Dairy Industry Research

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November 2019

11/19/2019 (DairyGood) – Ice Cream Helps Dairy Farm Put Energy on the Grid

The Vermont dairy farm can power up to 400 homes, in part by using an ice cream plant’s waste water. Full Story

11/13/2019 (the Fence Post) – Colo. dairy farmer leads sustainability conversation at #DairyAmazing Symposium

Colorado dairy farmer Mary Kraft spoke about dairy farming’s sustainability efforts at the fifth annual #DairyAmazing symposium. Full Story

11/11/2019 (Consumer Reports) – How to Extend Food Expiration Dates

Consumer Reports offers tips on keeping foods fresh, including butter, cheese and milk. Full Story

11/6/2019 (Refrigerated and Frozen Foods) – University of Idaho secures $11M investment for nation’s largest research dairy

The University of Idaho secured an additional $11 million to build what is expected to be the country’s largest research dairy. Full Story

11/5/2019 (Forbes) – Blue Ocean Barns Seaweed Supplement Makes Cows Burp Less, Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Blue Ocean Barns, a start-up for a seaweed-based additive for cow feed, recently received funding from a climate tech funder. Full Story

October 2019

10/30/2019 (CNN Business) – This company is using recycled plastic milk bottles to repave roads in South Africa

Plastic milk bottles are being recycled to make roads in South Africa. Full Story

10/29/2019 (DairyReporter.com) – DMI exec talks sustainability strategy after six months on the job

DMI’s Krysta Harden describes how the dairy industry is taking steps to better tell farming’s sustainability story. Full Story

10/29/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – USDA Abruptly Halts Animal ID Plan

USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service announced it has suspended its plan to phase-in the use of electronic ID (RFID) tags for cattle and bison. Full Story

10/28/2019 (Mother Jones) – The Answer to Climate-Killing Cow Farts May Come From the Sea

Researchers are investigating the possible methane-reducing effects of adding seaweed to cow feed. Full Story

10/24/2019 (MILK Business) – Increased Cow Efficiency Leads to Stunning Decrease in Resource Utilization

An increase in milk production per cow over the past decade has led to a reduction in the amount of feed needed to produce that milk and less GHG. Full Story

10/23/2019 (Reuters) – Manure, trash and wastewater: U.S. utilities get dirty in climate fight

Reuters explores how dairy farms are a source of renewable natural gas. Full Story

10/18/2019 (NPR’s The Salt) – Most U.S. Dairy Cows Are Descended From Just 2 Bulls. That’s Not Good

A Penn State University geneticist says most U.S. dairy cows are descendants of just two bulls. Full Story

10/15/2019 (California Dairy Magazine) – Genome-Edited Bull Passes on Hornless Trait to Calves

University of California-Davis researchers report that a genome-edited bull passed a hornless trait to six healthy calves. Full Story

10/8/2019 (Capital Press) – MONEY FROM MANURE

Threemile Canyon Farms in Oregon is using an anaerobic digester to capture and purify methane so it can be injected into a nearby pipeline as renewable natural gas. Full Story

10/7/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Haters and Trolls Beware: Farmer Social Media is Here to Stay

DMI’s Don Schindler works with the Animal Ag Alliance’s College Aggies Online program to build farming’s social media presence. Full Story

10/4/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – The Main Reason to Choose Robots? “Labor, Labor, Labor”

Robotic milking can make dramatic differences to a farm’s labor demands, say experts interviewed by Dairy Herd Management. Full Story

10/3/2019 (Forbes) – This Oregon Farm Makes Everything From Vodka To Single Cow Cheese

Oregon’s TMK Creamery is profiled for their innovative food products, including a whey-based vodka and a single cow cheese. Full Story

10/2/2019 (Dairy Foods) – Idaho Milk Products celebrates Jerome expansion with ribbon-cutting event

Idaho Milk Products completed construction of a $30 million facility that will allow it to process an additional one million pounds of milk each day. Full Story

September 2019

9/26/2019 (Purdue University) – Want to keep a cow happy? AI, robotics could hold the answer

A Purdue University professor is working on miniature digestible robots to better monitor cow health. Full Story

9/25/2019 (CNN) – Which drink is best for hydration? Hint: It isn’t water

A study from Scotland’s St. Andrews University that compared the hydration responses of several drinks found milk to be an ideal option because of its nutrient composition. Full Story

9/24/2019 (Feedstuffs) – California awards nearly $102m for dairy methane reduction projects

The California Department of Food & Agriculture has awarded more than $100 million for dairy methane reduction projects. Full Story

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

9/19/2019 (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