Dairy Checkoff Helping Producers Weather COVID-19

Leaders of the dairy checkoff are working to help U.S. dairy farmers during these challenging times. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of 35,000 farmers, has prioritized work focused on three key areas: schools, hunger and foodservice and industry partnerships. Leaders outlined a shift in its business plan in a letter to USDA Secretary …

Dairy Industry Calls on USDA for Direct Aid

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Dairy Business Association and Edge Farmer Cooperative held a media conference call Thursday to discuss the current situation being experienced in the dairy industry and to call on USDA for direct aid to farmers and a massive dairy commodity purchase. Press release from Edge. Participating in the press conference were: • John Umhoefer, Executive Director, …

USDA Urged to Establish Foot and Mouth Vaccine Bank

Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move quickly to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. At a press conference Tuesday, the groups recognized steps USDA has already taken to establish the bank, but called for “expedient …

American Butter Institute Fights “Fake” Butter

Plant-based imitations of butter and other dairy products pose an increasing challenge for consumer understanding in the butter sector, which is dealing with proliferating imposters even as butter’s popularity grows. Because of this, the American Butter Institute is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action before fake products make federal standards of identity for established terms such …

EDGE Dairy Cooperative Engaging in D.C.

EDGE Dairy Cooperative has been focusing on engaging more actively for its members at the federal level, according to Mike Torrey with Torrey Associates. Torrey said the cooperative has put together an effective effort in the nation’s capitol through fly in events, testimonies and social media campaigns to speak for America’s dairy farmers on issues such as the farm bill …

ZimmCast 600 – John Deere at World Dairy Expo

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The ZimmCast hits another milestone today with episode number 600! In this week’s program we’ll hear several John Deere representatives talk about the company’s newest forage harvester, the self-propelled 9,000 Series, launched at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. You will hear from John Thomassen, Global Director – Hay & Forage Harvest; Dan Paschke, Director of Marketing – Hay & …

2018 World Dairy Expo

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, were in Madison, Wisconsin for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018. The expo features the world’s largest dairy-focused Trade Show, dairy and forage seminars, …

President Says USMCA is Victory for Farmers

President Donald Trump announced the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) during a Rose Garden press conference Monday. During his remarks, he talked about how the agreement benefits U.S. farmers. This new deal is an especially great victory for our farmers. Our farmers have gone through a lot over the last 15 years. They’ve been taken advantage of by everybody. Prices have …

ZimmCast 592 – Comedian Tim The Dairy Farmer

This week let’s meet Comedian, Tim The Dairy Farmer. Humor and dairy are near and dear to my heart and I hope you’ll enjoy the program as Tim talks about how he got into a comedy career. He also has some big news! Blue Collar meets Green Acres. That’s how comedian, Tim the Dairy Farmer, describes the release of his …

FDA Considering Fake Meat and Milk

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is spending time this month discussing meat and milk. Last week, FDA held a public meeting to discuss foods produced using animal cell culture technology – mainly lab-grown fake meat products – and which agency should be in charge of regulating. The meat industry believes fake meat should be regulated by USDA. Speaking …

Erin Fitzgerald is New USFRA CEO

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has ended a five- month search for a new chief executive officer with the selection Erin Fitzgerald to lead the organization. Fitzgerald previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, a part of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). Fitzgerald will lead USFRA as it approaches its eighth …

ZimmCast 588 – Social Networking & Ethanol Education

In this week’s program I’m going to cover a couple of different topics, although there are some common elements from an educational perspective. First up is Joanna Guza, Digital Communications Manager, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and Dairy Business Association, as well as volunteer with GMO Answers. We talk about social networking as a tool to reach people about topics like …

Got Milk? Got Jobs.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have announced a new “Got Jobs? Dairy Creates Jobs, Exports Create More” campaign to spotlight dairy’s contribution to the health of the U.S. economy. The groups held a virtual news conference to announce the campaign with IDFA president and CEO Michael …

Alltech KEENAN Great Green Getaway

Three dairy producers from the U.S. are among those on the Alltech KEENAN Great Green Getaway to the Emerald Isle for a “how it’s made” tour of the KEENAN production facility in Borris, County Carlow, Ireland; a guided VIP experience at the new Pearse Lyons Distillery; visits to a number of high-performance Irish dairy farms; and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations …

2018 Cattle Industry Convention

The Virtual Newsroom for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show can be found on its own custom page. The convention was held January 31-February 2 in Phoenix, AZ. In the Convention & Trade Show Virtual Newsroom you will find all the content we created during the convention. Please let us know if you have any questions. This …