National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

November 2019

11/19/2019 (VICE) – The Dairy Farmer Who Wants to Make Milk for Vegans

A New York dairy farmer claims his plans to raise his cows to create “ethical milk” will win over vegans. Full Story

11/18/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – USDA To Begin Issuing Round Two of 2019 MFP Next Week

USDA will begin issuing the second round of Market Facilitation Payments this week. Full Story

11/15/2019 (Dairy Business Dairy Voice) – Former USDA Secretary of Agriculture and head of the U.S. Dairy Export Council Tom Vilsack speaks about the state of U.S. exports

USDEC CEO and President Tom Vilsack says despite trade challenges, he is optimistic about the future of U.S. dairy exports and the “Next 5%” plan. Full Story

11/14/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Hey farmers — is TikTok for you?

DMI’s Don Schindler suggests TikTok could be a good platform for farmers to tell dairy’s story. Full Story

11/14/2019 (‘Learning Farms’ Support Dairy’s Carbon Reduction Efforts

NDC’s Katie Brown said Newtrient and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy are creating a network of “learning farms” to demonstrate best management practices the industry can use to reach its goal of being carbon neutral. Full Story

11/13/2019 (U.S. Dairy Export Council) – U.S. dairy farmers praise the power of collaboration in Mexico

DMI board members have returned from a USDEC-sponsored trip to Mexico to learn more about the top market for U.S. dairy exports Full Story

11/12/2019 (The Wall Street Journal) – The People Left Behind in a Broadband World

While the number is decreasing, more than 20 million Americans are still without access to broadband access, which makes rural living particularly difficult. Full Story

11/12/2019 (The Washington Post) – ‘I’m gonna lose everything’

The Washington Post looks at increased attention to farmland suicides through the eyes of a South Dakota family that lost their father. Full Story

11/11/2019 (Progressive Dairy) – Protecting consumer confidence core of checkoff-led food safety efforts 

DMI’s Tim Stubbs shares how checkoff-led efforts are staying ahead of food safety challenges to maintain consumer confidence in dairy. Full Story

11/8/2019 (Dairy Foods) – 2019 State of the Industry report: Cheese has a favorable deck

Innovative new products should help cheese continue its winning streak with consumers. Full Story

11/8/2019 ( – Got too much milk?

Like much of the rest of the country, Idaho dairy farmers are struggling with supply issues, pricing, and trade wars, but several see hope for the future. Full Story

11/7/2019 (U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog) – U.S. dairy exports rebound in September

Led by nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder, U.S. dairy exports in September were above year-ago levels for the first time since last October. Full Story

11/7/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Dairying looking up

Wisconsin State Farmer says “dairying is looking up,” citing innovations such as DMI’s work on McDonald’s newly-reformulated chocolate milk as a positive step. Full Story


Dairy farmer and NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney says dairy farmers need to stick together and focus on innovation to help see the industry through tough times. Full Story

11/6/2019 (Bloomberg) – Milk Revival Boosts Battered Farmers in Key States for Trump

Rebounding milk prices are a welcome relief to dairy farmers in swing states like Minnesota and Wisconsin. Full Story

11/5/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – FARM Program Updates Animal Care Requirements

The National Dairy FARM Program recently explained how it strengthened cow care standards in its June update. Full Story

11/4/2019 (Progressive Dairy) – No September DMC indemnity payments as margin jumps

September marks the second straight month of no DMC payments due to improved margins between feed costs and milk prices. Full Story

11/1/2019 (Dairy Market Report) – Dairy Market Report Volume 22, Number 10

Farmers are seeing their highest prices in five years in the latter months of 2019. Full Story

11/1/2019 (NPR) – How California’s Blackouts Are Affecting The State’s Dairy Farmers

California dairy farmer Cody Nicholson Stratton talks with NPR about the challenges he faces when blackouts occur as part of the effort to contain wildfires. Full Story

October 2019

10/31/2019 (MILK Business) – Class III Breaks $20 On Wednesday

Class III milk reached $20 for the first time since 2014. Full Story

10/30/2019 (Dairy Foods) – Industrywide food safety initiative now available for small and artisanal ice cream companies

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has food safety resources available for small and artisanal ice cream makers. Full Story

10/29/2019 (The Seattle Times) – Wall Street spends millions to buy up Washington state water

Wall Street is spending millions to buy water rights in Washington, leaving farmers and policy makers concerned. Full Story

10/28/2019 (Wisconsin Public Radio) – Wisconsin Dairy Economists Say 2020 Will Be ‘Restorative’ Year For Industry

Two Wisconsin dairy economists predict that 2020 will be a “restorative” year for the industry. Full Story

10/28/2019 (Agri-View) – Milk prices slowly recovering

Ag economist Mark Stephenson says “we’re in a full-blown recovery of milk prices,” which could see an additional $1/cwt next year. Full Story

10/25/2019 (Bloomberg) – U.S. Farm Sales to China May Hit Pre-Trade War Level by Election

Farmers may return to pre-trade-war levels of sales to China in time for the presidential election year. Full Story

10/24/2019 (Dairy Business) – Harden to Lead Dairy’s Environmental Efforts

Krysta Harden, Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy for DMI, says, “Dairy producers are the most resilient group of people I’ve ever known.” Full Story

10/23/2019 (AG Web) – Syngenta to Dedicate $2 Billion to Fighting Climate Change

Syngenta will invest $2 billion in technologies that will help farmers deal with climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Full Story

10/23/2019 (USDA) – USDA Appoints Members to National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of 12 members to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, who will serve November 1, 2019, through October 31, 2022. Full Story

10/22/2019 (Progressive Dairy) – Major dairy state cow numbers indicate trend reversal

September 2019 U.S. milk production grew by about 1.3 percent compared to September 2018, ending an 11-month streak in which monthly year-over-year growth was less than 1 percent. Full Story


Signups are underway for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program and NMPF provides an overview of factors that farmers should consider before enrolling. Full Story

10/18/2019 (DairyVoice) – Tom Gallagher of DMI speaks about animal rights activist activity, the strength of U.S. dairy, lab-created dairy proteins, and the “2030 Plan”.

DMI CEO Tom Gallagher addresses a range of checkoff and industry-related topics in the DairyVoice podcast. Full Story

10/18/2019 (Dairy Foods) – Creating the next generation of cheeses

“Cheese Doctor” John Lucey says food science, nutritional value, and a low lactose profile could lead to a brighter future for cheese. Full Story

10/17/2019 (Dairy Foods) – USDEC board elects Texas dairy farmer Larry Hancock as chair

Texas dairy farmer Larry Hancock was elected chair of the USDEC board of directors, replacing the retiring Paul Rovey. Full Story

10/16/2019 (Drovers) – Mitloehner To Receive CAST Award

Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality expert at University of California Davis, received the 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award today at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines; the honor was announced earlier this year. Full Story

10/16/2019 (AG Daily) – Perspective: Agriculture needs more unity amid media spin

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte says farmers need to unite and support one another in the face of divisive headlines. Full Story

10/15/2019 (WFRV) – Celebrating National Farmer’s Day

Wisconsin dairy farmers were among those celebrating this past weekend’s National Farmers Day. Full Story

10/14/2019 (The Farmer) – Checkoffs worth investment

Minnesota dairy farmer Charles Krause shared with The Farmer that recent media coverage about the checkoff does not accurately reflect the scope of DMI and how its operations are managed. Full Story

10/11/2019 (FarmProgress) – 10 places U.S. dairy exports could flourish

USDEC CEO Tom Vilsack lists 10 countries that are prime dairy export targets. Full Story

10/11/2019 (Office of the United States Trade Representative) – FACT SHEET on Provisions of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Dairy Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a fact sheet on the provisions of the U.S.-Japan trade agreement relative to dairy. Full Story

10/10/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – National Dairy Board Scholarship Award Winners Announced

The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board awarded scholarships to 12 students who have shown potential to become industry leaders. Full Story

10/9/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Value of U.S. Dairy Exports Reach Five-Year High

While August export volumes were down compared to a year ago, the value of all exports in 2019 is higher than it was in 2018. Full Story

10/9/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Is Dairy Market Poised for ‘Bull Run?’

An analyst says dairy markets may be poised for good news this fall and into 2020, pointing to factors such as flat production, lower herd numbers and increased demand for animal protein in the wake of African swine fever in Southeast Asia. Full Story

10/8/2019 ( – Dairy Farmers Eligible for Weather Disaster Payments on Dumped Milk

Farmers who were forced to dump milk because of recent severe weather are eligible for compensation through USDA’s Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity and Milk Loss program. Full Story

10/7/2019 (Feedstuffs) – Perdue addresses question of consolidation in dairy industry

Feedstuffs provides a recording of comments made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding small dairy farms. Full Story

10/4/2019 (Dairy Foods) – Turkey Hill Dairy lending support to local dairy farmers

Ice cream brand Turkey Hill Dairy joined Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to fund dairy farmer conservation efforts. Full Story

10/4/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – World Dairy Expo Creates a Social Media Explosion

Dairy Herd Management highlights some of the top social media posts from this year’s Expo. Full Story

10/3/2019 (National Milk Producers Federation) – DMC PAYMENTS TOP $300 MILLION AS SIGNUPS, AID EXCEED PREVIOUS PROGRAM

More than 22,000 farmers received more than $300 million in the first year of the program, according to NMPF. Full Story

10/3/2019 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Trump’s ag secretary ‘put a pox’ on state’s signature industry

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers criticized Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue for putting a “pox on small farming.” Full Story

10/2/2019 (Associated Press) – Trump farm secretary: No guarantee small farms will survive

Ag secretary Sonny Perdue says it is increasingly difficult for smaller dairy farms to survive. Full Story

10/1/2019 (Food Dive) – How should FDA modernize food standards of identity?

The FDA is analyzing comments from a Friday public hearing on the agency’s efforts to modernize its rules. Full Story

September 2019

9/30/2019 (WMTV Madison) – World Dairy Expo brings people across the globe to Madison

The 53rd annual World Dairy Expo kicks off in Madison, Wisconsin, tomorrow. Full Story

9/27/2019 (AGDAILY) – Is social media influence a game?

DMI’s Don Schindler shares the benefits of turning social media influence into a game. Full Story

9/27/2019 (Dairy Foods) – Yin Rani named CEO of Milk Processor Education Program

MilkPEP has named Yin Rani, formerly the chief consumer experience officer for The Campbell Soup Company, as its new CEO. Full Story

9/23/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Farm Wages Up More Than Those in the City

USDA says farm wages have grown faster than salaries for people with non-farm jobs the last five years. Full Story

9/20/2019 (UPI) – Growing number of dairy farmers want U.S. to regulate milk supply

Overproduction of milk is leading some farmers to ask the government to regulate supply. Full Story

9/20/2019 (NMPF) – NMPF Urges Dairy Farmers To Take Advantage Of Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Extension

The USDA extended the deadline for farmers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program to Sept. 27. Full Story

9/19/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – World Dairy Expo Launches On-Site App

Organizers of the annual event launched an app. Full Story

9/17/2019 (Progressive Dairy) – Last call: 2019 DMC enrollment deadline is Friday

NMPF is urging dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage program by Friday’s deadline. Full Story

9/16/2019 (Dairy Business)Cows and Climate: New Series on YouTube

UC Davis professor Dr. Frank Mitloehner shares his views in a “Cows and Climate” series produced by Dairy Cares. Full Story

9/13/2019 (Progressive Dairy) – USDA sees milk price moving closer to $19 next year

Food scientist Donna Berry says dairy foods marketing should emphasize simplicity, taste and protein content. Full Story

9/11/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – DMI Executive Defends Salary Scrutiny

CEO Tom Gallagher explains DMI’s executive salaries, saying the checkoff has been “incredibly effective” at being the farmer’s voice in the marketplace. Full Story

9/10/2019 (Morning Ag Clips) – Resources available for farmers hurt by disasters

Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply to USDA’s $3 billion Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus. Full Story

9/10/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Nomination Period Open for 9th Annual U.S. Sustainability Awards

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is accepting nominations for the ninth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. Full Story

9/9/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Animal welfare relevant for restaurants, too

A Hoard’s Dairyman op-ed says restaurant chains, including those the checkoff works with, can grow sales with visually appealing animal care marketing campaigns. Full Story

9/9/2019 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – Keeping dairy in Pa.: Fayette County farmer’s dreams of diversifying hinge on internet connection

A Pennsylvania dairy farmer epitomizes why strong broadband access is important to the future of dairy farming. Full Story

9/5/2019 ( – Promised Land Dairy and Dallas Cowboys Star Jason Witten Score Partnership

Dallas Cowboys star Jason Witten has launched a partnership with Promised Land Dairy and will be the face of its Midnight Chocolate Milk in a national campaign. Full Story

9/4/2019 (Agri-View) – Dairy leader encourages peers to ‘lean in’

Dairy Girl Network founder Laura Daniels says she is optimistic for the future of women in agriculture. Full Story

9/4/2019 (News 5 Cleveland) – Ohio Department of Agriculture creates #gotyourback campaign to address mental health among farmers

The Ohio Department of Agriculture created the #gotyourback campaign to provide resources for farmers battling mental health challenges. Full Story

9/3/2019 (NBC News) – Widow of American farmer is trying to erase the stigma of mental health in the heartland

Wisconsin farmers are teaming up to provide support for colleagues who need help. Full Story.

August 2019

8/30/2019 (WorkTruck) – Cow Power by the Numbers

Converting cow manure to natural gas has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to commercial truck magazine. Full Story

8/30/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Film Features First-Time Farmers Tackling Dairy Farming

PBS will premiere the documentary “Farmsteaders” this weekend. Full Story

8/29/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – How Many Dairy Products Does Your State Export?

USDEC has created materials to show the economic impact of dairy exports on each state. Full Story

8/28/2019 (AGDaily) – Don’t let dairy farming get lost amid the media noise

Pennsylvania dairy farmer Tiffany Hess explains why it’s important for farmers to tell their story in social media. Full Story

8/27/2019 ( – Are Idaho and Texas the future of US dairy?

Between 2008-18, Texas and Idaho had the largest growth of large dairies behind traditional dairy states such as California, Michigan and Wisconsin. Full Story

8/26/2019 (Mid Hudson News) – Delgado’s Family Farmer Relief Act signed into law

President Trump signed the bipartisan Family Farmer Relief Act into law that would ease the process of reorganizing debt through Chapter 12 bankruptcy rules. Full Story

8/23/2019 (CNET) – Drones on the farm: Using facial recognition to keep cows healthy

Automated drones and facial-recognition technology may help monitor a herd’s health. Full Story

8/23/2019 ( – Fluid Milk Is Cool Again

A Rabobank analyst said there is “low hanging fruit” for milk companies that are willing to innovate and reinvest. Full Story

8/22/2019 (PR Newswire)Borden Dairy Launches New Kid Builder Product Just in Time for Back to School

Borden launched Kid Builder milk, a 2-percent, no-sugar-added product geared for children that has 50 percent more protein and calcium than regular milk. Full Story

8/22/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – This Dairy Manages The Three Legged Stool Of Sustainability

John Maxwell, a recent Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy sustainability award winner, is profiled by Dairy Herd Management. Full Story

8/21/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Dairy farmers and baseball – they have more in common than you might think

Wisconsin dairy farmer Ryan Elbe and his family swapped places with the Milwaukee Brewers’ grounds crew to highlight similarities they share. Full Story

8/20/2019 (Associated Press) – Elanco becomes 2nd largest animal health co after $7.6B deal

Elanco will become the world’s second-largest animal health care company after agreeing to buy Bayer AG’s veterinary medicines business. Full Story

8/20/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Nearly 17,000 dairy farms enrolled in Dairy Margin Coverage program

USDA says 17,000 farmers have signed up for the program. Full Story

8/19/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Livestock Manure: Let’s Use it To Transform America’s Energy System

A climate change author says livestock manure could go a long way to reduce reliance on fossil fuel use and fracking. Full Story

8/16/2019 (Food Safety Magazine) – Food Safety Matters Ep. 54. Live from IAFP 2019

DMI’s Tim Stubbs shares highlights from the recent International Association for Food Protection annual meeting and listeria research work led by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. His interview begins at 36:32 in the podcast. Full Story

8/15/2019 (Los Angeles Times) – Turning rotten food and poop into energy: Investors smell an opportunity

The Los Angeles Times examines how more investors are seeing opportunities in the waste-to-energy market, which includes the growth of anaerobic digesters on farms. Full Story

8/14/2019 (AGDAILY) – What happens on the farm shouldn’t stay on the farm

What’s the secret to being “internet famous?” DMI’s Don Schindler says it’s the ability to have a sense of humor in telling your dairy story. Full Story

8/14/2019 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) – Milk price improvement, a chance to move forward

A University of Wisconsin report shows the dairy industry contributed $45.6 billion in economic activity in 2017, up 6 percent from five years earlier despite the loss of several thousand farms. Full Story

8/13/2019 (Progressive Dairy) – Milk price outlook improves on further production cuts

The USDA’s milk production forecasts for 2019 and 2020 have been reduced, leading to a slight increase in price projections for 2019. Full Story

8/13/2019 (USDA) – Report: Farmers Prevented from Planting Crops on More than 19 Million Acres

Farmers were unable to plant crops on more than 19 million acres because of heavy rain and flooding in 2019, according to a USDA report. Full Story

8/12/2019 (CNBC) – China’s surging food prices won’t weaken its hand in the trade war, economists say

Food prices in China jumped 9.1 percent from a year ago in July, but this isn’t expected to have ramifications on reaching a trade deal with the U.S. Full Story

8/12/2019 (Farm Progress) – Panel discusses sustainability in livestock production

DMI’s Krysta Harden moderated a panel about farmers’ commitment to sustainability practices at last month’s Dairy Experience Forum. Full Story

8/9/2019 (POLITICO) – How the 2020 Democrats would overhaul farm policy

More Democratic presidential candidates are sharing their farm policy plans. Full Story

8/9/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Going Vegan Has Half Climate Change Impact of One Transatlantic Flight

UC Davis’ Frank Mitloehner says the report did not tell people to eat less meat but to focus on land use, and US agriculture is an example of how to improve the impact of climate change. Full Story

8/8/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Farmers urge U.S. reps, ag secretary to fix trade agreements — fast

Ag secretary Sonny Perdue and Minnesota congresspeople heard from state farmers who called for quick resolution to trade issues. Full Story

8/8/2019 (Capital Press) – Impact of trade war’s escalation unclear

Ag experts are still trying to forecast the fallout from China’s announcement to stop accepting U.S. agricultural products. Full Story

8/7/2019 (CNBC) – Trump promises more aid for farmers in 2020 ‘if necessary’ as China trade war drags on

President Trump suggested the U.S. would provide more aid to farmers “next year if necessary.” Full Story

8/7/2019 (Vermont Public Radio) – Price Forecast Provides Glimmer Of Good News For Dairy Farmers

An Agri-Mark economist believes milk prices will tick up to about $19/cwt next year, thanks to steady production numbers. Full Story

8/6/2019 (Country Today) – Class III milk price hits highest point since 2014

Class III milk prices hit their highest point since 2014. Full Story

8/6/2019 (Consortium for Common Food Names) – CCFN, U.S. Dairy Industry and Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Sign Historic Agreement

USDEC and international groups came to terms on what can be called “mozzarella,” and signed an agreement which could be a springboard for naming rights of foods based on geography. Full Story

8/5/2019 ( – Say cheese: US exports to China to double by 2024 amid shifting consumer trends

Despite trade concerns, USDEC predicts China will double its cheese imports between now and 2024. Full Story

8/5/2019 (The Economic Times) – Dairy imports from US could be allowed after certification from veterinary officials

India may accept American dairy imports if the U.S. can guarantee against violating religious taboos. Full Story

8/2/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – The One Bright Spot in Fluid Milk Sales

While fluid milk sales dropped between 2013-2017, the milk-fat content of those sales has increased due to a resurgence in whole milk. Full Story

8/2/2019 (Bloomberg) – China Vows to Counter Trump’s Tariff Threat Escalating Trade War

After President Trump threatened new tariffs on Chinese imports, China said it would “take necessary countermeasures.” Full Story

8/1/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Dairy Has Hopes For Trade Deal With Japan

Trade talks between the U.S. and Japan could result in good news for dairy producers. Full Story

8/1/2019 (New Hampshire Union Leader) – Got milk? New bill hopes to boost milk sales for NH dairy farmers

New Hampshire’s governor is poised to sign the NH Dairy Premium Bill next week that will allow people to show their support of local dairy farmers by buying specially labeled milk for an extra 50 cents per gallon. Full Story