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IDFA Welcomes 30 Future Dairy Industry Leaders Into NextGen Leadership Program

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that 30 future leaders of the dairy industry have been accepted into the third class of the NextGen Leadership Program, a signature program of IDFA’s People Strategy. This incredible group of emerging leaders was selected based on their experience and scope of responsibility within their organizations. They represent the broad diversity of …

American Pistachio Growers Kicks Off New Facebook Live Series

American Pistachio Growers (APG), armed with voluminous data that pistachios are packed with a multitude of benefits for active bodies and minds, is inaugurating a new 2021-22 Facebook Live Series — Friday Fuel-Up with Dr. Mike Roussell — to engage some of the most energetic and interesting people in the world with the question, What fuels you? The monthly series, …

Farm Marketing Success Linked to Natural, Cultural Assets

Cornell University—Direct farm marketing efforts, such as farmers markets and roadside stands, are more successful in communities with more nonprofits, social enterprises and creative industries, according to a team including Cornell researchers, who created a nationwide database of assets to help municipalities craft community-specific development plans. While many municipalities seek to encourage direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing – an important factor in …

Gerber Commits to Carbon Neutrality for Organic Products in 2022 as Part of Climate Forward Nutrition Ambition

Gerber, the early childhood nutrition leader, today announced its Climate Forward Nutrition1ambition to pioneer on-farm research and invest in regenerative agriculture techniques to ensure the ingredients for our nutritious food for baby are produced in a way that increases biodiversity and soil health, and reduces water usage. As part of this ambition, Gerber has also committed to carbon neutrality across …

Bountiful Fruit World Crop of Organic Thomcord Grapes to Harvest Soon

Fruit World, a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit and the largest California grower of organic Thomcord grapes, has announced it expects to begin shipping this popular variety by the end of July, with strong, promotable volumes available from mid-August through early-October. Thomcord seedless grapes are a hybrid of Concord and Thompson Seedless grapes, with the rich, full …

Ice Cream Sales and Production Hot Ahead of National Ice Cream Day

With National Ice Cream Day just around the corner, Americans are lining up at scoop shops and grocery checkout lines at near-record numbers to get their favorite flavors of ice cream. Recent data provided to the International Dairy Foods Association show hard ice cream production for the first five months of 2021 running ahead of last year when hard ice …

National Ag, Water Coalition Applauds Committee Passage of Infrastructure Bill

A national coalition representing thousands of Western farmers, ranchers, water providers, businesses and communities applauded passage of the Energy Infrastructure Act today by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), and pressed the full Senate to expeditiously take up the bill on the floor. “On behalf of Western farmers, ranchers, businesses and residents, we commend Chairman Manchin and …

FDA Final Rule Threatens to Remove Popular Yogurt Products from Grocery Store Shelves and Harm Dairy Foods Makers

Dr. Joseph Scimeca, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), issued the following statement on IDFA’s formal objection to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration final rule to amend and modernize the standard of identity for yogurt: “After 40 years of waiting since FDA first issued standards for yogurt, the FDA dropped …

North American Meat Institute on Prop 12 Proposed Rules: Burdensome, Unworkable & Complex

In comments submitted to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), The North American Meat Institute (the Meat Institute) today said the State of California’s proposed rules for Proposition 12 (Prop 12 or the law) are burdensome, complex and unworkable providing no food safety or animal welfare benefit. “The proposed rule by the California Department of Food and Agriculture …

American Farmland Trust Shares Soil Health Economic Calculator with Customized Almond Version

Today, American Farmland Trust, the organization that for 40 years has been saving the land that sustains us and advancing the principles of regenerative agriculture shares an updated AFT’s Retrospective Soil Health Economic Calculator (R-SHEC) Tool, providing farmers and the conservation community a means of evaluating the return on investment (ROI) of soil health conservation practices with 2020 price and …

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