Will you come back to milk?

Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI) has formed partnerships with seven companies in an effort to reverse the downward trend of fluid milk consumption.  The companies: Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk Incorporated and Coca-Cola have committed more than $500 million collectively… Read more »

National Milk Producers welcome new members

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday. The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association, Mount Joy,… Read more »

Another questionable dairy study

A new study published in the British Medical Journal this week says people who drank three-or-more glasses of milk a day not only saw no reduction in broken bones but were twice as likely to die earlier than those who consumed less than one glass a day. The study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden… Read more »

Margin Protection Program deadline extended

  USDA is extending the signup period for the dairy Margin Protection Program to December 5th.   Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told the annual meeting of the National Milk Producers Federation; “We want dairy producers to have enough time to make thoughtful and well-studied choices.” In addition, the Secretary announced the deadline for comment on the… Read more »

Immigration and trade up next for NMPF

The leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation says immigration reform and further opening of foreign markets are the top priorities for 2015.  Speaking the group’s annual meeting in Texas on Tuesday: NMPF board chair Randy Mooney and president and CEO Jim Mulhern said while they will continue to work with USDA if fine-tuning the… Read more »

Kids need cow’s milk for Vitamin D

Canadian researchers say children who do not consume cow’s milk may not be getting enough Vitamin D.  The study, published in the online Canadian Medical Association Journal tracked the vitamin D blood levels in 2,831 children under age 6. About 10 percent of the children drank only milk from sources other than cows.  Those children were… Read more »

Significant growth in dairy exports

Allen Sayler, managing partner with the Center for Food Safety and Regulatory Solutions (CFSRS) presenting some interesting export and production numbers to the American Dairy Products Institute Technical Symposium last week.  He notes that in 2003 the U.S. produced 170 billion pounds of milk and exported 9.7 billion pounds.  In 2013 we produced over 201… Read more »

Dairy MPP sign-up deadline November 28

A reminder for dairy producers the deadline to sign-up for the Margin Protection Program is November 28th.  There are several on-line worksheets available to help producers determine what level of coverage would be best for their operation should they decide to participate.  The National Milk Producers Federation has a worksheet available on their website as… Read more »

Study finds the dairy farmers care for animals

A National Milk Producers Federation report indicates dairy farmers continue to adopt high-quality animal care. Federation spokesman Chris Galen says the report quantifies the practices of farmers participating in the industry’s National Dairy FARM Program – Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. “The FARM Program is about continuous improvement, it’s not about trying to flunk people out… Read more »

Training on dairy Margin Protection Program offered

Purdue Extension will offer a series of training sessions to help dairy producers understand the details of the Margin Protection Program as part of the new farm bill. The first four meetings will be presented by Chris Wolf, Michigan State University ag economics professor who was integral in developing the analytical tools for MPP; the… Read more »