National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

November 2018

11/14/2018 (NMPF) – Mexican, NMPF Dairy Leaders Meet to Mutually Benefit Producers

U.S. dairy officials from NMPF and USDEC met with Mexican dairy leaders last month to collaborate on trade goals. Full Story

11/13/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Dairy leaders dig in to build demand

In response to historically tough times for the industry, DMI’s Barb O’Brien says checkoff partners are exploring ways to put more dairy on their fall menus. Full Story

11/13/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – Study Shows Three-Year Dairy Price Cycle Might Be a Thing of the Past

CoBank Economist Ben Laine authored a new report that suggests the traditional three-year dairy price cycle might be a thing of the past, with the shift to larger dairy farms possibly leading to longer periods of lower prices, like the industry is experiencing now. Full Story

11/12/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – All-Milk Prices Projected To Rise to $19—by 2026

USDA has just released its 10-year projections for U.S. milk production, cow numbers, imports and exports, and the general tone is a gradual increase in just about every category. Full Story

11/8/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: Good news: Dairy foods are part of plant-based diets

Dairy is a vital and important part of healthy eating patterns, and this includes plant-based diets. People absolutely can still enjoy milk, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt in diets based on plants, which is information we continue to share with consumers and thought leaders. Full Story

11/6/2018 (NBC) – FDA approves drug to make cow manure less stinky

The goal is more environmentally friendly cattle poop, according to the company that makes the drug. Full Story

11/5/2018 (Dairy Business) – Has the formula for dairy farm profit changed?

A University of Minnesota extension professional examines whether and how the formula for dairy farm profit has changed. Full Story

11/3/2018 (Imperial Valley News) – Truck at Northern California dairy utilizes convenient fuel source

A California dairy relies on an electric farm truck powered by cow manure. Full Story

11/2/2018 (Dairy Management Inc.) – Dairy Checkoff Leaders Share Highlights During Annual Meeting

Surging exports, partnership support and Undeniably Dairy campaign are among areas of 2018 successes. Full Story

October 2018

10/30/2018 ( – NMPF Calls Out Plant-Based Beverage Industry Misinformation, Citing New Consumer Data

NMPF calls on the FDA to end deceptive labeling on non-dairy products, citing a new survey showing consumers misunderstand nutritional differences between milk and alternatives. Full Story

10/26/2018 (Brownfield) – NMPF Wants More Dairy Support

The National Milk Producers Federation is asking USDA to increase it’s support for dairy farmers in the next round to trade mitigation payments. Full Story

10/26/2018(Hoard’s Dairyman) – What Could a New NAFTA Mean for Dairy? 

The new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada advances dairy interests as farmers and the entire industry look for tariff relief and more trade agreements. Full Story

10/24/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – How did your dairy co-op rank in 2017 revenue?

The National Cooperative Bank released its annual report of the top 100 cooperatives by volume, with 17 dairy co-ops making the list. Full Story

10/23/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Industry Would Rather Resolve Trade than Receive Aid

In late July, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $12 billion program to help farmers who are bearing the brunt of President Donald Trump’s trade tactics. Program sign-ups began Sept. 4. Full Story

10/23/2018 (FoodNavigator-USA) – Tillamook CEO talks dairy innovation and ambitions of reaching $1bn in sales

Tillamook County Creamery Association has had a loyal regional following in the Pacific Northwest for more than 100 years (founded in 1909), but in order to secure its next 100 years the dairy co-operative needed to execute a national growth strategy set forth by CEO Patrick G. Criteser who has ambitions of hitting $1bn in annual sales. Full Story

10/22/2018 (FoodIngredients1st) – Dairy platforms: Arla Foods Ingredients eyes personalization and protein

Arla Foods Ingredients looks to better tailor dairy products for specific demographics, especially senior consumers. Full Story

10/18/2018 (Dairy Foods) – Dairy’s global competitiveness enhanced through research centers

NDC’s Bill Graves explains how the National Dairy Foods Research Center program is vital to U.S. exports. Full Story

10/17/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Amp Americas opens country’s largest dairy renewable natural gas project

A new Indiana facility will convert 945 tons of manure into renewable transportation fuel, making it the largest project of its kind in the U.S. Full Story

10/16/2018 (Progressive Farmer) – Farm Bill Anxiety

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway said lawmakers remain intent on getting a new farm bill done before the end of the year. Full Story

10/15/2018 (Commonwealth Journal) – Prairie Farms breaks ground on $5 million expansion

A $5 million expansion to the Prairie Farms plant on Bourne Avenue is moo-ving forward, and the milk bottling plant celebrated Thursday with a ground breaking ceremony which concluded with guest sipping on the milk of their choice. Full Story

10/15/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Farmers Loud and Proud on #NationalFarmersDay

October 12 was National Farmer’s Day and some dairy farmers shared their story on social media. Click to take a look at some of these popular posts. Full Story

10/12/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Surround sound needed to grow dairy exports

A circular sound system in the form of industry collaboration is needed to grow domestic and global dairy product demand, or else the U.S. dairy industry is not going to be successful, according to Tom Gallagher, chief executive officer of Dairy Management Inc. Full Story

10/12/2018 (American Agriculturist) – Farmers can sign up for Dairy Revenue Protection program 

Dairy farmers interested in the Dairy Revenue Protection program available through the American Farm Bureau attended a session on Oct. 4 at World Dairy Expo to learn more about the program and how to sign up. Full Story

10/10/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) –  Despite tariffs, U.S. dairy export volume up in August

Despite tariffs, August 2018 dairy exports were up 12 percent by volume and 3 percent by value compared to the same month a year earlier. Full Story

10/10/2018 (DairyBusiness) – Exports Reignite Dairy Farmer’s Impossible Dream

The U.S. Dairy Export Council profiles Nevada dairy farmer Daniel Perazzo to illustrate how dairy creates jobs and exports create more jobs. Full Story

10/8/2018 (Dairy Foods) – Checkoff’s Undeniably Dairy fall campaign aims to reconnect Americans with dairy farmers

DMI announces the fall programming for the Undeniably Dairy campaign, which offers consumers who are generations removed from the farm an opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with dairy farmers. Full Story

10/8/2018 (The Country Today) – DMI chief hopeful about dairy demand

DMI CEO Tom Gallagher shares insights on various industry challenges, including fluid milk. Full Story

10/5/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – New Farm Bill Could Offer 4:1 Return for Dairy Farmers

Revisions to the Margin Protection Program (MPP), proposed in the yet-to-be approved new farm bill, could offer dairy farmers a 4:1 return. Full Story

10/5/2018 (Indiana Prairie Farmer) – Milk Prices Likely to Go Higher in 2019

Favorable domestic sales, slower growth in milk production and higher dairy exports have pushed September milk prices higher than they were in August, according to Bob Cropp, University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy economist. Full Story

10/3/2018 (Feedstuffs) – National Dairy FARM Workforce Development launched

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program is launching a new effort, FARM Workforce Development, to train farms on hiring, training and supervision practices. Full Story

10/2/2018 (The Progressive Farmer) – Ag Groups Respond to New North American Trade Deal

NMPF, IDFA and USDEC issued a joint statement thanking the Trump administration and Congress members for supporting dairy during USMCA negotiations. Full Story

10/1/2018 (Bloomberg) – Trump Clinches Rebranded NAFTA as Canada Joins Pact With Mexico

The United States and Canada reached a trade deal on Sunday, replacing NAFTA with the newly named United StatesMexico-Canada Agreement. Full Story

September 2018

9/26/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – FarmFirst Co-Op To USDA: More Tariff Aid, Please

FarmFirst Cooperative is calling on USDA to provide more financial support as tariffs from Mexico and China continue to depress milk prices. Full Story

9/24/2018 (Associated Press) – Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. Full Story

9/24/2018 ( – Sen. Shaheen hears concerns of dairy farmers

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) toured a dairy farm while meeting with farmers to discuss the farm bill, Margin Protection Program and other industry issues. Full Story

9/20/2018 (Financial Post) – The recent jump in U.S. butter imports? All smooth, says Canadian dairy industry

U.S. butter exports to Canada nearly quadrupled between 2015 and 2016 to help satisfy Canadians’ increased demand. Full Story

9/20/2018 (MILK Business) – Worried About Walmart?

Brian Houin, president of the Indiana Dairy Producers Association, says the new Walmart plant has been good for the state’s dairy industry. Full Story

9/19/2018 (WHTM Harrisburg) – Pennsylvania announces $5M for dairy farmers

The funding was made available under the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, which helps farmers to modernize or expand their operations. Full Story

9/18/2018 (The Guardian) – China hits back at US with $60bn of new tariffs

China will place an additional $60 billion of tariffs on imports from the U.S. in retaliation against $200 billion of new tariffs on Chinese goods announced by President Trump. Full Story

9/17/2018 (Politico) – Milking it for politics? U.S., Canada dig in on dairy in NAFTA talks

Dairy remains a major political sticking point in NAFTA negotiations. Full Story

9/17/2018 (DairyBusiness) – FARM Releases New Materials Related to Workforce Development

The aim of this project is to provide U.S. dairy farm owners and managers with guidance and best management practices around human resources (hiring, training, and supervision), as well as worker health and safety. Full Story

9/14/2018 (Reuters) – Second round of tariff-related aid to farmers may come in December: USDA

The USDA release says a second round of tariff‐related aid to farmers could be announced in December. Full Story

9/14/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: Farmers find revenue-generating manure solutions through Newtrient

Newtrient CEO Steve Rowe shares how the company provides farmers with revenue‐producing solutions for cow manure. Full Story

9/11/2018 (National Post) – Canadian farmers say they will not accept dairy concessions in NAFTA talks

It seems almost a given now that any trade deal Canada strikes with the United States will have to offer up more American access to the Canadian dairy market. Full Story

9/10/2018 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – CWT Export Assistance Tops 1 Billion Pounds of Milk in 2018

In a major milestone farmer-managed export assistance program, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has helped its member dairy cooperatives export over 1 billion pounds worth of milk so far in 2018. Full Story

9/7/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Call for Nominations: 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 21st Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. Full Story

9/6/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – DPA petition seeks 2 cents of national checkoff for dairy product donation program

The Dairy Pricing Association (DPA) is circulating a petition asking that dairy farmers be allowed to voluntarily direct 2 cents of the national dairy checkoff to purchase dairy products to feed the needy. Full Story

9/5/2018 (Iowa Public Radio) – Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Ongoing Ag Tariffs

USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack says farmers and companies are running out of patience over the Trump administration’s hard stance in trade negotiations. Full Story

9/5/2018 (Dairy Foods) – CEO Tony Sarsam has big plans for Borden Dairy

Borden CEO Tony Sarsam said the company is working on several growth initiatives, including new product development. Full Story

9/4/2018 (The New York Times) – Got Milk? Or Was That Really a Plant Beverage?

A remark by the F.D.A.’s chief about almonds and lactation has set off a seemingly existential debate about what milk is. Full Story

9/4/2018 (Forbes) – From the Dairy Crisis to Rising Interest Rates – An Agricultural Economist Answers

Forbes interviews Stephanie Mercer, a former economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, about the dairy industry’s tough times and what lies ahead. Full Story

August 2018

8/30/2018 (Bloomberg) – Progress Made on Farm Bill, Including SNAP, Ag Chairman Says

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said lawmakers made progress on the farm bill’s SNAP language – long seen as the bill’s biggest stumbling block – after leaders of the House and Senate agriculture panels met yesterday. Full Story

8/30/2018 (Philadelphia Inquirer) – In a languishing dairy industry, farmers look to artisanal cheese as a solution

Some Pennsylvania farmers are offsetting milk prices by creating their own artisanal cheeses. Full Story

8/29/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – The Documents You’ll Need To Get A Tariff Payment

USDA announced earlier this week that farmers would be able to begin applying for tariff aid at their local FSA offices beginning Sept. 4 as long as their commodities had been harvested and documented. Full Story

8/29/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – U.S., Canada Trade Talks Focus on Dairy

USDA released details of its $12 billion tariffs relief program, with soybean farmers receiving the bulk of direct payments. Full Story

8/29/2018 (Reuters) – Canada’s Trudeau says he will defend dairy farmer protections in NAFTA

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday his position on the supply management system that protects Canada’s dairy farmers has not changed and he will defend it as Canada works to renew the NAFTA trade deal with the United States and Mexico. Full Story

8/28/2018 (IDFA) – USDA Announces Funding Package to Lessen Impact of Trade Disruption and Aid Families in Need

Nearly $85 million will purchase fluid milk and other dairy products for feeding organizations. Full Story

8/28/2018 (Southern Farm Network) – Dairy Innovation Center at 10 Years

Texas dairy farmer David DeJong shares how the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has helped the industry these last 10 years. Full Story

8/27/2018 (Dairy Business) – Inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit Announced

Dairy farmers and stakeholders to converge in Sacramento November 27 – 28 to identify opportunities continue advancing leadership in environmental and economic sustainability. Full Story

8/27/2018 (Lancaster Farming) – New Dairy Insurance Plan Unveiled

The Dairy Revenue Protection program will allow dairy farmers to purchase insurance against unexpected drops in milk pricing. Full Story

8/23/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – USDEC’S Vilsack Remains Optimistic About Dairy Exports

The President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says there is good news when it comes to foreign trade. Full Story

8/23/2018 (Reuters) – Mexico, U.S. ‘close’ to resolving bilateral NAFTA issues

Mexico and the United States are close to resolving remaining bilateral issues in the revamp of the NAFTA trade deal, officials said, but hopes of squaring away differences on Wednesday were booted to at least later this week. Full Story

8/22/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – Dairy Centers Act as Innovation Hubs

National Dairy Council’s Bill Graves discusses how the National Dairy Foods Research Center program is providing a future workforce. Full Story

8/22/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – June fluid milk sales slump, but not all the news is bad

A decline in cow numbers and a modest gain in milk output per cow helped limit July U.S. milk production growth to just 0.4 percent compared to a year earlier. Full Story

8/21/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Checkoff-funded research centers provide pipeline of future workforce

The National Dairy Foods Research Center program helps drive dairy innovation but also helps secure a future workforce, thanks to support from the dairy checkoff. Full Story

8/21/2018 (Seattle Times) – Darigold aims to sell more than half of its dairy output abroad despite trade spat

The century-old co-op, now a huge business, emphasizes exports amid global trade uncertainty and weak U.S. demand. Darigold CEO Stan Ryan is upbeat about its prospects despite the tariffs roiling established trade relationships. Full Story

8/18/2018 ( – Newtrient: Reducing Dairy’s Environmental Impact, Growing Revenue Streams for Farmers

One important way we help build a positive image of dairy farming is to create partnerships and establish organizations that can help farmers produce nutrient-rich milk while being environmentally responsible. That’s what Newtrient is all about. Full Story

8/17/2018 (AgDaily) – Cargill launches Facebook campaign to support milk drive

Cargill Animal Nutrition has launched a new Facebook campaign to support The Great American Milk Drive. Full Story

8/16/2018 (WHAS Louisville) – Dairy farm churns out more than great ice cream

Chaney’s Dairy Farm in Kentucky shares its success with technology and tourism in a time of industry struggle. Full Story

8/15/2018 (ABC News Radio) – US government buying $50 million of milk from dairy farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it’s buying 11 to 13 million gallons of milk from dairy farmers for $50 million and planning to send it to local food banks. Full Story

8/14/2018 (Business Facilities) – Michigan lands $470M cheese and whey facility

In a joint venture, Glanbia Nutritionals, Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers Inc. will build a new large-scale cheese and whey production facility in St. Johns, MI. Full Story

8/9/2018 (Capital Press) – USDA rolls out new dairy insurance plan

USDA Risk Management Agency on Wednesday announced a new insurance plan for dairy producers that insures against unexpected declines in quarterly milk sales. Full Story

8/8/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Net Merit Indexes for Holsteins Now Include Disease Resistance

Health traits will now make up approximately 2% of net merit indexes for Holsteins. Full Story

8/8/2018 (Phys) – Cows found to be willing to work hard to gain access to a grooming brush

A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and Warsaw University of Life Sciences has found that dairy cows are willing to expend energy to gain access to a grooming brush. Full Story

8/7/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Southeast Milk Price Rallies for June, But Down $0.58/cwt Since 2017

The Southeast Uniform milk price for June was $18.12, up $0.66 from May and $0.58 lower than June 2017. Full Story

8/7/2018 (Ag Web) – Less Than 50% Of Farmers Plan To Participate In Tariff Aid

The latest Farm Journal Pulse survey shows less than 50% of farmers would sign up for USDA’s $12 billion tariff aid package given the information they have today. Full Story

8/6/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – The First Years: Meet This Sustainability Focused Dairy Farmer

Allred not only has a state-of-the-art waste management system on his farm, but he relies on byproducts to feed his cows as well. Full Story

8/6/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Amendment Banning Dairy Label Enforcement Fails; Processor Aid Passes

Legislation that would have changed how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates non-dairy “milk” failed to make its way into a Senate bill, while another amendment aimed at sparking innovation in dairy processing passed. Full Story

8/3/2018 (NBC Philadelphia) – Hood Recalls Over 145K Cartons of Almond Breeze for Possibly Containing Milk

HP Hood is recalling more than 145,000 half-gallon cartons of its Vanilla Almond Breeze beverage because the products may contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label. Full Story

8/3/2018 (WFRV Green Bay) – 10 Gallon Challenge a Win-Win for Both Dairy Farmers and Needy Families

The #10GallonChallenge is gaining steam and support. Full Story

8/2/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy/Nutrient Load Reduction: Reduce and Concentrate

A new manure processing system installed at Son-Bow Farms will save an estimated $1.80/cwt. Full Story

8/2/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Newtrient delivers manure management solutions for US dairy farmers

A coalition of 14 dairy organizations formed Newtrient three years ago to develop manure management and nutrient recovery solutions for the dairy industry’s environmental footprint. Full Story

8/1/2018 (Roll Call) – McConnell Hopeful Farm Bill Conference Report Ready for Vote After Labor Day

The Senate agreed by a voice vote to work with the House on a new version of the farm bill before the current legislation expires, even if that means working through the summer recess. Full Story

8/1/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – New Institute Will Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Three universities will partner to lead a new national institute on antimicrobial resistance. Full Story

July 2018

7/31/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Darigold to expand from 40% to over 50% exports

Darigold wants to grow internationally from serving 20 to 40 countries and is hiring employees overseas to support its development and expansion. Full Story

7/31/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – You’ve Sold the Cows. Now What?

Whether you exit the dairy business because you’re being forced to or are doing so voluntarily to preserve equity, know that there are some hard times ahead. Change of any kind is difficult for everyone, whether it is being forced upon you or is viewed as an opportunity toward better things. Full Story

7/30/2018 (MSNBC) – Vilsack says farmers want Trump to end trade wars, not gifts

USDEC CEO and President, Tom Vilsack, interviews with MSNBC to discuss the current trade wars. Full Story

7/30/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Biosecure Your Dairy for Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Other Diseases

Biosecurity is the first step in disease prevention and for one virus, biosecurity could mean financial security for farmers. Full Story

7/27/2018 (Food Business News) – F.D.A. Outlines Strategy for Review of Standards of Identity

The Food and Drug Administration is undertaking a review of milk’s standard of identity. The initiative is being presented as an effort to protect public health and ensure consumers are clear about the differences between “milk” as it is defined by federal regulations and plant-based varieties that use milk in the product’s name. Full Story

7/26/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Industry Pleased with USDA’s $12 Billion Tariff Relief

A $12 billion tariff relief program that was announced be the Trump Administration is being welcomed by the dairy industry. On July 24, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced implementation of a tariff mitigation program in response to retaliatory tariffs that have had widespread impacts on agriculture. Dairy products have been targeted by major trading partners like Mexico and China in the ongoing trade war. National Milk Producers Federation estimates tariffs will cost U.S. dairy farmers $1.8 billion through the end of 2018. Full Story

7/26/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Report: Higher Production, Farm Bill Action and Labor

The latest milk production data from USDA shows farmers are still generating a lot of milk despite low prices. Colorado surged ahead, increasing production by 11% from last year. Kansas followed with a 7.5% increase and Texas jumped up in production by 6.6%. Full Story

7/25/2018 (AgNet West) – Almonds Don’t Lactate: FDA to Enforce Standards for Milk Labeling

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the agency will renew efforts to enforce standards for milk labeling.  The dairy industry has been vocal in expressing the concern that non-dairy products such as almond milk, and soy milk are misleading to consumers. Full Story

7/24/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – First Ever Licensed Vaccine for Klebsiella Mastitis in Dairy Cattle

Dairy producers and veterinarians now have another tool in the prevention and reduction in antibiotic use with the debut of the first vaccine licensed for dairy cattle to prevent mastitis caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae. Full Story

7/24/2018 (Feed Navigator) – Dairy cow feed at heart of lawsuit against Kerrygold

A California resident is suing Kerrygold and its parent corporation alleging misrepresentation of the feed used for the cows that provided milk to make the company’s dairy products. Full Story

7/23/2018 (National Public Radio) – As Milk Production Cools In Summer, Farmers Try To Help Cows Take The Heat

The way cows digest food takes a lot of energy and generates a lot of heat. When it gets too warm outside, cows want to cool down. Full Story

7/23/2018 (The Wall Street Journal) – Mexico Says U.S., Mexico Aim to Reach Nafta Deal by Late August 

Senior U.S. and Mexico officials have agreed to step up negotiations to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement with the aim of reaching a preliminary deal by late August, Mexico’s Economy Minister said Wednesday. Full Story

7/19/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – DFA To Shut Down Century-Old California Plant

n Wednesday, the nation’s largest cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), announced plans to “idle” a plant in Hughson, California because of changing market conditions. Full Story

7/19/2018 (Associated Press) – Soy milk makers may need to find alternative description

The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans to start enforcing a federal standard that defines “milk” as coming from the “milking of one or more healthy cows.” Full Story

7/18/2018 (National Milk Producers Federation) – NMPF Encouraged by FDA Commissioner’s Desire to Enforce Dairy Labeling Regulations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told an

audience at a Politico Pro Summit on Tuesday in Washington that his agency will soon begin enforcing regulations that define milk as an animal product, not a plant-based food  – an indication that the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) requests for action by the agency are being heard. Full Story

7/18/2018 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Smaller farms still need to be heard

The percentage of our nation’s dairy farms milking 100 cows or less continues to dwindle, and many of the voices being heard in boardrooms and on Capitol Hill increasingly come from larger farms. Full Story

7/17/2018 (The Ithaca Voice) – Waste to Watts: How cows help power Ithaca

Cornell University is not letting cow waste, well, go to waste by converting it into clean bedding for its dairy cows and a power source for the City of Ithaca. Full Story

7/17/2018 (FoodBev Media) – Smart technology optimizes dairy productivity and quality

A new smart technology project, called SmartFarm, is being developed in Finland by the VTT Technical Research Centre and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) to aid the productivity and quality of dairy farming. Full Story

7/16/2018 (AGDAILY) – 37 ag organizations ask FDA for action on the term ‘milk’

Thirty-seven state Farm Bureaus and other agricultural groups expressed displeasure over the labeling of imitation dairy products using that term and asked for the issue to be addressed immediately. Full Story

7/16/2018 (KCRG-TV9) – Eastern Iowa dairy farmer keeps going despite low prices

Some of the lowest milk prices in recent history are causing dairy farmers across the country to sell their cows and stop production, but one man in eastern Iowa says he’s still making things work on his small dairy farm. Full Story

7/13/2018 ( – USDA Appoints Members to National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 13 members to fill vacancies on the 37-member National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Full Story

7/12/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – DFA To Shift Milk From Closing Dean Foods Plants, Protect Members

This week alone we’ve learned of two more Dean Foods plants closing their doors by the end of the year. According to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), their members who might have been shipping to that plant are not at risk of losing the market for their milk. Full Story

7/12/2018 (Lynden Tribune) – Darigold celebrates 100th

The Darigold company of today marks 1918 as its point of birth and is celebrating 100 years of existence now in 2018. Full Story

7/11/2018 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Organic dairying a way to keep small farms in business

Greg Blatz doesn’t believe there would be a future in farming for him had his father remained in conventional dairy farming. Full Story

7/11/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Wife Killed; Husband Injured in Canadian Cross-country Dairy Promotion

A couple from Canada who was promoting dairy farming while driving their tractor across the country suffered a horrific tragedy when the wife was killed in a collision with a semi-truck. Full Story

7/10/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – California’s ‘got milk?’ Campaign Gets a Makeover

California’s ‘got milk?’ campaign is getting a long-overdue makeover starting today, rebranding itself to “You Can Always Count on Milk.” Full Story

7/10/2018 (New Food) – Global milk production expected to increase by 35 per cent by 2030 

Technology and innovation will be needed to cope with a surge in demand for milk over the next decade, an international research network has said. Full Story

7/9/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – New York Starts $30 Million Farmland Protection Program for Dairies

On July 5, Cuomo enabled funding through the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program to go towards dairy farms to ensure that land remains in agriculture. Full Story

7/9/2018 (AG WEB) – 111-Year-Old University Dairy Closes Doors Due To Low Prices

Southwest Michigan is deeply rooted in agriculture ranging from fruit, vegetables and livestock. Despite the diversity, it’s not immune to a downturn in the market, especially in the dairy industry. Full Story

7/5/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Oregon ‘Mega-Dairy’ Loses Waste Management Permit

With contamination seeping into the soil from overfilled lagoons, the second largest dairy in Oregon, Lost Valley Farm, has only 60 days to remove 13,000 cows and clean their manure management system. Full Story

7/5/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Got milk? Yes, but not as we used to know it, Jim

While sales of plain dairy milk have been declining for years, US yogurt production has dropped off after peaking in 2014. Full Story 

7/3/2018 ( – Cayuga County dairy serves as model for manure management

There are more than 1,200 cows on Tim and Ronda Fessenden’s dairy farm. As one might imagine, those cows produce quite a lot of manure. But what happens to it all? Full Story

7/3/2018 (Daily News Media) – Cows are now arriving at Campbell dairy

This week the first cows arrived to Riverview, LLP’s new Campbell, Minnesota dairy farm in southern Wilkin County. About 2,000 animals were transported from the company’s dairy operation in Veblen, South Dakota. Full Story

7/2/2018 (AGDAILY) – Land O’Lakes, California Bioenergy launch ‘Barn to Biogas’

Land O’Lakes, Inc. and California Bioenergy (CalBio) have launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support on-farm methane digesters to generate renewable compressed natural gas (“R-CNG”) fuel in California. Full Story

7/2/2018 (Courier Journal) – As Dean Milk contract ends, some farmers pick up a last-minute hope

Just days before their contracts with Dean Foods run out, nine Kentucky dairy farmers met with an Ohio co-op, and made a handshake deal to sell their milk. Full Story

June 2018

6/28/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Social Campaign Funds Local School, Honors Dairyman’s Legacy

In February the dairy industry was shocked by the loss of John Pagel. Pagel, founder of Pagel’s Ponhderosa, Kewaunee, Wis., was a prominent dairy farmer and leader in Wisconsin. As a way to honor his memory and support the local high school ag program, his family has started a social media campaign. Full Story

6/28/2018 (Olean Times Herald) – Senator Gillibrand amendment would mean about $8,000 to each NY dairy farmer

A member of the Agriculture Committee, Gillibrand on Tuesday sponsored an amendment to the Senate farm bill that would provide $300 million in relief to U.S. dairy farmers. Full Story

6/27/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Tariffs Would Offset 0.8% of Production

Trade negotiations continue as China and Mexico threaten tariffs on a number of U.S. dairy exports. Full Story

6/27/2018 (The Lewiston Tribune) – They’re turning manure into black gold

Bernie Teunissen recently made a major technological investment in his 3,800-cow dairy to ensure its operations will remain sustainable long into the future. Full Story

6/26/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Seaweed Shows Potential for Cutting Dairy Cow Methane Emissions

Research at the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) feeding seaweed to dairy cows shows potential to reduce enteric methane emissions. Full Story

6/26/2018 (The Bullvine) – How California’s dairy industry is facing changes to cow manure management

Agriculturally, California is famous for its wine, but the state has led the nation in milk and dairy production for 25 years. Massive production and mounds of manure are making dairy farmers change their ways. Full Story

6/25/2018 (LancasterOnline) – Turkey Hill Dairy, 3 national corporations focus on Lancaster County farmers over water pollution

The Lancaster-based company is taking an unprecedented step to make sure its milk and ice cream aren’t made at the expense of the environment. Full Story

6/25/2018 (USA Today) – Donald Trump will protect American farmers from China’s trade retaliation: Sonny Perdue

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue writes about how President Trump will protect American farmers from China’s trade retaliation. Full Story

6/21/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – 52 More Dairy Farmers In New York Without Contracts

52 farmers in New York found out May 19 they are being released by Marcus Dairy, a fluid milk processor in Danbury Conn. Full Story

6/21/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Appeals court affirms injunction on Arla’s ad campaign involving rBST

A three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that Arla Foods can no longer continue its advertising campaign implying its cheeses are safer than their competitors’ because its milk is sourced from cows not supplemented with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). Full Story

6/20/2018 ( – New blood test reveals susceptibility to costly disease in dairy cows

Oregon State University researchers have developed a blood test to identify dairy cows are susceptible to bovine clinical mastitis. Full Story

6/20/2018 (Dairy Good) – Brett Reinford

One Pennsylvania dairy is not only producing milk, but it’s also taking uneaten and expired food from local grocery stores and distribution centers and turning it into electricity. Full Story

6/19/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – New Michigan Zoning Order Aims to Fight Bovine TB

For almost 25 years, we have been working to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) from Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula (LP). While bovine TB remains a worldwide issue, the U.S. has seen very little bovine TB since the late 1970s, apart from Michigan’s northeastern LP. Full Story

6/19/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Milk Prices: Volatility Is Back

Analysts predict milk prices will average in the low $16 range for the balance of 2018, but trade uncertainty and the global supply and demand balance will add volatility into the marketplace. Full Story

6/18/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Twinning Increases With High Production

The rate of twinning in Holsteins has more than tripled in the past 25 years. Full Story

6/18/2018 (Cowsmopolitan) – A Glass of Milk with Marilyn Hershey

Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey shares her vision for the checkoff as DMI Chair. Full Story

6/14/2018 (THRILLIST) – This Guy Quit His Dest Job to be a Dairy Farmer and Life is Great Now

David Jones explains how the call of the dairy farm was too strong and he left his office job to come back home. Full Story

6/14/2018 (WKOW 27) – Wisconsin Dairy News: Kosher milk in high demand

Rabbi Miller oversees milk bottling when Lamers Dairy bottles the Kosher certified milk. Full Story

6/13/2018 (AGDAILY) – Senate Ag Committee passes Farm Bill with bipartisan support

Today the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was favorably reported out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Full Story

6/13/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Has the Time Come For Supply Management?

Hundreds of Wisconsin farmers showed up at meetings this spring examining the pros and cons of Canada supply management program. Full Story

6/12/2018 (THRILLIST) – This farmer turns manure into clean water and it may be the future of farming

Austin Allred runs Royal Dairy, where cows are a powerful tool in an astonishing process that creates bio-rich soil and clean irrigation water while cutting down greenhouse gases. Full Story

6/12/2018 (New York Times) – Dairy Farms Find a Lifeline: Beer

“To succeed today as a dairy farm, you need to diversify,” Mr. DuBois said. “We found our passion for craft beer.” Full Story

6/11/2018 (US News) – Wisconsin Brothers Use Farm to Make Cheese

The local food movement emphasizes knowing where food comes from, which is not a problem for Ron Henningfeld, owner of Lake Geneva-based Hill Valley Dairy. Full Story

6/11/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Robotic Rotary Parlor Built in North Dakota

Installing a robotic rotary parlor, the operation is now the fourth parlor of its kind to be installed in North America and only the 15thin the world. Full Story

6/8/2018 (Capital Press) – USDA green lights California’s new federal milk marketing system

The USDA officially announced California will join the federal milk marketing order system, effective Nov. 1. Full Story

6/8/2018 (Thrillist) – These sisters are using sustainable dairy farming to create delicious treats

Read the story of the Marcoot sisters of Greenville, Ill., and their sustainable farming practices. Full Story

6/7/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – From foreclosure to 150 herds: Grass-fed yogurt company succeeds with niche mindset

Today, Maple Hill Creamery of Kinderhook, New York, sources milk from more than 150 small family farms; their specialty is dairy products from 100 percent grass-fed organic cows. Full Story

6/7/2018 (Financial Post) – Managed dairy system enticed Coca-Cola to build Ontario milk plant: Dairy Farmers

Coca-Cola didn’t comment on Canada’s dairy system, but said tariffs were a deterrent to importing its Fairlife ultrafiltered milk from the United States. Full Story

6/6/2018 (Post Bulletin) – Pine Island dairy farm earns century status after 150 years

Three generations of Klingsporns are a part of an unbroken family line that has worked the same 160 acres east of Pine Island since 1868. Full Story

6/6/2018 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Dairy Farm Sisters Share Undeniable Devotion to Sustainability and Innovation

In celebration of National Dairy Month, the Marcoots will tell the story of their seventh-generation family owned dairy farm, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, on two high-ranking podcasts: Oprah ’s SuperSoul Conversations and Gastropod. Full Story

6/5/2018 (PR Newswire) – Dairy MAX and Western Dairy Association Announce Completion of Merger

Newly joined regional dairy council represents 900 dairy farmers across seven states. Full Story

6/5/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Canada ‘Moving Toward Flexibility’ On Dairy Market Access

Over the weekend Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted to the possibility for the U.S. to have more access to Canadian dairy markets through the revised North American Free Trade Agreement. Full Story

6/4/2018 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – This generation of women not just ‘farm wives’ anymore

Today women are stepping into the forefront and playing more prominent roles on the farm and in careers in the agribusiness industry once dominated by their male counterparts. Full Story

6/4/2018 (Courier Journal) – Dozens will lose jobs when Dean Foods closes its plant amid milk crisis

The Dean Foods’ milk crisis that is forcing dairy farmers in Kentucky and other states out of business also will eliminate jobs for more than 60 Louisville workers. Full Story

6/1/208 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Colored Cows Are Adding Fat To The Milk Supply

While the U.S. milking herd is still predominantly black and white, there’s more colored cows adding high component milk to the nation’s milk supply. Full Story

6/1/2018 (ABC27) – Dairy farmer sues FDA for ‘common sense’ skim milk labels

The farm in Frederick County, Maryland prides itself on being all natural. It sells whole milk, two percent, and one percent as such in Pennsylvania, but Sowers has a sour taste about his skim milk. Full Story

May 2018

5/31/2018 (Farm Journal’s MILK) – Which Dairy State Was The Most Profitable In 2017?

In their annual milk cost of production report, USDA outlined which states were the most profitable in 2017. Full Story

5/31/2018 (Water and Wastes Digest) – Dairy Farmer Makes Fertilizer Using Worms, Wastewater

A Washington state dairy farmer has developed an alternative approach to the standard lagoon and pump truck system utilized in order to store the large volume of water necessary to provide for his cows and keep the produced milk clean. He does so using worms. Full Story

5/30/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – USDA to make $20 million cheddar cheese purchase

The cheese is part of plans to purchase $177.4 million worth of American-grown foods for nutrition assistance programs. Full Story

5/30/2018 (Burlington Free Press) – Vermont dairy is in crisis: 4 years of bad prices take a toll even on industry leaders

The demise of Nordic Farms is only the latest, and perhaps highest profile, failure in a developing crisis for dairy farming in Vermont. Full Story

5/29/2018 (WDIO) – USDA: Wisconsin Milk Production Slows Down

Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases. Full Story

5/29/2018 (USA Today) –  Indy 500 winner Will Power says he actually has strong willpower

While he celebrated his win with whole milk, Power says, “Chocolate milk is just the best.” Full Story

5/25/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – 15 Percent Of Nation’s Cheese Comes From One Wisconsin Town

Wisconsin is the nation’s leader in cheese production, producing 3.4 billion pounds of cheese in 2017. California produces roughly 1 billion pounds less. Full Story

5/25/2018 (Dairy Business) – Interview With Michael McMahon of E-Z Acres Farm

Watch an interview of Michael McMahon of New York’s E-Z Acres Farm, which was honored with a sustainability award from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Full Story

5/24/2018 (Boston Globe) – Garelick Farms says it will close its dairy in Lynn

The mayor of Lynn, Mass., expressed his frustration with Dean Foods over its decision to close its Garelick Farms plant, which will cost 300 people their jobs. Full Story

5/24/2018 (Indianapolis Star) – Indy 500 2018: Here’s what type of milk the drivers prefer

The 33 drivers competing the Indianapolis 500 list their milk preferences should they win Sunday’s race. Full Story

5/23/2018 (Ag Alert) – Farmers await potential change in dairy pricing

People in the dairy business say they’re quite certain the state will be changing to a federal milk pricing system this fall, but they’re holding out on making any long-term business decisions in anticipation of this move. Full Story

5/23/2018 (Hoosier Ag Today) – Indiana Dairies Still Weighing Options as Dean Foods Contracts End

Hoosier Ag Today reported in early March that Dean Foods would be terminating milk contracts effective May 31 for 27 Indiana dairy farmers. As that deadline draws nearer, many of those dairy farmers are still looking for a path forward. Full Story

5/22/2018 (Feedstuffs) – Dairy product prices boosting milk prices

A dairy analyst says milk prices are improving thanks to positive domestic sales and improved exports. Full Story

5/22/2018 (NMPF News Release) – New ‘Got Jobs?’ Campaign Demonstrates Dairy’s Substantial Impact on US Economy, States and Local Communities

USDEC, IDFA and NMPF launched the “Got Jobs? Dairy Creates Jobs, Exports Create More” campaign to share data and narratives featuring the economic impacts of dairy farmers, companies, retailers and others throughout the supply chain. Full Story

5/21/2018 (Food Safety News) – House members ignore party lines, defeat raw milk measure

Overwhelming opposition from the dairy industry and others helped defeat an amendment to the 2018 House Farm Bill that would have allowed the interstate sale of unpasteurized milk. Full Story

5/21/2018 (Xinhua) – U.S. dairy farmer eager to take milk products to China

Mike McCloskey discusses his goal of bringing his fairlife milk to China. Full Story

5/18/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Prairie Farms Closing Kentucky Milk Processing Plant

A milk processing plant in western Kentucky will close next month and 52 employees will be out of jobs following the decision. Full Story

5/18/2018 (NPR) – Senators and others worry that the partisan fight over the Farm Bill could be making farmland stress even worse

The House is set to vote by Friday on a controversial farm bill that includes major changes to work requirements for people on food stamps. Full Story

5/15/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Industry Remains Hopeful About NAFTA 2.0 Deal

As NAFTA negotiations race to the finish line, lead negotiators met in Washington, D.C. last week to work through the tough issues that remain as trade talks with China are expected to resume this week. Full Story

5/15/2018 ( – East Tennessee dairy farmers milk every option to stay in business after Dean Foods ends contract looks at how Tennessee dairy farmers who lost their contracts with Dean Foods are trying to stay in business. Full Story

5/14/2018 (KING-TV Seattle) – Robots use lasers to milk dairy cows

Darigold Chairman and Washington state dairy farmer Leroy Plagerman shows off his farm’s robotics. Full Story

5/14/2018 (WEKU) – Dairy Farmers Look For Lifelines In Flooded Market

Eastern Kentucky’s NPR station looks at local dairy farmers while examining the situation with Canadian milk pricing. Full Story

5/11/2018 (Lancaster Farming) – Governor Candidates Tackle Dairy Crisis

Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates disagree about how to help dairy farmers weather several years of price doldrums that have driven some producers from the business. Full Story

5/11/2018 (High Plains Journal) – Dairy farmers form cooperative to generate more ways to bring milk to market

In reaction to changing market conditions, a group of dairy farmers, who have previously marketed their milk independently, have formed Appalachian Dairy Farmers Cooperative and expect to begin operations on June 1. Full Story

5/9/2018 (FoodIngredientsFirst) – DuPont moves to rBST-free sources for dairy culture production in response to consumer preference

DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced that all the dairy components for producing cultures will be obtained from rBST-free sources moving forward. Full Story

5/9/2018 (Bloomberg) – America’s Biggest Milk Maker Is Eyeing More Flax

CEO Ralph Scozzafava said Dean Foods is debating whether to become a majority shareholder in Good Karma Foods, which makes non-dairy products from flaxseed. Full Story

5/8/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – California Milk Order Vote Likely Passes with Major Coops’ Support

California Dairies, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Land O’Lakes jointly support the USDA proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order for California. Full Story

5/8/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Checkoff Watch: Innovation Center, industry groups embrace globalization opportunities

With increased interest and ability to serve multinational customers, and the growing influence of nutrition thought leaders and nongovernment organizations, the dairy checkoff has expanded its trust and sales-building strategies and partnerships to ensure U.S. dairy is well-positioned to grow global business. Full Story

5/7/2018 (Dairy Herd) – Analyst: Milk Prices ‘Not Out of the Woods Yet’

Farmers around the country are seeing prices start to slightly improve. And while that provides hope, one analyst says we’re not out of the woods yet.

5/7/2018 (National Dairy Council) – 1 Percent Chocolate Milk in Schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow all schools to offer 1% flavored milk in school lunch, breakfast and Smart Snacks for the 2018-2019 school year without a special exemption.

5/3/2018 (Kenosha News) – Farm family devastated by fire; overwhelmed by support

When Ben Herda took over his family’s century-old dairy farm in Wheatland in 2007 there were only 12 milking cows left, little more than when his great-grandfather Bernard founded the farm in 1908. Full Story

5/3/2018 (Dairy Business) – What Dairy Farmers Need to Know About Increasing Exports to “The Next 5%”

Milk prices are so suppressed some U.S. dairy farmers are tightening their belts until no notches remain. Full Story

5/2/2018 (Progressive Dairyman) – Despite processing capacity woes, U.S. dairy plant numbers are growing

The number of U.S. plants manufacturing one or more dairy products (excluding fluid milk) is at a two-decade high. Full Story

5/2/2018 ( – Half of NY’s farm labor is here illegally, official says

New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball estimates half of his state’s farm labor force is here without documentation, and says immigration raids on farms are creating a labor crisis. Full Story

5/1/2018 (Mother Jones) – Milk Pricing Policies– Emergency Floor Price

Dairy farmers and other industry experts discuss instituting a $20 emergency floor price on every hundredweight of milk. Full Story

5/1/2018 (The Nature Conservancy) – These five innovators are helping produce better food, healthier soils and cleaner waters

Wisconsin dairy farmer Lee Kinnard explains how using winter cover crops and no-tillage farming are improving water quality. Full Story