National Updates

Keep up with the latest national dairy news

August 2017

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 (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