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Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Honors Farms, Businesses for Sustainable Practices

Sustainability Award Winners

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers and leading companies, announced its eighth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners during a May 8 ceremony in Rosemont, Illinois. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. Award winners represent U.S. dairy’s commitment to sustainability, demonstrating how transparency …

USDA Announces March Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Third 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

March Income on Feed

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced last week that the March 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.85 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), offers …

DMI Names Harden to Lead Global Environmental Strategy

Krysta Harden

Krysta Harden, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been named Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). At a time when telling the story of U.S. dairy’s positive environmental contributions has never been more important, Harden will be tasked with driving the dairy checkoff’s environmental sustainability strategy.   “Dairy farmers …

Organic stakeholders gather in D.C. to talk politics, trends, challenges, and more!

Hemp Legalization

From an insider’s look into the upcoming presidential race, to opportunities for organic with the legalization of industrial hemp, to how organic can be accessible and affordable for more of our changing population and still fetch a fair price for producers, the Organic Trade Association’s Bold Ideas + Critical Conversations conference later this month will challenge and energize participants during …

Economic Analysis: Grain Exports Offer Billions in Benefits Beyond the Farm

Grain Exports

A new study shows access to international export markets for U.S. grains supported nearly $38 billion in business sales in the U.S. economy during 2016 beyond the value of the products themselves. The analysis commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) found a total economic impact of U.S. grains exports of $55 billion …

California Fresh Fruit Association Names Ian Lemay New President

Ian LeMay

(May 13, 2019 Fresno, CA) – Today, Randy Giumarra, the Chairman of the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) Board of Directors announced that Ian LeMay will serve as the new president of CFFA. LeMay will succeed GeorgeRadanovich, who has held the position since 2016 and will be leaving CFFA to promote sound ag labor policy inWashington, DC. Chairman Giumarra stated …

Polyploidy – or how do we get seedless fruit?

Having an odd number of chromosomes can produce sterile – and seedless fruit. Spitting out watermelon seeds can be a summertime rite of passage for some folks. Others like their watermelons seedless. How did those seedless watermelons (and other plants) come about? The May 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains the topic of polyploidy. “Plants can have multiple sets of chromosomes, which …

NASS Predicts Another Record-Breaking Almond Crop

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting a record California almond crop for the upcoming production year. According to the NASS 2019 California Almond Subjective Forecast issued today, California almond orchards are expected to produce 2.50 billion pounds of nuts this year, up 8.69% from last year’s 2.30 billion-pound …

Kiwifruit Administrative Committee Board of Directors Nominations Underway – Industry Members Sought to Serve

The California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee will conduct its annual election of kiwifruit growers to serve as members and alternates for a two-year term from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2021. Nominations are being for Districts 1 and 2. District 1 encompasses production areas in Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties and District 2 encompasses Tulare County. Nomination forms were mailed …

Western Growers Statement on California DPR Ban on Chlorpyrifos

In response to yesterday’s announcement that the California Department of Pesticide Residue (DPR) is acting to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “California farmers are universally committed to the safety of their food, the health of their workers and communities, and the sustainability of their land. At every …

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