dairy fats

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 …

organic livestock

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, …

april dairy market report

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 …

community

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 …

Changes Needed in Farm Bill Safety Net Outlined at Senate Hearing

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Legislative

Dairy farmers in Michigan and across the nation need federal lawmakers to revise the safety net created in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide them adequate risk management protection, according to a dairy farmer from eastern Michigan who testified in Frankenmuth on Saturday at a Senate hearing. Darrin Siemen of Harbor Beach, Mich., told a Senate Agriculture Committee field hearing …

conservation grasslands

Federal Policies on Rural Issues Gain Attention

Aria Wilcox Environment, Field & Row Crops, General

After a week in which the Trump administration turned its attention to policies that affect farmers and ranchers, California agricultural leaders said they’re encouraged by much of what they heard. Soon after Sonny Perdue was confirmed as U.S. agriculture secretary last week, President Donald Trump met with farmers, signed executive orders and introduced a tax plan that includes repeal of …

beef exports

Record Volume for U.S. Pork Exports in March; Beef Exports Remain Strong

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

U.S. pork and beef exports capped a strong first quarter with excellent March results that included a new record volume for pork, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports reached 227,955 metric tons (mt) in March, up 16 percent year-over-year and topping the previous monthly high set in November 2016. …

roberts

NMPF Urges Dairy Imitators to Comply with Food Labeling Standards

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

America’s dairy farmers have a clear message for plant-based food companies that have been meeting in California this week to assess the consistency of the labeling of their products: Dairy imitators must start complying with federal regulations that require foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt to be made from real milk. “At a time when consumers want …

Soggy Fields slow Start of Rice Planting

Aria Wilcox Field & Row Crops

Time is running out for California rice farmers whose fields remain too wet for planting. All last month, the Sacramento Valley should have been buzzing with tractors working the ground in preparation for seeding. Instead, soggy weather kept many farmers twiddling their thumbs or biting their nails as they waited for their fields to dry out. “It’s really getting nerve-racking …

nmpf

NMPF, USDEC Organize Dairy Fly-In on Capitol Hill to Build Support for Trade with Canada, Mexico

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. dairy leaders from across the country visited Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress and Trump Administration officials to hold Canada accountable for its trade violations and hasten the repeal of Canada’s controversial new dairy pricing system. During a fly-in rally organized Tuesday and Wednesday by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), …

beef processors

NM Attorney Launches Probe of U.S. Beef Processors

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

New Mexico’s Attorney General is launching a probe into the business practices of some of the nation’s largest beef processors. He contends the state’s ranchers and cattle farmers are being “harmed by out-of-state corporations.” The Attorney General, Hector Balderas, says he’s concerned about the “unfair and anti-competitive practices” of companies like Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods, and the National Beef Packing …

syngenta

Minnesota Court Delays Syngenta Lawsuit Hearing

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

The Associated Press reports that the first of literally tens of thousands of lawsuits against Syngenta has been delayed until July. The suits accuse the Swiss agribusiness company of introducing a genetically engineered corn variety before China had approved it for imports, thereby causing farmers economic harm. The case was supposed to go to trial last week in a Minnesota …

lemons

Argentine Lemons Entering U.S. Market Despite Objections

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

The Trump administration is moving to permanently allow Argentine lemons to enter the U.S. market. This is despite objections from California citrus growers and warnings of dire consequences for California lemons, including exposing the industry to new pests and diseases. “It is evident that the California citrus industry is the pawn in a greater trade deal between the Trump administration …

welfare standards

Organic Farmers Push for Welfare Standards Implementation

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Organic dairy and livestock farmers are pushing for Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to let animal welfare standards formed at the end of the Obama Administration to go into effect. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the farmers argue that the long sought-after rules will give consumers what they want. The measure has long been supported by the USDA’s Organic Advisory Board …

cotton

Conaway Disappointed Cotton, Dairy Farmers Left in the Lurch

Dan Cotton, Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement concerning the exclusion of critical help for cotton and dairy farmers from the omnibus appropriations bill. “It is no secret that times are extremely difficult in farm and ranch country right now, with net farm income down 50 percent from where it stood just four years ago. It …

Almond Growers Check Effects of Rain at Bloom

Aria Wilcox Nuts & Grapes, Tree, nut & vine crops, Weather

Frequent rains and wind caused a few hurdles for California almond growers, whose orchards could have benefited from more calm weather to encourage fly time from honeybees to pollinate and set the 2017 crop. As farmers evaluate their orchards in advance of the first official government estimate, they say the almond crop looks good, all things considered. The U.S. Department …

dairy industry

Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) – particularly by the European Union (EU). The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s …