On Nov. 7, the deans of the colleges of agriculture at UW–Madison, UW–Platteville and UW–River Falls formally launched the newly funded Dairy Innovation Hub with a conference call that included members of the initiative’s advisory council.

OREGON — The morning before agriculture journalist Pete Hardin was to present on Wisconsin’s dairy industry, a historic announcement was made — Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer, had filed for bankruptcy, the biggest bankruptcy ever in the history of the U.S. dairy industry. And wh…

MADISON — Norm Munsen, a dairy market specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, wanted to make something clear when addressing a large group gathered for the final Dairy Exchange of 2019: DATCP didn’t order the record-breaking snow Madison received…

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has announced registration is open for CheeseExpo 2020, set for April 14-16 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Details are available now at CheeseExpo.org.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection invites Wisconsin dairy processors to apply for the next round of Dairy Processor Grants through Dec. 13. The funding is intended to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsi…

Cutting Edge T Delilah, owned by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, N.Y., made history for a second year in a row on Oct. 5, becoming only the second Brown Swiss to ever claim back-to-back World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion titles.

MADISON — According to Dairy Management, Inc., 94% of U.S. households still have milk in their fridges. That shakes out to 117 million U.S. households buying milk, generating $13.8 billion in sales. Beverage companies have not turned away from milk either, spending over $250 million in consu…

From improving human nutrition to assuring clean water to growing the farm economy while caring for animals, the Dairy Innovation Hub will harness the intellectual and creative power of three University of Wisconsin institutions to address the most complex challenges facing the state’s dairy…

MADISON — When Renee Clark’s grandfather bought their family’s farm near Platteville in 1947, he began milking 13 cows in a stanchion barn. His sons, Louie and George, continued the tradition, eventually taking over the farm and making way for the third generation: Renee and her husband, Mat…

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Brad Peck acknowledges it is challenging being a dairy farmer, between rising production costs and prices that rarely cover expenses.

This January, hundreds of dairy farmers from throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation will come to the Monona Terrace in Madison for Dairy Strong — a conference and trade show that brings industry professionals and dairy farmers of all sizes together to learn, engage and explore what…

Over the past four years, 7,339 dairy farms have gone out of business in the United States. Dairy farmers nationwide are facing their fourth straight year of negative income, due to dairy markets that chronically fail to successfully align the milk supply with profitable demand.

World Dairy Expo has added Fitting & Showmanship Achievement Awards and an Overall Fitter Award to its 2019 youth contests. These new awards will be presented during the WDE Youth Showmanship Contest on Oct. 3 in the Coliseum and the Youth Fitting Contest on Sept. 29 in the Sale Pavilion…

Launched this month, World Dairy Expo’s mobile event app is the newest tool to help attendees plan their time at WDE 2019, Oct. 1-5. This free app, for both Android and iOS users, is built to easily allow attendees the opportunity to personalize their time at Expo. The app includes features …

TAYLOR — Wet pastures were on the minds of graziers even before parts of the state saw up to 10 inches of rain for the week ending Sept. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Wisconsin Crop Progress and Condition report.

MADISON — More than 70,000 people from across the globe are expected to head to Madison next week for the 53rd annual World Dairy Expo, the world’s largest event dedicated to everything dairy. This year’s theme for the big event is “Tools for Dairy’s Progress,” which is especially timely as …

Milk-n-More Tequila Naomi, a seven-year-old Jersey bred and owned by Milk-n-More Farms of Cecil, has been named the 2019 Wisconsin Cow of the Year. Naomi will be recognized with the honor at a special ceremony Oct. 2 during World Dairy Expo.

The dairy farms attendees of World Dairy Expo will see during the virtual farm tour will look much different than the dairy farms that Mike and Sue Fischer of Hatley and Mike and Lori Paulus of Fredonia founded in the 1970s.

World Dairy Expo’s participating companies will showcase their latest research, products and services to help dairy producers improve their operations during new, educational Knowledge Nook Sessions. These educational sessions will benefit both attendees and companies alike, as they provide …

The World Dairy Expo Exhibitor Locator was up-to-date at press time. The latest exhibitor updates are available at worlddairyexpo.com. Click on the “Attendee Information” tab and go to “Participating Companies.”

DODGEVILLE — Those who attended the Southwest Wisconsin Grazing Network’s final pasture walk of 2019 were not only treated to knowledge and good conversation last week, but also cold beer at the conclusion of the event, which happened to take place on a warm afternoon in the pastures of Gras…

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship launched a new online platform designed to showcase Master farms and attract more qualified candidates to the Apprenticeship opportunities. DGA is a nonprofit organization with a federally recognized National Apprenticeship in managed-grazing dairy production.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association is calling for nominations of individuals to be considered for formal recognition in 2020 for their outstanding contributions to the dairy processing industry. Association members have through Aug. 16 to make their recommendations for the following awards.

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers recently signed the state’s 2019-21 biennial budget, providing $8.8 million in funding for broadly defined dairy research at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls, a move dairy supporters from across the state are applauding.

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is teaming up with the Milwaukee Brewers all season long to highlight the importance of Wisconsin’s signature industry for consumers and to honor Wisconsin dairy farmers with numerous activities and an Aug. 11 Farmers Appreciation Day and pre-game tailgate.

The Agriculture Department’s latest Crop Progress report shows 98% of U.S. corn has emerged, as of the week ending July 7, up from 94% the previous week and just 2% below a year ago and the five year average. 57% of the crop is rated good to excellent, down from 75% a year ago.

Dairy farmers, allied members of the dairy community and guests are invited to attend annual policy picnics July 17-18, co-hosted by Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and held at four locations over two days on member farms. Each free policy picnic will include a m…

A true Wisconsin original, the first ice cream sundae was invented in Two Rivers. In 1881, a customer at Edward C. Berner’s soda fountain asked for his ice cream topped with chocolate sauce. Previously, chocolate sauce was reserved only for ice cream sodas. Originally this new combination wa…

MADISON — Registration is open now for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Young Professionals outing to a Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park on Friday, Aug. 9. Seating is limited, so reserve tickets at WisCheeseMaker.org.

The Agriculture Department announced the June Federal order benchmark milk price at $16.27 per hundredweight, down 11 cents from May but $1.06 above June 2018 and is $1.84 above what California’s 4b cheese milk price was in June 2018. While down from May, it’s the highest Class III price sin…

PLAINVIEW — With alfalfa in the crop rotation and pastureland in the mix, Stacy Miller’s 350-acre dairy farm already played a role in filtering runoff flowing toward the Mississippi River. With a new lagoon and nutrient management plan, the 85-cow operation now does even more to protect grou…

Dairy manufacturers from throughout the state submitted a record number 445 entries for the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest, which took place June 20 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The contest featured 39 classes, including a new division for milk.