USDA

USDA Purchases Milk for Needy Americans

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it will purchase $50 million worth of fluid milk for distribution to domestic food assistance programs – the first time the agency has bought milk for use in this manner. The USDA said Tuesday that it will authorize the expenditure of $50 million in Section …

production

UF Study: Cool, Calm Cows Have More Meat, Dairy Production

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Research

Cattle are a little like humans: They are more productive when they are cooler. With cattle, a cooler body helps with meat and dairy production, new University of Florida research shows. Cows with shorter hair are cooler, and thus, more productive, said Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor of animal sciences at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. A …

Celebrating National Goat Cheese Month

Celebrating National Goat Cheese Month

Dan Dairy, Sheep-Goats, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom gives a bit of history about the specialty cheese you will want to sink your teeth into this month. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Celebrating National Goat Cheese Month August is National Goat Cheese Month. Chances are, if you’ve had a Greek salad with feta, then you’ve tried goat cheese. Most goat cheeses are at their …

retail

Plant-Based Foods Retail Sector Growing

Dan Corn, Dairy, Industry News Release, Peanuts, Soybeans

Retail sales of plant-based foods jumped 20 percent over the past year. The Plant-Based Foods Association says new data shows sales of plant-based foods topped $3.3 billion, with milk alternatives generating $1.5 billion of total plant-based sales. Other dairy alternatives, such as plant-based products imitating yogurt, cheeses and ice cream, accounted for $727 million in sales, up 19.8 percent from …

relief plan

How Relief Plan Helps Livestock and Dairy Producers

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Economy

It was announced by USDA this week that they are going to take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation. Specifically, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of the unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods. And in a story from …

dairy producers

Mulhern comments on FDA Announcement to Prioritize Review of Standards of Identity for Dairy Products

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

“We are pleased to see that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally recognized the need to increase its scrutiny of plant-based products imitating standardized dairy foods. “The statement released earlier today by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb echoes our long-standing public health concerns regarding nutritional deficiencies in plant-based foods bearing the term ‘milk.’ “We are further encouraged by …

dairy producers

Mulhern Comments on Passage of Newhouse Amendment to Improve H-2A Program for Dairy Producers

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

“We greatly appreciate Rep. Dan Newhouse’s (R-WA) work on behalf of America’s dairy producers to expand the H-2A farm worker visa program to include year-round employees on farms. “Rep. Newhouse’s amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill would allow farm employers to use the H-2A visa program to hire foreign workers, regardless of whether those employees are engaged in temporary …