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Dairy Council of California Announces Appointment of Four New Board Members

Dairy Council of California, a leader in nutrition education and advocacy, proudly announces four new board members, all distinguished figures in the dairy industry: Laura Bosch: Co-Owner of Bosch Dairy Farms Justin Leyendekker: Owner of Hoppy Cows Dairy Michael Oosten: Owner of Marvo Holsteins Pauline Tjaarda: Co-Owner of Tjaarda Dairy Leyendekker states, “Alongside my fellow new board members, I’m excited …

USDA Surveying California Beef & Dairy Cattle Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey about 2,000 cattle operations in California to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories. “This information helps producers make timely, informed business decisions and plan for herd expansion or reduction. It also helps packers and government leaders evaluate expected slaughter volume for future months and determine potential …

Over $520,000 Awarded To Stabilize And Expand Western Dairy Businesses

Dairy processors along the Pacific Coast are receiving a catalytic investment that will strengthen the industry’s resilience. The Pacific Coast Coalition – Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (PCC-DBII), hosted by California State University, Fresno, has awarded $521,764 in grant funding to 12 dairy companies in California, Oregon and Washington. Each awardee is receiving up to $50,000, dependent on their submitted budget. …

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.

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