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Dairy Industry Launches Marketing Campaign

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The dairy industry has launched a multi-year marketing campaign promoting more than just milk. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, in partnership with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, has launched “Undeniably Dairy,” showcasing the “undeniable taste and enjoyment” that comes from dairy products. A marketing executive at Dairy Management Inc. said in a statement that the campaign “is about …

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Roberts, Stabenow, Pressing USDA on Canada Dairy Policy

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders want the Department of Agriculture to address a dairy pricing issue between the U.S. and Canada. Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow are pressing USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office to provide continued engagement with Canada over its dairy pricing policies that are harmful to U.S. dairy producers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny …

Lygus Trap Crops in Strawberries

Aria Wilcox Fruits & Vegetables

Strawberry growers and pest control advisors heard how one of the bigger berry companies is using trap crops to prevent insect damage. Driscoll’s Research Scientist Diego Nieto presented at UC ANR’s Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day about trials looking at trap crops for pest management. Nieto said they are using alfalfa to attract and keep lygus bug populations away from …

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Study: U.S. Meat Sales to Reach $100 Billion

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Poultry

A new report projects that demand for meat and poultry will continue to drive sales in the U.S., helping total retail sales reach $100 billion by 2021. The report by market research firm Packaged Facts says meat and poultry products are consumer favorites, food industry mainstays and protein powerhouses, all factors that will keep the U.S. animal protein industry growing. …

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NCC Statement on US-China Preliminary Trade Agreement on Beef, Poultry

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Trade

“This announcement is a positive development and a testament to the administration’s work to break down some of the existing obstacles that have been preventing U.S. chicken from regaining access to the Chinese market,” said National Chicken Council President Mike Brown.  “With the announcement of U.S. beef access to China, we encourage the administration to continue their work to remove …

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Initial Results of the 100-Day Action Plan of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

President of the United States Donald Trump and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping agreed at their Mar-a-Lago meeting to advance U.S. – China economic cooperation with a 100-day action plan under the framework of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. Under the leadership of the co-chairs, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of …

China to Resume U.S. Beef Imports

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Trade

The White House announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with China that will restore U.S. beef access to that country. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden issued the following statement: “After being locked out of the world’s largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports …

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Dairy Industry Eager to Work With U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The dairy industry is eager to work with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to protect and expand market access for U.S. dairy while addressing problematic Canadian dairy policies, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) said today following Lighthizer’s Senate confirmation. Lighthizer will begin work on a variety of pressing trade policy issues, including …

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WASDE Report Shows Increase in Livestock and Poultry Production

Dan Dairy & Livestock

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released their May World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report this week, and in the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section, it notes that total red meat and poultry production for 2018 is projected to be higher than 2017 due to an increase in livestock and poultry production. Cattle placements during second half 2017 and …

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2016 California Raisin Grape Mechanical Harvest Report

Dan Crop Forecast, Nuts & Grapes

Total acreage harvested by mechanical means was 45,903, just over 29 percent of the State’s total raisin-type grape acreage, according to the Pacific Region Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Overhead Trellis Management System was used on 13,404 bearing acres in 2016, accounting for 8.5 percent of the total raisin-type grape acreage. Fresno and Madera County growers have …

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2017 California Almond Forecast

Dan Crop Forecast, Nuts & Grapes

The initial subjective forecast for the 2017 California almond production is 2.2 billion pounds. Forecasted production is 2.8 percent above last year’s production of 2.14 billion pounds. Forecasted bearing acreage for 2017 is 1,000,000. Forecasted yield is 2,200 pounds per acre, down 3.5 percent from the 2016 yield of 2,280 pounds per acre. The subjective production forecast is based on …

PMA: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Taylor Hillman Labor and Immigration, Technology

“Work smarter, not harder” was an often-said phrase at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Tech Knowledge Symposium. The annual event is in its fourth year and aims to establish relationships between entrepreneurs and members from all aspects of the food chain. Labor challenges in agriculture are only getting worse with less available workers and increasing costs. PMA’s Chief Science and …

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Robotic Apple Picker a labor Solution for Orchards

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

A robotic apple picker is inching closer to commercialization and possible relief from labor issues for the nation’s apple growers. Abundant Robotics is in the process of perfecting a prototype that can pick one apple every one to two seconds, possibly giving the apple industry a solution to labor challenges. Company leaders tell Farm Journal’s AgWeb that the goal is …

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Another Study Calls Dairy Fats OK

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Another study suggests that dairy fats do not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The Study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, concluded that consumption of dairy fats had a “neutral” effect on human health. A researcher leading the study at England’s Reading University said: “There’s been a lot of publicity over the last five to ten …

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USDA Announces Delay, Reconsideration of Organic Livestock Rule

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced it would delay implementation of the final Organic Livestock Standards rule until November 14th, 2017. The rule was published in January in the final days of the Obama administration, and USDA is taking an additional six months to allow time for further consideration. The effective date for this rule was initially March 20th, 2017, …

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NMPF April Dairy Market Report

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The April Dairy Market Report has fluid milk sales showing the lowest volume decline in almost a year during November 2016–January 2017. American-type cheese consumption continued to outpace that of other cheeses during the same period. American-type cheese exports showed positive growth for the first time in more than a year during December 2016–February 2017. U.S.exports of dry ingredient products …

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Community Helps School Garden

Dan Education, Fruits & Vegetables, This Land of Ours

A lot can happen when the community comes together. Cathy Isom tells us about the Colorado elementary school going the extra mile to make students get a healthy lunch. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Healthy food in school-provided lunches has long been a topic of concern for parents at one elementary school in Arvada, Colorado. That’s …