National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

May 2019

5/20/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Undeniably Dairy Shifts Focus to Addressing Hunger

DMI’s Beth Engelmann shares how Undeniably Dairy is shifting its focus toward hunger issues. Full Story

5/20/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Give the gift of dairy on #WorldMilkDay

Bring awareness to childhood hunger and how milk can nourish everyone in the community this National Dairy Month. Full Story

5/16/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – NMPF Asks For Tariffs On EU Dairy Shipments

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern testified before the U.S. Trade Representative, asking for tariffs on European dairy products. Full Story

5/16/2019 (Forbes) – This Sustainable Technology Could Save America’s Dairy Farms

Forbes says digesters could “save America’s dairy farms” by mitigating environmental impacts and winning over millennials. Full Story

5/15/2019 (Associated Press) – GOP scrambles to ease blow from Trump’s trade war

Senators are working on a trade-related relief package for farmers after President Trump said as much as $15 billion would be made available. Full Story

5/15/2019 (Agri-Pulse) – A Letter From American Farm Bureau Federation’s Zippy Duvall

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to President Trump, saying farmers may not plant crops because there’s not a market for them. Full Story

5/14/2019 (Reuters) – California jury hits Bayer with $2 billion award in Roundup cancer trial

A California jury awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s Roundup caused their cancer. Full Story

5/14/2019 (Reuters) – U.S. agriculture secretary urges Japan to reach trade deal

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urged Japan to move swiftly to clinch a trade deal on farm products and other goods. Full Story

5/13/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – WASDE Forecasts All Milk Price Over $18

The latest USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate predicts an all-milk price for 2019 at $18.05. Full Story

5/13/2019 (Reuters) – U.S. plans more aid for farmers amid China trade spat

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Trump asked him to create a plan to help farmers impacted by the U.S.-China trade war. Full Story

5/9/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Sustainability Award Winners Announced

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced the winners of the eighth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. Full Story

5/9/2019 (Morning Ag Clips) – Dairy producers seek funds for methane reduction

A record number of California farmers are asking for state funds to implement manure management programs to reduce methane emissions. Full Story

5/8/2019 (Bloomberg) – Dean Says It’s Turning the Corner With Dairy Drain Set to End

Despite a drop in first quarter sales, Dean Foods stock has improved by nearly 10 percent since Friday as CEO Ralph Scozzafava says, “we believe we have passed the inflection point.” Full Story

5/7/2019 (The Takeout) – No one knows what “local” food means

While a study shows consumers find it important to eat locally-produced foods, the definition of “local” can run all over the map. Full Story

5/7/2019 (Agri-Pulse) – A Letter from U.S. Food and Agriculture Associations and Companies

Sixty-seven food and agriculture organizations and companies, including NMPF and IDFA, sent a letter to every congressional office appealing for approval of USMCA. Full Story

5/6/2019 (CNBC) – Trump says tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase to 25%, blames slow progress in trade talks

President Trump says tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase to 25 percent on Friday, as trade talks are moving “too slowly. Full Story

5/6/2019 (Des Moines Register) – Elizabeth Warren interrupted by protesters in Iowa who said she’s ‘selling out to big dairy’

Two Direct Action Everywhere activists interrupted an Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign stop, saying she had sold out to “big dairy.” Full Story

5/2/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Dairy Margins Set To Improve

An economist says signs are pointing to improved margins in dairy. Full Story

5/2/2019 (Associated Press)Grassley says Trump must lift tariffs or risk trade failures

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) says Congress won’t consider USMCA until President Trump lifts tariffs that have prompted other countries to take actions that have hurt U.S. farmers. Full Story

5/1/2019 (NMPF) – NMPF Applauds House Subcommittee For Putting Dairy First; DMC Decision Tool Now Online

NMPF applauds House subcommittee for putting dairy first. Full Story

5/1/2019 (USDA) – USDA Announces New Decision Tool for New Dairy Margin Coverage Program

USDA announced a tool to help dairy farmers evaluate coverage through the DMC. Full Story

April 2019

4/30/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – DMI Names Harden to Lead Global Environmental Strategy

DMI hired former USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to lead its global environmental strategy. Full Story

4/30/2019 (FarmProgress) – USDA extends Market Facilitation Program deadline

USDA extended the deadline for MFP applications to May 17. Full Story

4/29/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – U.S. Rejects EU Attempt To Control Cheese Names

The U.S. Trade Representative says it rejects the EU’s policies to block common cheese names like fontina, gorgonzola and feta. Full Story

4/29/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – Dairy’s Take On EAT-Lancet Report

NDC’s Dr. Greg Miller is among the scientists frustrated with the sustainability and nutritional claims made by the recent report. Full Story

4/25/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – 2019 could be year of recovery for dairy industry

UW-Madison experts are optimistic the dairy industry may be showing signs of recovery because of factors such as decreased production. Full Story

4/24/2019 (WebWire News Release) – USDA Launches Ace the Waste! Food Waste Contest for Students

USDA is launching a contest for students to generate ideas for food-waste reduction. Full Story

4/24/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Fair Oaks Takes Proactive Approach to Activist Video

Fair Oaks owner Mike McCloskey shares advice on how farmers can avoid being the target of undercover activist videos. Full Story

4/23/2019 (DairyBusiness) – (12 Photos) U.S. Ambassador Sends Goodwill Message to China’s Food Industry at Conference, USDEC Reception

At USDEC’s request, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad spoke to a Chinese agricultural association in Beijing this week. Full Story

4/23/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – March U.S. Milk Production Falls 0.4%

U.S. milk production was down 0.4 percent in March, the first decline since February 2017. Full Story

4/22/2019 (USA TODAY) – Earth Day for a dairy farmer: Thinking decades down the line

In honor of Earth Day, USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack authors a column touting the many ways dairy farmers care for the environment. Full Story

4/22/2019 ( – Can whole milk make a comeback?

“Can whole milk make a comeback?” NDC’s Dr. Greg Miller shares how the tide seems to be turning on whole-fat dairy. Full Story

4/18/2019 (Associated Press) – Japan reports exports, trade surplus slid in March

U.S.-Japan trade talks are expected to start soon, though Japan says it will not make any agricultural deals better than it did in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Full Story

4/18/2019 (AGDAILY) – Is your farm on Facebook without you?

DMI’s Don Schindler explains how dairy farms could unknowingly have a Facebook Page. Full Story

4/17/2019 (Capital Press) – Census points to contraction in U.S. dairy farms

The number of dairy cows in the US continues to increase with milk production, but the number of dairy farms drops. Full Story

4/17/2019 (Spectrum News) – Senator Schumer: Help Is Coming For Struggling Dairy Farmers

A group of dairy farmers meet with Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss programs and relief for farmers. Full Story

4/16/2019 (Reuters) – EU says it is ready to launch U.S. trade talks, but without agriculture

The European Union said agriculture will not be part of trade negotiations, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said a deal that excluded agriculture would be “unlikely” to win approval in Congress. Full Story

4/16/2019 ( – Dean Foods Stock Gains on Report of a Possible Saputo Purchase

Dean Foods’ stock jumped on Monday following rumors that Canada’s Saputo may be looking to purchase the processor. Full Story

4/15/2019 (Reuters) – Ready when you are, EU tells U.S. on trade talks

The EU is ready to start trade talks with the U.S. and is optimistic a deal could be worked out before year’s end. Full Story

4/11/2019 (AGDAILY) – USDA releases 2017 Census of Agriculture data

USDA will release its 2017 Census of Agriculture today, showing new information on food marketing practices and on-farm decision making. Full Story

4/11/2019 (AgDay TV) – Can Better Milk Price Momentum Continue?

University of Missouri economist Scott Brown shares reasons to be optimistic about milk prices, including positive movements in the international marketplace. Full Story

4/10/2019 ( Associated Press) – Dairy safety net program expected in June

The new insurance program defined by the 2018 farm bill should be implemented in June. Full Story

4/10/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy’s Top 10 Job-Generating States

Dairy Herd Management created infographics showing dairy’s top 10 job-generating states and its contributions to the economy. Full Story

4/9/2019 (Hagstrom Report) – Canadian ambassador: Without USMCA, dairy classes stay in place

The Canadian dairy classes and other regulations that American farmers objected to will remain in place until USMCA is finalized. Full Story

4/9/2019 (Country Today) – Class III milk on trajectory for improvement

The base price for Class III milk in March is $15.04 per hundredweight, up $1.15 from February. Full Story

4/8/2019 (NMPF CEO’s Corner) – The Fake Dairy Issue Isn’t Going Away. Neither Are We.

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern says a changing of the guard at the FDA doesn’t diminish the industry’s fight against fake milk. Full Story

4/8/2019 (Agweek) – The sad story of dairy’s decline: Problem is obvious, solutions are not

Agweek’s editorial board says the dairy industry’s “problem is obvious, solutions are not.” Full Story

4/4/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Research helps dairies reduce nitrogen, save money

Cornell researchers say they’ve found a way to alter cow feed to improve milk production while reducing the nitrogen output in manure. Full Story 

4/4/2019 ( – Create Your H-2A Visa Checklist

The USDA unveiled a website with checklists and guidance to help farmers start the H-2A visa application process. Full Story

4/3/2019 (Bloomberg) – U.S.-Mexico Border Closing Would Shut Carmakers and Cripple Farm Goods

The threatened closure of the U.S.-Mexico border would mean “U.S. auto production would grind to a halt in a week, while pork producers and dairy farmers would be shut out of their largest export market.” Full Story

4/3/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Dairy Check Off Programs Show $4.78 To $1 Return

The USDA says in 2016, dairy checkoff programs returned a value of $4.78 for every dollar invested. Full Story

4/2/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: Partnerships bring potential for U.S. dairy in international marketplace

DMI’s Amy Wagner describes how the checkoff’s work to get dairy on domestic menu items has opened the door to international opportunities. Full Story

4/2/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Proposal to close Mexican border a threat to struggling U.S. dairy industry

USDEC and NMPF say closing the Mexican border would “wreak havoc” in the dairy industry. Full Story

4/1/2019 (Associated Press) – Farmers, banker, researcher explain economics of milking cows

Associated Press talks with dairy farmers, an economist and a banker to explore the financial challenges in dairy farming. Full Story

4/1/2019 (Reuters) – Exclusive: More than 1 million acres of U.S. cropland ravaged by floods

Last month’s “bomb cyclone” put more than 1 million acres of farmland underwater. Full Story

March 2019

3/28/2019 (WILL Urbana) – A Surplus Of Meat And Dairy Puts A Strain On U.S. Markets And Storage

Facilities that store the country’s excess dairy and meat are 86 percent full. Full Story

3/27/2019 (CNBC) –  Congress considers bankruptcy reform to help struggling family farmers

Congress may take a second look at Chapter 12 bankruptcy reform to better help farmers work out from their debts. Full Story 

3/27/2019 (Diplomatic Courier) – The Beef on Animal Agriculture that’s Mostly Bull

Dr. Taylor Wallace says animal agriculture helps make the world more sustainable, despite what reports such as EAT-Lancet proclaim. Full Story

3/26/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Why The Dairy Checkoff Focuses On School Nutrition

Midwest Dairy CEO Lucas Lentsch says dairy’s relationship with schools is crucial to build future consumer demand. Full Story

3/26/2019 (Dairy Foods) – It’s milk’s time to shine with kids

Fuel Up to Play 60 is teaming with MilkPEP on the Time to Milk It! campaign that aims to build milk’s presence in schools. Full Story

3/25/2019 (USA TODAY) – Soda taxes, ad limits, better labels: Doctors want to limit sugary drinks for kids, teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are calling for taxes on sodas and energy drinks, recommending milk and water should be the default beverages on children’s menus and in vending machines. Full Story

3/25/2019 (Food Dive) – How a2 Milk plans to revitalize the slumping dairy category

Blake Waltrip, the U.S. CEO of The a2 Milk Company, says his company is set to revitalize the dairy category. Full Story

3/21/2019 ( – Flooding to Continue Into Next Week

The National Weather Service says flooding will continue for at least the next week as rain and melted snow make their way south into Missouri, Kansas and Mississippi. Full Story

3/21/2019 ( – U.S. livestock called at risk for foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report concludes the U.S. is woefully unprepared to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Full Story

3/20/2019 (Cornell Chronicle) – Cornell model helps dairy farms reduce nitrogen, save money

Updates and improvements to a Cornell University dairy nutrition model will help farmers determine what to feed cows to make production more efficient and environmentally friendly. Full Story

3/20/2019 ( – Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas on new steps to strengthen FDA’s food safety program for 2020 and beyond

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas released a statement on strengthening FDA’s food safety program for 2020 and beyond. Full Story

3/19/2019 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – USDA celebrates National Ag Day with new youth website

The ag department launched a new website aimed at connecting kids with resources to “engage, empower and educate the next generation of agricultural leaders.” Full Story

3/19/2019 (Successful Farming) – In A Generation, Mega-Farms Will Dominate ‘Production’ Ag, Analyst Predicts

An Aimpoint Research executive predicts much larger farms will generate most of the country’s agriculture in 20 years, nearly wiping out mid-sized farms. Full Story

3/18/2019 (DairyBusiness) – Navigating Changing Consumer Expectations Around Nutrition

National Dairy Council President Jean Ragalie-Carr says National Nutrition Month is a time to be reminded how the idea of “nutrition and health” is evolving among today’s consumers. Full Story

3/18/2019 (Agri-Pulse) – Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has introduced the “Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act” that would require USDA to collect data on glyphosate residues in produce and other foods. Full Story

3/14/2019 (Food Dive) – USDA launches campaign to simplify nutrition planning

USDA launched “Start Simple with MyPlate,” a campaign to help consumers make healthier eating choices. Full Story

3/14/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Which State Lost the Most Dairies in 2018?

Farm Journal’s MILK looks at which states lost the most dairy farms in 2018. Full Story

3/13/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – USDA Releases Total 2018 & January Milk Production

Despite the drop in the number of farms, USDA says milk production was up last year. Full Story

3/13/2019 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Report: Milk Price Projections Climb; Exports Reach Records

The World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) has raised the all milk price forecast from an average of $17.00 to $17.60 per hundredweight. Full Story

3/12/2019 (Federal Register) – Announcement of First Meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Request for Comments

The USDA and HHS announced the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Committee as it opened the public comment period. Full Story

3/12/2019 (Progressive Dairyman) – Weekly Digest: USDA amends Class I skim milk price formula 

A change to how the USDA calculates Class I skim milk price takes effect May 1. Full Story

3/11/2019 (Dairy Foods) – The milk category is ripe for innovation

DMI’s Paul Ziemnisky shared how the checkoff is investing to drive growth in milk-based beverages during IDFA’s Dairy Forum. Full Story

3/11/2019 (St. Albans Messenger) – No support for supply management, says USDA Secretary

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says it’s unlikely the U.S. would adopt a nationwide supply management program. Full Story

3/7/2019 (U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog) – 2018 Sets Record Year for U.S. Dairy Exports, Reaching Nearly 16% of Milk Solids Production

U.S. dairy exports reached a record-high volume in 2018, increasing 9 percent over the prior yearFull Story

3/7/2019 (Agri-Pulse) – USDA: Farm earnings to rise 10 percent in 2019

The USDA is forecasting net farm income should increase by about 10 percent in 2019. Full Story

3/6/2019 ( – Gottlieb resigns from FDA, dairy projects in the balance

Gottlieb championed an update to labeling rules, which drew praise from dairy organizations. Full Story

3/6/2019 (AgWeb) – From Farting Cows to More Beans; Anti-Livestock Claims Fall Short

UC Davis’ Dr. Frank Mitloehner says farmers need to be proactive in telling animal ag’s sustainability story in the face of EAT-Lancet and Green New Deal confusion. Full Story

3/5/2019 (Reuters) – Trump scraps trade privilege for India; Delhi plays down impact

President Trump removed India from a program that provided preferential trade treatment. Full Story

3/5/2019 ( – Dairy’s in for the Long Haul on Trade

NMPF CEO Jim Mulhern says “dairy is in it for the long haul” when it comes to resolving trade disputes. Full Story

3/4/2019 (Morning Ag Clips) – Dairy FARM standards available for comment

The FARM Program has issued its proposal for Version 4.0 standards and is asking for input from industry stakeholders. Full Story

3/4/2019 (Reuters) – U.S. and China said to appear close to deal to roll back tariffs

The U.S. and China appear close to a deal that would roll back tariffs on at least $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and Beijing eliminating retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Full Story

February 2019

2/28/2019 (Farm Journal’s Milk) – 2018 Dairy Cow Culling Up 5.5%

The number of dairy cows culled jumped 5 percent from 2017 to 2018. Full Story

2/28/2019 (Forbes) – Here’s How Dairy Giant Dean Foods Curdled Its Own Milk

With a number of challenges, Dean Foods is exploring options for the future. Full Story

2/27/2019 (AGDAILY) – Want to influence consumers on social media? Do these 4 things

DMI’s Don Schindler gives four key tips on how to influence consumers on social media. Full Story

2/27/2019 (Reuters) – Dean Foods explores options including sale

Dean Foods is exploring strategic business options, “including the possible breakup of the biggest U.S. milk producer.” Full Story

2/26/2019 (Progressive Farmer) – Seeking Robust Exports to China

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky says the U.S. wants China to promise to buy a broad range of agricultural commodities. Full Story

2/26/2019 (Feedstuffs) – New members named to dietary guidelines committee

USDA announced 20 scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Full Story

2/25/2019 (USDA) – USDA To Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Sessions

The USDA holds a listening session tomorrow morning for input on how it implements and/or upgrades programs. Full Story

2/25/2019 (CNBC) – Trump says he will delay additional China tariffs originally scheduled to start on March 1

President Trump postponed higher tariffs on Chinese goods due to “substantial progress” in trade talks. Full Story

2/21/2019 (MILK Business) – December U.S. Milk Production Up 0.5%

USDA reports U.S. milk production in 2018 was up 0.9 percent from 2017 despite the overall herd size dropping. Full Story

2/21/2019 (Reuters) – Exclusive: U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war – sources

The U.S. and China have outlined commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress to date. Full Story

2/20/2019 (The Post-Star) – Agri-Mark chairman: Farm Bill offers respite for dairy farmers

Agri-Mark Chairman Neal Rea is pleased the 2018 Farm Bill offers dairy farmers an opportunity to recoup more costs through an improved and lower-cost margin insurance program. Full Story

2/20/2019 (Feedstuffs) – IDF publication confirms milk pasteurization health benefits

A report from the International Dairy Federation confirms pasteurization does not significantly impact nutritional properties of milk. Full Story

2/19/2019 (Star Tribune) – As regulators ponder food labels, dairy farmers press harder against nut ‘milk’

Dairy farmers continue to push for stricter labeling laws as the FDA considers who can use the word “milk.” Full Story

2/19/2019 (Capital Press) – Commentary: Time to share the facts about climate and food

Dr. Frank Mitloehner of UC-Davis said the EAT-Lancet report used “fundamentally flawed data.” Full Story

2/18/2019 (Farm Progress) – Can you hear me now, agvocates?

Farm Progress shares advice from DMI’s Don Schindler, who encourages farmers to share with consumers why they love to farm on social media. Full Story

2/14/2019 (Reuters) – Top U.S. trade envoys to meet China’s Xi, no decision on deadline extension

Talks between the U.S. and China are escalating ahead of a March 1 deadline for a deal. Full Story

2/14/2019 (KCRG Cedar Rapids) – Deadline arrives for farmer trade war aid

Today is the deadline for farmers to sign up for the USDA’s Market Facilitation Program. Full Story

2/13/2019 (Associated Press) – Dairy farmers across U.S. cast wary eye on prospects for 2019

Experts project dairy farmers are in for another challenging year, but the new Farm Bill should provide some relief. Full Story

2/13/2019 ( – Bipartisan whole milk bill draws support from the northeast

The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 is gaining support from dairy organizations. Full Story

2/12/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – What should be included on your farm website?

DMI’s Don Schindler offers tips to farmers who are looking to build a website for their dairy. Full Story

2/11/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Working toward mutual wins for dairy

IDFA CEO Michael Dykes says the dairy industry is working together to improve the outlook for producers and processors, with special attention paid to fluid milk. Full Story

2/11/2019 (Agri-View) – Efficiency reduces greenhouse-gas emissions

Global greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cows have dropped in the last decade, according to a United Nations and Global Dairy Platform study. Full Story

2/8/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – U.S. Plans to be Dairy Supplier for Long Haul

USDEC CEO Tom Vilsack says access to natural resources will set the U.S. apart as a world supplier of dairy products. Full Story

2/8/2019 (The U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog) – U.S. Could Triple Cheese Exports to Japan with New Trade Agreement

A USDEC study projects Japan’s growing love for cheese presents an opportunity for exporters to more than triple sales over 10 years if a U.S.-Japan trade agreement is negotiated. Full Story

2/7/2019 (Reuters) – World food prices rise in January: U.N. FAO

Food prices rose in January thanks to a global rebound in dairy prices, according to the United Nations. Full Story

2/7/2019 (Nutrition Coalition) – EAT-Lancet Report is One-sided, Not Backed by Rigorous Science

Nina Teicholz says the EAT-Lancet report authors may have done their own peer review, which “would be a basic violation of scientific publication standards.” Full Story

2/6/2019 (Brownfield Ag News) – Dairy Farms Honored for High Quality Milk

More than 40 dairy farms were recognized for their superior milk quality during the National Mastitis Council annual meeting. Full Story

2/5/2019 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Analyst Says Dairy Safety Net Is Strongest In 40 Years

A Pro Farmer analyst says dairy’s safety net is as strong as it’s been in 40 years. Full Story

2/5/2019 (DairyBusiness) – With Dairy’s Strong Will, There’s Always a Way

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern says “with dairy’s strong will, there’s always a way.” Full Story

2/4/2019 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Look who’s working on behalf of dairy

GENYOUth CEO Alexis Glick recognized some of the program’s “superheroes” at its recent gala, including former NFL great Thurman Thomas and NDC President Jean Ragalie-Carr. Full Story