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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 …

Hilmar Cheese Company enters in an agreement to sell its Turlock, CA Milk Powder Facility

Hilmar Cheese company

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. entered into an agreement to sell its Turlock milk powder facility to California Dairies, Inc. (CDI). The asset sale agreement allows both parties to begin due diligence in preparation to complete the transaction.  The sale is part of Hilmar Cheese Company’s new Strategic Plan 2021 announced last month. The Plan’s three strategies focus on people, operational …

February Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Second 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

feed costs

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, is a voluntary risk management program …

Undeniably Dairy to Boost Milk Sales with Consumer Engagement

Undeniably Dairy to Boost Milk Sales with Consumer Engagement

Remember the old got milk commercials that got consumers excited about dairy?  Today, the big dairy campaign is known as “Undeniably Dairy”.  This is funded through the National Dairy Checkoff program, managed by Dairy Management, Inc (DMI).  Watch this brief interview with DMI Chair, Marilyn Hershey, and read more about DMI’s efforts to promote the industry in California Dairy Magazine.

Nutritional Benefits of Dairy & Factual Resources Consumers Should Know About

Nutritional Benefits of Dairy & Factual Resources Consumers Should Know About

At several recent California dairy conferences, dairy producers have been urged to share their stories with the consumer public, rather than have their stories told incorrectly by those that know nothing about dairy.  One great aspect to share with the public is the great health benefits associated with consuming dairy products.  The Dairy Council of California is a great resource …

California Milk Advisory Board Promotes Dairy through Food Service Industry

The California Milk Advisory Board does a lot to promote California dairy consumption, not only through consumer marketing, but also through the food service industry.  Watch this brief interview with Jennifer Giambroni as she shares their latest efforts and successes with the food service industry, and read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Don’t currently receive the magazine?  Subscribe …

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Financial Incentives for New Sustainable Dairy Technologies

Free Money!  That’s what people want to hear.  Although nothing is free, there are a lot of great new government incentives available to dairy farmers to modernize their facilities with newer sustainable technologies that may not otherwise be affordable to invest in.  Watch this brief interview with Paul Sousa from Western United Dairymen as he shares, and read more about …

Effects of Heat Stress on Dry Cows & Their Next Lactation

Effects of Heat Stress on Dry Cows & Their Next Lactation

New research out of the University of Florida shows that cows subject to heat stress during their dry period will produce 8-10 lbs/day less milk on their next lactation. Other health impacts were also explored. Watch this brief interview with Geoffrey Dahl, professor at the University of Florida for more details, and read more about mitigating heat stress in California …

Procedures for Possible Changes to CDFA Dairy Quota Program

Change in dairy quota

Background The Quota Implementation Plan (QIP) provides that anyone seeking substantive amendments or termination of the QIP must do so by submitting a petition to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (Department) signed by at least 25 percent of market milk producers. The QIP does not specifically outline the procedures or process for a petition received by the Department. …

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