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Dairy Farmers of Canada in Washington, D.C. to Defend Supply Management System

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Trade

Representatives of a dairy industry group from Canada were visiting Washington, D.C. this week to support the nation’s dairy supply management system. Dairy Farmers of Canada made the visit as negotiations were getting underway on the North American Free Trade Agreement modernization effort between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The dairy sector is not a part of the current edition …

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Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

Dairy producers have until Sept. 10 to complete a survey asking about their perceptions of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers farmers. The voluntary survey, conducted by the FARM Program in conjunction with Colorado State University, probes producers’ knowledge of FARM and the value it provides …

fda

FDA Relaxes Restrictions on Ultra-Filtered Milk

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Trade

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is easing its policy on some domestic milk products, making a change the dairy industry has pushed for over the last 20 years. Trade tension with Canada brought the issue to the forefront. Earlier this year, Canada changed policy and stopped importing ultra-filtered milk from the U.S. As a result, many American milk processors …

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Canada Plans to Protect its Dairy System in New NAFTA

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Trade

Canada plans to protect its dairy system under a new North American Free Trade Agreement. As the first round of talks gets underway Wednesday, Canada officials say they will protect the nation’s system of tariffs and quotas that keep domestic dairy prices high and imports low. U.S. dairy farmers strongly dislike the system and want it dismantled. Canada’s Foreign Minister …

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NMPF Statement on Comments from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Trade

“In her speech to Parliament, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland seems to want it both ways – free trade with the United States in areas where Canada is competitive, but high protectionist walls when it comes to keeping out U.S. dairy imports. Moreover, Minister Freeland’s comments Monday about the dairy trade elements of the upcoming NAFTA talks are completely …

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Top U.S. Milk Processor Struggling

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

A new report shows that Dean Foods Company is struggling amid slowing milk sales and rising costs. The news comes as Dean’s largest customer, Wal-Mart Stores, is preparing to open its own milk processing plant, reducing its reliance on Dean. The Texas-based milk supplier this week cut its per-share profit expectations nearly in half. Shares of Dean Foods are down …

Calving Management Workshops

Calving Management Workshops in Gainesville and Okeechobee, Florida

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Education, Florida, Industry News Release

Dr. Ricardo Chebel, UF College of Veterinary Medicine Dairy Health Extension Specialist, will be presenting classroom information and hands-on practice on dairy calving management. He will be covering risk factors for dystocia, the process of normal calving, stages of calving, strategies to correct dystocia. Classroom sessions will be available separately in English and Spanish. Both sessions will combine for lunch …

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Ag Industry Provides Testimony on NAFTA

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Trade

Dairy, poultry, grains, oilseeds and produce industry leaders told House Ag lawmakers this week that NAFTA modernization talks with Canada and Mexico should “do no harm” to their sectors, but only improve trade opportunities. ‘Preserve what’s working…strengthen what can be better…and fix what’s broken’ was the message from former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, now president and CEO of the US …

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NMPF Urges FDA: Enforce U.S. Standards for Dairy Food Labeling

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) long absence of enforcement of its own food standards has allowed the marketing of hundreds of deceptively labeled dairy imitators – a situation requiring immediate action by the federal government, National Milk Producers Federation officials told the agency during a high-level meeting in Maryland. Food policy staff from the National Milk Producers Federation …