairy cows researched

Cornell University researchers will explore nutrition-based solutions that improve dairy cows’ ability to adapt to extreme heat. Full Story

5/14/2019 (Cornell Chronicle) – Future cartons will track milk from farm to fridge

Cornell University scientists are designing “the milk carton of the future,” which will have precise “best by” dates and reduce food waste. Full Story

5/7/2019 (EurekAlert) – Sensor can detect spoiled milk before opening

Washington State University researchers have developed a sensor that could determine if milk has spoiled. Full Story

April 2019


4/18/2019 (Forbes) – Artificial Intelligence In The Dairy Barn

Irish agtech company Cainthus is using artificial intelligence and in-barn video to manage dairy cows. Full Story

4/11/2019 (Dairy Foods) – 2019 Breakthrough Award goes to California Dairies Inc.

California Dairies Inc.’s milk protein crisps won the Breakthrough Award for Dairy Ingredient Innovation. Full Story

4/8/2019 (FDA.gov) – FDA Advancing Beneficial Animal Biotechnology Product Development

The FDA is introducing a framework for genetic alterations using CRISPR technology, making it clear that “the FDA is not regulating an animal as a drug.” Full Story

4/2/2019 (DairyReporter.com) – DFA announces participants for the 2019 Sprint Accelerator

DFA is co-sponsoring the third annual Sprint Accelerator, in which some entrepreneurial dairy companies will be mentored by DFA experts. Full Story

4/1/2019 (Yahoo! News) – ‘Cow toilets’ in Netherlands aim to cut e-moo-ssions

A Dutch inventor says his “cow toilets” collect cow urine and help cut overall emissions. Full Story

March 2019


3/20/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Cow Water Beds Make for Sweet Dreams and More Milk

The University of Missouri’s Foremost Dairy Research Center studies how water beds improve milk production. Full Story

3/7/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Land O’Lakes brings The Copernicus Project to SXSW

Land O’Lakes will host “The Copernicus Project” at SXSW, giving attendees an inside look at food production systems via interactive exhibits and guest speakers. Full Story

February 2019


2/28/2019 (Forbes) – CRISPR’s Future In Food Depends On Consumers

One of the pioneers of CRISPR says this is a critical year for the gene-editing tool to catch on with consumers.  Full Story

2/20/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Hinchleys go robotic – milking that is

Wisconsin dairy farmers Duane and Tina Hinchley are glad they switched to robotic milkers. Full Story

2/18/2019 (Capital Press) – Dairy research center takes step forward with land purchase

The University of Idaho has received state approval to purchase property for what will become the country’s largest dairy research facility. Full Story

2/7/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) –Milk filters: The unsung hero of successful milking outcomes

The role of the milk filter may deserve more attention than it gets. Full Story

January 2019


1/23/2019 (College of Engineering) – A sweet idea: Converting dairy leftovers into profitable products

University of Wisconsin engineers are looking at ways to repurpose Greek yogurt acid whey. Full Story