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The Minnesota Milk Producers Association welcomed two new directors and two new executive committee members during their 2018 annual meeting and Minnesota Milk Conference and Expo held Nov. 27-29 in Welch, Minn.

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A panel of trendsetters from across the food value chain will share insights on both the opportunities and potential pitfalls of changing consumer preferences at the Professional Dairy Producers’ Dairy Food and Policy Summit set Dec. 19-20 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.

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Food pantries throughout the United States are taking in 141,330 pounds of Cheddar cheese in an effort to boost class III milk prices while filling the kitchens of needy families across the country.

In August, Cargill launched the #putyourherdfirst campaign to support The Great American Milk Drive. More than 65,000 people engaged with the campaign on Facebook and Cargill is extremely proud to announce that all 200 food banks in the Feeding America network will receive 500 servings of milk.

BARABOO — In the first grade, Karen Kelley told her classmates that she wanted to marry a dairy farmer. She found that dairy farmer in husband Tim — their marriage a decision she never regrets, ever.

Wisconsin cheesemakers continued their international winning streak at the World Cheese Awards in Bergen, Norway this month. The state took home 24 awards — about a quarter of the total awards given to the United States, including a “Major Winner” award in the “Best Vintage Cheddar” category.

The Wisconsin Holstein Association is seeking candidates for two internships in 2019. Two opportunities are available for college-aged students looking to gain experience in event planning, communications and public relations.

Every farm and farmer is different and that should come into consideration when looking at implementing technology such as automated milking systems on the farm, Iowa State University Extension dairy field specialist Larry Tranel said during a recent Hoard’s Dairyman webinar.

The Food and Drug Administration’s public comment period on food labeling standards governing plant-based milks will close Nov. 27, prompting dairy organizations such as the National Milk Producers Federation to encourage farmers to weigh in on the importance of accurate, consistent and lega…

Members of the Price Volatility and Profitability sub-committee of the Dairy Task Force 2.0 gathered Oct. 29 in Black River Falls to compile suggestions on the topic for the larger committee. Committee members dug into the dairy price issue, focusing on cost of production, price volatility, …

Matt Gould, analyst and editor of the Dairy and Food Market Analyst newsletter, said in the Nov. 5 Dairy Radio Now broadcast that while 2018 is the fourth year in a row of poor farm-level milk prices, there are some positives — strong domestic demand for cheese and butter, plus global dairy …

College students with an interest in dairy can apply to be a dairy ambassador in one of eight states across the Midwest. The Dairy Ambassador program provides students with leadership opportunities to connect with consumers and share their dairy story while networking with their peers and in…

The Minnesota Milk Producers Association recently took action against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regarding an extension of the 30-day comment period for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet submitted by Daley Farm of Lewiston, Minn., in support of their expansion and modernizati…

Strong gains in milk per cow kept U.S. milk output above that of a year ago for the 58th consecutive month. Preliminary September data in the top 23 producing states shows output at 16.4 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from September 2017. The 50-state total, at a slightly bullish 17.38 billi…

MADISON — Attendees to the last Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Dairy Exchange of the year are typically treated to something “outside of the box,” said DATCP secretary Sheila Harsdorf. The final Dairy Exchange of 2018 on Oct. 23 was no exception, with atte…

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress Oct. 17 that the Trump Administration intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

On hot days, the cows at Rosy-Lane Holsteins are given cool showers while they’re being milked. And the farm’s newborn calves are housed in pairs to enhance their social and cognitive development.

MADISON — A 2018 producer survey administered by the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin has revealed some key learnings — and challenges — with staff at the former Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board more determined than ever before to reach the very farmers supporting many of the organization’s programs.

MADISON — It may not seem like the most opportune time to enter dairy farming, but Gary Sipiorski, dairy development manager with Vita Plus, says young people can successfully get started in the business if they do their homework and keep a few key principles in mind.

For only the second time in World Dairy Expo’s 52-year history, the Supreme Champion of the Junior Show and the Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo are the same cow. Cutting Edge T Delilah, exhibited by Kyle Barton of Copake, N.Y., was named the Grand Champion Brown Swiss and the 2018 Supre…

MADISON — A handful of dairy industry stakeholders met in Madison Oct. 8 for the inaugural meeting of the Dairy Food Safety Alliance, a group designed to deliver the latest in food safety news to dairy product manufacturers, processors and their suppliers.

The final numbers are in, and attendance was down at this year’s World Dairy Expo, which wrapped up Oct. 6 in Madison. Meanwhile, record participation was noted in the trade show, as well as in the event’s many youth contests.

The National Dairy FARM Program has announced the launch of its fourth program area, FARM Workforce Development. The initiative provides U.S. dairy farm owners and managers with educational tools that offer best management practices around human resources — including hiring, training and sup…

The Agriculture Department raised its 2018 and 2019 milk production estimates in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report due to a more rapid pace of growth in milk per cow and increased cow numbers for 2019.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Milk Cooler Grants. The agency will award up to $22,500 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota dairy by adding milk coolers to their nutrition programs.

The Wisconsin Farmers Union in statement clarified the actual impact that the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal will have on the U.S. dairy industry. The U.S. Trade Representative reports that the deal would open the door for an additional $560 million worth of U.S. dairy prod…

Operating a successful dairy in today’s complex and volatile dairy business environment requires not only top-notch management of animals and employees, but also a solid understanding of financial management, reporting and planning.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the UW System have announced the meeting schedule for the nine sub-committees of the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0. At the August Task Force meeting, members created nine sub-committees on which they volunteered to s…

Maple Fudge Of 12 Oaks, owned by Colton and Ashley Brandel of Lake Mills, was named Grand Champion Female in the International Milking Shorthorn Show on Oct. 3 at World Dairy Expo in Madison.

Just in time for the dairy industry to gather for World Dairy Expo in Madison, milk prices offered a glimmer of hope, shooting to their highest level all year. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 3 announcement of the class and component prices for September milk, Class III mi…

MADISON — Twenty-five percent of the Selz-Pralle Dairy milking herd in Humbird has produced more than 100,000 pounds of milk over their lifetime. In fact, 29 cows have produced more than 150,000 pounds lifetime and 25 have produced more than 200,000 pounds. One of their cows, Aftershock 3918…

Last week’s Global Dairy Trade auction was overshadowed by the 11th-hour announcement the last day of September that the U.S. and Canada reached an agreement, keeping the North American Free Trade Agreement a three-country agreement. It will be referred to as the U.S. Mexico, Canada Agreemen…

MADISON — The Dairy Revenue Protection program, an insurance policy managed similarly to other crop insurance programs, rolled out Oct. 9, allowing dairy farmers to buy coverage quarterly in 2019. The federal program is designed to ensure revenue — not margin — on dairy farms, giving farmers…

Wisconsin dairy processors can apply for Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Dairy Processor Grants intended to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities. 

August butter stocks saw another good drawdown but remain above those a year ago, according to the Agriculture Department’s latest and slightly bullish Cold Storage report. The Aug. 31 inventory fell to 290.8 million pounds, down 27.5 million pounds, or 8.6 percent, from July but 10.6 millio…