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Slowdown in Consumer Spending will Create Headwinds for the U.S. Rural Economy in 2024

The U.S. economy has remained remarkably steady despite an unrelenting series of shocks over the last three years. America’s economic resilience was again on display throughout 2023, as the Federal Reserve continued the most aggressive round of interest rate hikes the country has seen in more than 40 years. Steadfast consumer spending has fueled the economy through much of the …

California Dairy Innovation Center Announces 2024 Conference & Schedule For Hands-On Dairy Products Education

The California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC) announced the latest short courses to be offered in 2024, as well as dates for the second Dairy Products, Processing, and Packaging Innovation Conference. The Dairy Products Processing and Packaging Innovation Conference returns to Shell Beach, Calif., February 27-29, 2024. The conference will feature presentations on packaging innovation by McKinsey & Company and dairy …

Legislation to Help California Dairy Producers Impacted by Flooding

Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-22) introduced the Emergency Assistance for Dairy Producers Act. This legislation aims to ensure dairy producers impacted by California’s historic storms this year can qualify for Commodity Credit Corporation emergency assistance funds. “This year’s storms and flooding had a severe impact on parts of the Central Valley. Ensuring our communities have the resources needed to recover …

Real California Milk Brings Back Cheese Wreath Kit, Giving Back To Communities In Need

In celebration of the holidays, today the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) released its second collaboration with cheese shop Lady & Larder – the California Cheese Wreath Kit, a collection of Real California cheeses, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, and other items used to create an edible arrangement for seasonal gatherings and gift giving. In the spirit of giving, for each …

Streamlining Requirements for USDA Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has waived certain notice of loss requirements for 2023 for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). In an effort to streamline assistance to support access to critical 2023 natural disaster recovery assistance, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is waiving the requirement to submit ELAP or LIP notices of loss within …

Considering the Livestock Risk Protection Program for Your Dairy

As dairy producers increase their investment in beef to diversify their income amidst lower milk prices, they may want to consider protecting their investment with the USDA’s Livestock Risk Protection program.  Watch this brief interview with Matt Wolf from Ever.Ag, as he explains why. Please thank this video’s sponsor afimilk for their industry support.

Exploring Options for Safe Use and Reduction of Nitrates on Dairies

As California dairy producers actively work to provide environmental solutions and a sustainable future for their successors, reducing nitrate contamination in the groundwater supply is a top priority.  Watch this brief interview with Paul Sousa from Western United Dairies as he shares some options, considerations, and funding opportunities. Please thank this video’s sponsor afimilk for their industry support.

LandFlex Succeeds as an Incentivizing Farmer-Driven Solution for SGMA Compliance

Permanently retiring millions of acres of productive California farmland is not a solution the growing world population needs right now.  That is why a new program, known as LandFlex was created, providing an alternative solution to assist farmers in meeting the requirements of SGMA. Millions of dollars of LandFlex funding have recently been awarded to serve farmers within critically overdrafted basins …

Cal Poly Welcomes New Director to Dairy Products Technology Center

Carmen Licon-Cano, an experienced food engineer and dairy enthusiast, has joined Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences as the director of the Dairy Products Technology Center, overseeing the research and development of dairy products by Cal Poly students and faculty in partnership with industry professionals. The Cal Poly Dairy Products Technology Center, located at the university’s dairy …

California Dairyman Steve Maddox Receives National Honor

The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) honored Steve Maddox and Connie Seefeldt as the 2023 co-recipients of the Richard E. Lyng Award for their contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. Maddox is a California dairy farmer, former NDB board member and current Dairy Council of California board member. Seefeldt is a Wisconsin dairy farmer, former NDB board member and …

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