National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

October 2017

10/23/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Danone changes management structure

Danone’s board of directors has voted to combine the functions of chairman and chief executive officer. Full Story

10/20/2017 (CBS News) – The return of the milkman, 21st century-style

The classic white suit, black bowtie and signature glass milk bottles are likely to remain relics of history, but in other ways the milkman is making a comeback. Full Story

10/20/2017 (WRAL) – N.C. State Fair Destination: $1 milk booth

Every year, the food vendors at the N.C. State Fair try to one up each other with the sweetest or greasiest or fat-laden-est or craziest foods you can imagine. Full Story

10/19/2017 (Times-Gazette) – Feature: Get more with 4-H

Shelbyville, Tenn. – “Get more with Milk” was this past June’s theme for June Dairy Month, of which I was Bedford County’s Chairman. During June I toured dairy farms, gave demonstrations and presentations at community events, such as the Chambers Ice Cream Social, the Farm Bureau Coffee, the Boys and Girls Club and many other dairy events. Full Story

10/19/2017 (Canadian Press) – Baloney Meter: Does the United States protect its dairy producers too?

The United States took aim at one of Canada’s sacred economic cows during the just-completed fourth round of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement — it wants an end to the supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey. Full Story

10/18/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Danone Q3 2017 results accelerated by specialized nutrition segment in China

Danone’s third-quarter sales in 2017 grew by 4.7% to roughly $7.5bn, driven by its booming specialized nutrition business in China, which increased 17.8% in reported sales compared to the previous quarter. Full Story

10/17/2017 (ABC News) – Negotiators give up hope of rewriting NAFTA this year

Talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled over tough American demands, dashing hopes that a deal can be reached this year. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – US and Canada clash over NAFTA dairy trade negotiations

The US has demanded an end to Canada’s supply chain management system for dairy products within the next 10 years as it nears the end of a fourth round of NAFTA talks outside of Washington, D.C. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Food Navigator) – Agri-food mega mergers will push food prices up, report claims

Mega-mergers between the world’s largest agri-food companies will squeeze farmers and push retail prices up, according to a new report. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Food Safety News) – Raw milk dairy out of time to appeal retail license suspension

Unless it’s in the mail, the owners of Pride & Joy Dairy missed the deadline yesterday to respond to Washington state’s suspension of their license to sell raw milk for the retail market. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Newsweek) – President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts in biofuels will hurt American farmers

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts in biofuels will hurt American farmers and create a “cannibalistic” battle between middle American farmers and Big Oil, say four Republican governors in states that backed Trump in the 2016 election. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Morning AgClips) – Olympic hopeful joins milk campaign

Figure skater and U.S. Olympic hopeful Hannah Miller, a Michigan native, recently joined the Milk Life team and Milk Means More campaign. She will serve as an athlete ambassador promoting the benefits of milk as part of a healthy diet on social media and through special appearances. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Reuters) – U.S. Makes NAFTA Dairy Proposal, Eyes Action on Milk Row

U.S. negotiators at talks to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement on Friday formally asked Canada to address a bilateral dispute over dairy pricing, a request the Canadians are set to resist, sources familiar with the talks said. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Independent Tribune) – Dairy group donates milk delivery totes to Rowan Meals on Wheels

The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) recently donated customized, insulated, milk delivery totes to Meals on Wheels of Rowan. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Food Navigator) – Food sector looks to technology, R&D to deliver decarbonization strategy

The UK government and food sector representatives are focusing on increasing collaborative R&D and the adoption of “state-of-the-art” technologies to deliver on goals to “decarbonize” the sector and improve energy efficiency. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Yamika Herald) – More milk samples from Toppenish facility test positive for salmonella

Further test results last week found four more samples of raw milk from Pride and Joy Dairy’s Toppenish facility containing salmonella. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Inside Indiana Business) – BOAH Names Directors

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has promoted: Patrick Hash, director of the dairy division and Nathan Campbell, deputy director of the dairy division. Full Story

10/12/2017 (The Hill) – Working across the aisle to solve problems with our broken immigration system

After a bipartisan evening visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., a few months ago, we found ourselves engaged in a deep conversation about immigration, and the challenges we face. Full Story

10/12/2017 (Food Navigator) – Nestlé pumps €26 million into first Russian infant formula plant

Global food and nutrition firm Nestlé is looking to strengthen its position in the Russian infant formula market, in addition to supporting sport in the Eurasia region with its first infant nutrition production facility. Full Story

10/11/2017 (Times-Journal) – House gets an earful of Farm Bill concerns

Congressman John Faso and SUNY Cobleskill hosted members of the House Agriculture Committee for a listening session on the 2018 Farm Bill. Full Story

10/11/2017 (PR Newswire) – AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge

Students from the Kansas City area were given the unique opportunity to participate in the AdVenture Capital Farm-to-Table Challenge presented by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), and supported by GENYOUth and Midwest Dairy Council. The event fostered student-led, dairy farm-to-table themed ideas to drive changes in their schools and communities. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Milk Business) – U.S. Drives Hard Bargain with Canada

With the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations set to begin in Ottawa, Canada this week, the U.S. dairy industry is taking a hard line to force Canada to drop its supply management pricing structure. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Successful Farming) – With NAFTA talks at crucial point, ag is on the table

The U.S. will put its agricultural trade proposals on the table with Canada as part of this week’s round of negotiations for the new NAFTA, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Full Story

10/10/2017 (The Chronicle) – WSDA Suspends License of Raw Milk Dairy

Concerns over pathogens in raw milk has led the Washington State Department of Agriculture to suspend the processing plant license for Pride and Joy Dairy, Inc. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Miami Herald) – Hundreds of business leaders call on Trump to stick with NAFTA

Hundreds of business leaders from all 50 states have joined forces to increase pressure on President Donald Trump to remain in NAFTA. Full Story

10/9/2017 (Food Safety Network) – FDA warns dairy, bakery, canned food and seafood operators

A Georgia dairy, a Massachusetts bakery, a Texas low-acid food processor, and Alabama seafood processor are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety laws. Full Story

10/6/2017 (Journal Times) – National Cooperative Month observed in October

Members who use the services of a cooperative have a say in its operations, and share in the profits it generates. Cooperatives also often operate with a local focus, taking part in community improvement programs, sponsoring local events and contributing to charities. Full Story

10/6/2017 (KTIC) – American dairy industry wants true free trade with Canada

The fourth round of negotiations to redo the North American Free Trade Agreement take place next week in Washington. Jim Mulhern, CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, says negotiators are planning to put forth proposals on dairy policy and other market access issues U.S. farmers have getting their product into Canada. Full Story

10/5/2017 (AgWired) – Dairy Woman of the Year Shares Checkoff Goals

Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey is being honored at the 2017 World Dairy Expo as this year’s Dairy Woman of the Year. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Bloomberg) – Conservative Groups Hold Up Agriculture Guestworker Bill

Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee succumbed to pressure from a group that backs immigration restrictions and postponed a scheduled markup of legislation to create a new visa program for guest farmworkers, an agriculture advocate following the bill said. Full Story

10/4/2017 (AgWired) – Building Trust Key For U.S. Dairy Industry

Industry representatives at the 2017 World Dairy Expo are focused on building trust with both domestic consumers and those in potential export markets. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Capital Press) – Raw milk dairy’s defiance prompts WSDA’s health alert

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has issued a rare health alert, advising consumers to not drink raw milk from a dairy that refused to halt production pending an investigation into why its milk tested positive for salmonella. Full Story

10/3/2017 (Business Wire) – Global Milk Powder Procurement Market Intelligence Report

An increase in the production and consumption of milk powder in emerging economies such as China, India, and Turkey are likely to drive the growth of the global milk powder market. Full Story

10/3/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – US dairy urges Japan to honor current trade relations amid EU geographical indications review

The US dairy industry has asked Japan to cautiously review a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the EU, which could prevent some cheese products from being sold in the Asian country under specific regionally-protected names. Full Story

10/2/2017 (The Packer) – Ag Act to be introduced this week in House committee

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) will introduce the Agricultural Guestworker Act of 2017, which proposes a new classification of visa for year-round farm labor. Full Story

10/2/2017 (KTIC) – U.S. dairy says japan, EU trade deal must carefully consider geographical indications

The U.S. dairy industry is telling Japan to “proceed with great diligence” as it prepares a list of protected foods under geographic names as part of a trade agreement with the European Union. Full Story

September 2017

9/29/2017 (Progressive Dairyman) – Elanco seeking to sell Posilac, production facility

Elanco Animal Health is ”exploring strategic options” for Posilac, including seeking a buyer for the recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) molecule and its manufacturing facility located in Augusta, Georgia. Full Story

9/29/2017 ( – NAFTA Lost Opportunity and Dairy Processors Struggle

The popular mantra from much of the ag sector as negotiators overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement is “do no harm,” but, according to Agri-Pulse, the very act of renegotiating the massive three-country trade pact may already be costing pork, beef, corn, soybean and wheat exporters in lost opportunity. Full Story

9/29/2017 (Food Safety News) – FDA raw milk petition divides fans; one camp admits hazards

The new strategy to bust loose more territory for retail sales of raw milk has caused the unintended consequence of dividing proponents over a petition asking the Food and Drug Administration to make it happen. Full Story

9/28/2017 (Farm Journal) – Tax Reform Will “Ease Tax Burden on Farmers”

President Trump announced yesterday his vision for tax reform. Tax revisions included lower taxes on corporate profits, incentives for business investment, fewer and lower individual income tax brackets and the end of estate taxes, with the goal of boosting economic growth and benefiting middle-income families. Full Story

9/28/2017 (PR Newswire) – Dairy Testing Market Worth 5.90 Billion USD by 2022

The market is driven by the increase in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, globalization of dairy trade, and stringent safety & quality regulations for food. Full Story

9/28/2017 (Washington Post) – USDA closes investigation into a massive organic farm — but what did it check?

The USDA has closed an investigation into Aurora Organic Dairy, a mega-dairy highlighted in a Post story earlier this year, finding no violations of organic standards. Full Story

9/27/2017 (Moneyish) – Is carbonated milk the next sparkling water?

Got sparkling milk? That’s the million dollar question one dairy company launching a fizzy fruit beverage made from cow’s milk is asking. Full Story

9/26/2017 (The Guardian) – Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals. Full Story

9/26/2017 (The Daily News) – Collins says Labor Secretary can give dairy farms access to H-2A

Thousands of foreign laborers have returned to the state’s farms to push through a harvest of field crops and fruit, but the needs of dairy farms remain unavailable to seasonal H-2A visa holders. Full Story

9/26/2017 (Independent) – Dairy-free milk could lead to iodine deficiency, study finds

The World Health Organisation considers iodine deficiency to be the ‘world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage.’ Full Story

9/25/2017 (Capital Press) – CDFA approves quota plan; vote next

The Quota Implementation Plan would continue the long-standing, producer-funded program that now operates within the state’s marketing order. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Milk Business) – Optimism Wanes For Stronger Milk Prices This Year, Next

Continued strong milk production here and slowing exports have sucked the wind out of the sails of higher milk prices. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – IDFA unhappy over trade agreement terms

The European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been provisionally implemented, however, the US dairy industry isn’t impressed with some European cheese names being protected. Full Story

9/22/2017 (Food Business News) – Adding opportunities for cheese manufacturers

The Food and Drug Administration said Aug. 11 that the agency will “exercise enforcement discretion” regarding the use and labeling of fluid ultrafiltered milk (U.F.) in certain cheeses and cheese-related products. Full Story

9/21/2017 (Water Online) – Washington Dairy Introduces Cutting-Edge Nutrient Removal Solution

All too often, nutrient pollution issues from industrial and agricultural wastewater operations fall on local utilities to solve. But one dairy system in Washington state has taken steps to change this. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Tokyo Olympics spurring dairy protein demand in Japan as wider region anticipates double-digit growth

The 2020 Olympics, 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the aging population are contributing to ‘huge demand’ for protein products across Japan’s sports nutrition and functional food space. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Food Safety News) – New York finds campylobacter bacteria in raw milk

Unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the Martin Yoder Farm should be immediately discarded because it is contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni bacteria. New York officials have prohibited the farm from selling raw milk until further notice. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Bloomberg) – Dairy Co-ops Create New Standards for Grass-Fed Organic Products

New standards for certified grass-fed organic dairy won’t allow cows to have any grain in their diet and will require that they graze at least 150 days a year, the two cooperatives behind the new standards said. Full Story

9/19/2017 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) – EPA to allow use of dicamba next year, but with safeguards

The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to allow farmers to spray the controversial weedkiller dicamba next year, but with additional rules for its use, an official with the agency said on Tuesday. Full Story

9/19/2017 (Detriot Free Press) – Dairy farm owner pleads guilty to using illegal labor

The owner of two Michigan dairy farms pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring workers who were in the U.S. illegally and agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to the government. Full Story

9/19/2017 (WTKR) – Governor McAuliffe, First Lady visit Norfolk elementary school to celebrate success of No Kid Hungry

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe visited Suburban Park Elementary School in Norfolk Wednesday morning to celebrate the 10 millionth meal served since the inception of the No Kid Hungry initiative. Suburban Park Elementary participates in “Breakfast After the Bell,” a program supported by SUDIA that increases access to school breakfast by bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it a part of the school day. Full Story

9/19/2017 (KXTV) – U.S. farms see 20 percent increase in H-2A guest workers

America’s farmers are relying more and more on immigrant “guest workers” to plant and harvest the nation’s crops, data from the U.S. Office of Foreign Labor shows. Full Story

9/19/2017 (Hoosier Ag Today) – BOAH Dairy Division Announces New Leadership

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health will have new leadership at the Dairy Division effective October 1. Full Story

9/18/2017 (WHSV) – Rising farm income may help Valley dairy industry 

Farm profits in the United States are expected to rise for the first time in three years during 2017, according to a recent forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture. The expected boost in income may be a welcome sign to a struggling dairy industry in the Shenandoah Valley. Full Story

9/17/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Why Cows Die

It is a fact of life cows die. Knowing why they die, however, can lead to improved management and fewer losses, say Franklyn Garry and Craig McConnel, veterinarians with Colorado and Washington State Universities, respectively. Full Story

9/15/2017 (Food Safety News) – CDC expands on Texas warning about Brucella in raw milk

A month after Texas public health officials urged raw milk drinkers and their doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of Brucella infection, the federal government weighed in with its own advice. Full Story

9/14/2017 (Real Money) – Butter Up Your Portfolio as Butter Prices Hit Record Highs

The world seems to have fallen in love with butter again after decades of relegation to the “bad foods” list following medical advice to avoid saturated fats. Full Story

9/14/2017 (CNBC) – U.S. wants NAFTA five-year sunset provision -Commerce’s Ross

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that the United States was seeking to add a five-year sunset provision to the North American Free Trade Agreement to provide a regular, “systematic re-examination” of the trade pact. Full Story

9/14/2017 (ABC News) – Spilled milk turns Indiana creek white

Authorities say an accidental milk spill at a food processing business ended up turning a central Indiana creek white. Full Story

9/13/2017 (ScienceNordic) – Full-fat fermented milk products linked to lower risk of stroke

If your daily intake of dairy products leans towards fermented milk products, you probably have a lower risk of developing a blood clot in the brain, shows a new study.  Full Story

9/12/2017 (Yakima Herald) – Washington state dairy wows with innovative water treatment system

Out on the Columbia Basin, a system of worm feces, wood chips and river rocks could spell a new solution to the vexing issue of nitrate pollution and greenhouse gases. Full Story

9/12/2017 (Huff Post) – NFL FLAG in schools

Shortfalls in funding for PE programs – including the equipment and coaching needed for intramural sports programs to thrive and grow – affect many underserved schools and educators nationwide. Full Story

9/11/2017 (Farm Journal) – Down Power, Wind Damage and Dairy Cows Trapped in Irma’s Wake

Last week we reported Florida dairy farmers were preparing for Hurricane Irma. Over the weekend, farmers continued preparation and as Irma made landfall on Sunday, many were ready for the worst but hoping for the best. Some farms made it through the storm with limited damage and others suffered greatly. Full Story

9/11/2017 (NBC News) – Worry About Florida Farmland Advances Along With Irma

The good news is that Hurricane Irma has been downgraded from the most damaging Category 5. The bad news is that more recent refinement in the forecast models now put the still-dangerous Category 3 storm on a collision course with Florida’s $8 billion agricultural economy. Full Story

9/8/2017 (NY Times) – New Study Favors Fat Over Carbs

High carbohydrate intake is associated with a higher risk of mortality, and high fat intake with a lower risk, researchers report. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Beaumont Milk Processor Bottling Water After Harvey Destruction

Instead of bottling milk, a milk processing plant in Beaumont, Texas is bottling water to help residents cope with a lack of drinking water caused by Hurricane Harvey. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Herald-Mail) – Dairy producers may enroll in Margin Protection Program

Secretary Sonny Perdue utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the program for 2018. Full Story

9/6/2017 (Florida Milk Blog) – Dairy farmers in Florida prepare for Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, dairy farmers across the state are preparing to make sure their animals and farms are safe and ready for what’s to come.  Full Story

9/6/2017 (Reuters) – From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the South and Southeastern parts of the United States on Wednesday. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Saputo to acquire Southeast Milk extended shelf-life dairy capabilities

Canadian dairy producer, Saputo, has entered an agreement to acquire the extended shelf-life dairy product capabilities of Southeast Milk Inc. of Florida in a deal worth US$47m. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Motherboard/Vice) – Islands of Starving Cows Discovered After Hurricane Harvey

An aerial survey in east Texas days after Hurricane Harvey has found thousands of cattle stranded on small patches of dry land, still surrounded by deep water. Video footage shows these cow islands, where cattle are at risk of dying due to the lack of food and fresh water. Full Story 

9/4/2017 (San Francisco Chronicle) – In cities and on ranches, planning is key to protect animals during disasters

It is too early to know how many animals were affected by the severe weather spawned by Hurricane Harvey. But it is likely that millions of pets and livestock animals were impacted by this disaster.  Full Story

9/3/2017 (NBC News) – Wisconsin Donating 17,000 Pounds of Cheese to Storm-Battered Houston

There’s one thing Texans hit hard by Hurricane Harvey won’t have to worry about: cheese. Full Story

9/1/2017 (Food Navigator) – NMPF spars with Dannon, Dean Foods, over ‘rampant fear-based marketing’ on GMOs

“Rampant fear-based food marketing” – most notably from brands touting their non-GMO credentials – is damaging consumer trust and “jeopardizing the safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over the last 20 years” says the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in a new marketing campaign that’s been sharply criticized by leading dairy brands. Full Story

August 2017

8/30/2017 (Reuters) – China targets farm waste as a ‘clean’ power source

China will pay farmers to turn animal poo into fertilizer and power, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday, as Beijing cracks down on agricultural pollution that has for years leaked into rivers and lakes, angering Chinese residents. Full Story

8/28/2017 (NMPF) – U.S. and Mexican Dairy Industries Make United Call

The U.S. and Mexican dairy industries released a unified list of priorities today that includes modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to solidify their strong dairy market partnership, and addressing concerns about Canadian and European dairy policies. Full Story

8/27/2017 (Valley News) – Farmers See Organic Milk Prices Drop

A once-hot market for organic milk has cooled, and farmers are paying the price. Full Story

8/24/2017 (Reuters) – U.S. judge tosses lawsuits about labels on Parmesan cheese

A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed lawsuits by consumers who had sued food manufacturers and retailers over their “100% grated Parmesan cheese” labels, alleging they were deceiving buyers because the products actually contained cellulose filling. Full Story

8/24/2017 (Greenfield Recorder) – McGovern, others urge USDA to provide relief to dairy farmers

Several federal lawmakers from Massachusetts joined other Washington lawmakers on Wednesday urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide dairy farmers with relief and new insurance. Full Story

8/23/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Dairy Revenue Varies Widely By State

Dairy revenue can vary as much as two fold across states, based on both milk prices and milk production per cow, according to analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). Full Story

8/22/2017 (Progressive Farmer) – NAFTA, Tax Reform Eyed

U.S. dairy industry has expressed concern about access to Canada’s markets. For starters, Canada over-quota tariffs on U.S. imports stand at 24 percent for fluid milk, 201 percent for skim milk powder, 298 percent for butter and 245 percent for cheese. Full Story

8/22/2017 (University of Wisconsin) – ‘Virtual dairy farm brain’ aims to help farmers make smarter decisions

Dairy farms have embraced a lot of technologies that generate vast amounts of data. The problem is that farmers haven’t been able to integrate this information to improve whole-farm decision-making. Full Story

8/22/2017 (Reuters) – Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says U.S. research

Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to U.S. research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming. Full Story

8/18/2017 (KSHB – Kansas City) – Raw milk’s popularity rises despite laws against its sale

The Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy co-op in the U.S., says pasteurization saves lives. Full Story

8/17/2017 (Thrillist) – Dairy Queen’s ‘Eclipse Deal’ will get you 99-cent Blizzards

Now that the weekend has arrived, it seems like everyone is psyched for the Great American Eclipse. Even milk royalty is pumped.  Full Story

8/16/2017 (WKMS Kentucky) – Kentucky Hunger Initiative Distributes Freezers to Food Banks Struggling with Spoilage

The Kentucky Hunger Initiative is distributing more than 150 donated freezers to food banks across the Commonwealth. Full Story

8/16/2017 (ABC 15) – Buckeye dairy turns cow poop into power

The farm is one of two in the state using what’s called a ‘methane digester’ — a system to, simply put, turn cow waste into usable power. Full Story

8/15/2017 (The Roanoke Times) – Homestead Creamery milkmen deliver dairy and nostalgia

As Justin Carter drives through a Bonsack neighborhood around 6 a.m. Wednesday, the headlights of his Homestead Creamery delivery truck illuminate the otherwise dark and deserted streets. The only other light comes from the moon, still high in the sky. Full Story

8/15/2017 (Farm Journal) – FDA Relaxes Restrictions on UF Milk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is easing its policy on some domestic milk products. It’s a change the dairy industry has been pushing for 20 years, but trade tension with Canada brought it to the forefront. Full Story

8/14/2017 (Agri-Pulse) – Canada takes hard line on dairy ahead of NAFTA talks

Canada’s foreign minister said her country was committed to protecting its supply management system in the NAFTA negotiations that open this week, signaling that Canada intends to take a hard line with the U.S. industry. Full Story

8/14/2017 (Brownfield) – Dairy Margin Protection Plan Signups Delayed

The USDA has delayed signing up dairy farmers for the Margin Protection Program. The widely-criticized program has had sign-up periods extended until late in the year for a few years, but this is the first time the beginning of the sign-ups has been delayed. Full Story

8/14/2017 (Reuters) – NAFTA renegotiations start this week

The Trump administration has set a collision course with the auto industry as it launches renegotiations of the 23-year-old NAFTA trade pact this week, aiming to shrink a growing trade deficit with Mexico and tighten the rules of origin for cars and parts. Full Story

8/10/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Dean Foods shuts down fluid milk processing plant in Virginia

Dean Foods is closing its PET Dairy plant in Richmond, Virginia, as part of a company-wide plan to consolidate operations. Full Story

8/10/2017 (Caswell Messenger) – Fresh from the farm to McDonald’s

The next time you enjoy a tasty ice cream cone, frappe, milkshake or sundae from McDonald’s you may be happy to know that the fresh cream used to make the delectable treat quite possibly came from a local farm in Blanch, NC. Full Story

8/9/2017 (Wall Street Journal) – Dairies’ fix for souring milk sales: Genetics and bananas

Companies bet on genetically screened cows, pureed-fruit options to stand out on grocery shelves. Full Story

8/8/2017 (Forbes) – Walmart moves into the dairy business even as milk consumption drops

Walmart announced its intent to build a dairy processing plant to supply its own store-brand milks back in March 2016; as a result, Dean Foods stock dropped 12 percent. Full Story

8/7/2017 (Tennessean) – Leap of faith: How Hatcher Dairy stayed on the farm with bottling milk

Charles Hatcher walked into the barn with a plastic bottle of milk in his hand. Baby calves bawled in their pens lined with hay, awaiting their breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Next to them, their mothers — 70 to 90 head of dairy cattle — had already produced gallons of milk before the sun rose in the College Grove sky. Full Story

8/3/2017 (PRNewswire/MilkPep) – Experts suggests skipping dairy could have health implications particularly for kids and young adults

From celebrity websites and diet books to popular Instagram feeds and clean eating blogs, it appears to be trendy to ditch dairy. A new survey from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) found six in 10 moms have tried or are currently restricting their intake of dairy. Full Story

8/3/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Opening barn doors opens new opportunities

As farmers, we need to let people see the effort we put forth taking care of our cows and the environment. Full Story

8/1/2017 (eDiaryNews) – U.S. dairy exports up 36 percent from May 2016

According to USDA, U.S. dairy exports were valued at $501.6 million during May, up 36% from May 2016. This is the first time in two years that the monthly value of U.S. dairy exports rose above $500 million. Full Story

July 2017

7/31/2017 (Land O’Lakes Blog) – The Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl kicks off

Dairy farmer Amber Horn-Leiterman helps bring the farm to football. Full Story

7/31/2017 (UK Telegraph) – One in eight young people have never seen a cow in real life

While they may have spotted a cow on television, 12 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds are so unfamiliar with the countryside they have never seen cattle in person. Full Story

7/31/2017 (NPR) – Why we all scream when we get ice cream brain freeze

NPR’s The Salt explains why we get sphenopalatine ganglion neuralgia, aka brain freeze, from eating ice cream. Full Story

7/30/2017 (CBS News) – Frozen custard: Summer’s hottest snack

CBS News Sunday Morning profiled Milwaukee, home of frozen custard. Full Story

7/27/2017 (Courier-Tribune) – N.C. Dairy Bowl team wins Sportsmanship Award

The National Holstein Foundation Dairy Bowl, a premier event designed to test the knowledge of youth, took place at the Holstein Association USA Convention on June 27 and July 1. The North Carolina Dairy Bowl team received the J. George & Anna Smith National Dairy Bowl Sportsmanship Award to recognize their conduct, respect and graciousness. Full Story

7/26/2017 (Dairy Business)  – Vilsack tells House committee NAFTA is essential to U.S. dairy export competitiveness

USDEC president and CEO Tom Vilsack told a House Agriculture Committee that NAFTA is undisputedly the dairy industry’s most important trade deal. Full Story

7/25/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Hilmar Cheese to end rBST use

Hilmar Cheese has notified its farmers that they need to cease rBST use by June 2018. The announcement comes in reaction to consumer demand rather than the fact it’s been used for years and proven to be safe. Full Story

7/25/2017 (Fox Business News) – McDonald’s shares rise as discount soda, premium sandwiches power sales beat

McDonald’s is reporting better-than-expected revenue in the second quarter, crediting its “Signature Crafted” offerings and $1 soda promotion. Full Story

7/24/2017 (Connecticut Magazine) – Teen entrepreneur awarded $10,000 grant for ice cream invention

Hannah Pucci had only a few minutes to explain her invention and business concept at the CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards in June. The 16-year-old student at Danbury High School was presenting in front of a panel of entrepreneurial experts for the chance to win a $10,000 grant to advance her invention, Egghead Ice Cream. Full Story

7/24/2017 (Capital Press) – Robotic milkers popular despite dairy slump

Robotic milkers remain popular among dairymen despite the slump in milk prices due to fears of worker shortages. Full Story

7/24/2017 (DMI/Staff Reports) – Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods

Amazon purchased grocery retailer, Whole Foods, for $13.8 billion, its largest acquisition yet. Analysts claim this is a “game changer” for the food industry and predict this will be a major disruptive force in the food retail space. While 98 percent of the $800 billion retail food industry is still conducted in brick and mortar stores, online grocery retail is on a fast trajectory and analysts predict by 2025 it will attain 20 percent market penetration.

In 2012, Amazon filed a patent called “Physical Store Online Shopping Control,” which was awarded just before the purchase. The patent will allow Amazon to limit searches of competitors while consumers are in a physical store and it will also allow Amazon to capture and understand in-store behavior, traffic and buying patterns in retail, just as it does online. The patent will help Amazon to study offline/in-store behavior, helping them bridge this data to create interactive, personalized store experiences. It could have positive implications for dairy in terms of leveraging data to drive more dairy purchases in-store.

7/24/2017 (DMI/Staff Reports) – Blockchain may increase confidence in dairy

Several disruptive digital technologies that have the power to transform agriculture are on the rise. One of interest to the dairy industry is Blockchain, an incorruptible, electronic ledger that can track each transaction of a food item’s journey through the food chain. The potential of Blockchain’s infrastructure provides true digital transparency through the supply chain and could potentially lead to increased consumer trust in dairy.

7/24/2017 (DMI/Staff Reports) – Per capita dairy consumption increasing

Per capita domestic dairy consumption has grown steadily from 1.83 servings of dairy per day in 1980 to 2.04 servings per day in 2015, thanks in part to work of the dairy checkoff. Specific points of impact driven by the checkoff include the New Look of School Milk, the debut of round re-sealable milk bottles in quick-serve restaurants, the pizza cheese revitalization with Domino’s spurring a turnaround of the entire pizza category and real butter and all-day breakfast at McDonald’s restaurants.

Looking to 2050, assuming per capita consumption continues to grow and cow productivity continues to increase at the same rate, projections indicate reaching 2.27 dairy servings per day is attainable and potentially even conservative meaning positive implications for moving more milk. If U.S. milk production follows the previous 25-year growth pattern in leading up to 2050, we have a great opportunity with additional supply to be an even bigger player in the global marketplace. The production versus domestic consumption gap would need to be filled by exports meaning 25 percent of total U.S. milk production goes overseas.

7/21/2017 (New York Times) – A way to extend her W.N.B.A. career? Opening an ice cream parlor

(ATLANTA) Some professional athletes (hello, Roger Federer) try to preserve their bodies by skipping a few competitions. Others, like many baseball and basketball players, take a seat on the bench a little more often late in the season if the games are inconsequential.

Then there is Angel McCoughtry, one of the top scorers in the W.N.B.A. At age 30, her body was signaling that it needed a break, so she devised what might be the most novel approach yet by a professional athlete looking to extend a career. She stepped away from her sport for a season and opened an ice cream parlor. Full Story

7/21/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Rising milkfat use means long-term benefits for U.S. dairy

The value of milkfat has increased significantly in the U.S. market driven by changing consumer attitudes towards high-fat dairy products, according to new analysis by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). Full Story