World Dairy Diary

NMPF Praises Introduction of Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

NMPFLogoPMS281BlueWords44KBThe National Milk Producers Federation today applauded introduction of legislation establishing federal standards for the safety and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Under the bill, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the Food and Drug Administration will set standards for companies that wish to label their products as containing or not containing GMOs. In addition, FDA is required to conduct a safety review of all new genetically modified traits and could mandate labeling if there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with a particular ingredient. The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

“Rather than create a patchwork of state policies, what this legislation would do is deal with this important issue at the national level,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “And since there is no reason for Congress and the FDA to require mandatory labels on foods produced through GMOs, we need this approach instead: clarifying how companies can voluntarily label their products in a way that reduces confusion at the consumer level.”

Mulhern added that “genetically modified ingredients have been used in foods in this country for two decades. They add desirable traits so that crops are more plentiful and require less water and fewer pesticides. If companies want to highlight their presence, they should be able to do so in a way that enhances trust in the food supply.”

The GMO labeling legislation also addresses another problem by ordering the FDA to define the term “natural” when used on food labels. Right now, there is no uniform definition of natural when applied to foods.

Up to 80 percent of the food available in the United States contains genetically modified ingredients. Agencies including the FDA, the U.S. Agriculture Department, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization have found no negative health effects from consuming GMOs.

CWT Assists in 4 Million lbs. in Export Sales

CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 10 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms USA, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Upstate Niagara Cooperative (O-AT-KA) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 220,462 pounds of Cheddar cheese, 2.535 million pounds of 82% butter and 1.268 million pounds of whole milk powder to customers in Africa, Central America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The product will be delivered March through June 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 27.205 million pounds of cheese, 14.309 million pounds of butter and 2.573 million pounds of whole milk powder to 20 countries on five continents. These sales are the equivalent of 573.4 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

In the long-term, assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

More Assistance From Cooperatives Working Together

CWTCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Tillamook County Creamery Association and United Dairymen of Arizona to sell 912,714 pounds of Cheddar and Gouda cheese, 1.355 million pounds of 82% butter and 606,271 pounds of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the South Pacific. The product will be delivered March through August 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 26.985 million pounds of cheese, 11.774 million pounds of butter and 1.305 million pounds of whole milk powder to 19 countries on five continents. These sales are the equivalent of 514.3 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

In the long-term, assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

More Cheese and Butter Export Sales Assisted By CWT

logo_cwtCooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 29 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creameries, Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms USA, Maryland Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 5.758 million pounds of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese and 551,156 pounds of butter to customers in Asia, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. The product will be delivered January through June 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 8.494 million pounds of cheese and 3.542 million pounds of butter to 12 countries on four continents. These sales are the equivalent of 158 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively impacts producer milk prices in the short-term by helping to maintain inventories of cheese and butter at desirable levels. In the long-term, CWT’s Export Assistance program helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the farm milk that produces them.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

The Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.

#Felfie Hashtag Explodes

Be_uZbuIQAAySHFHave you taken and posted your #felfie yet? Don’t miss out on this fun meme – grab your smart phone and start snapping photos! Post them to your social media sites and tag with #felfie

Back in December, the Irish Farmer’s Journal launched a contest soliciting self-shots from farmers posing with their livestock, riding 2013′s selfie wave to humanize the legions of farmers who help keep us all fed. Response was both overwhelming and hilarious — who expects to see duck face next to a real, live duck?

The so-called “felfie” trend hasn’t diminished — a self-described farmer’s son in the UK recently started farmingselfie.com to showcase all the photos. It turns out farmers are way more technologically savvy than we might assume. Social media platforms like Twitter have given farm workers unprecedented ability to commune and commiserate with each other, sharing tips on anything from ewe-feeding to mental health.


Source: Huffington Post

Photo by: Birchrun Hills Farm

New Changes at Jersey Association

Several staff changes have been made at the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Responsibilities have been expanded for Jason Robinson, manager of Jersey Marketing Service (JMS); Erica Davis, JMS Internet Marketing Coordinator; and AJCA-NAJ Area Representative Chris Lundgren.

Robinson will remain at the head of Jersey Marketing Service and add responsibilities for delivering on-farm service as Area Representative for the southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

In an extension of her current responsibilities, Davis will now contribute to editorial content and production of the monthly magazine, Jersey Journal.

Lundgren has been named to the new position of JMS Marketing Coordinator, strengthening the overall effort in JMS sales and marketing activities. He will remain Area Representative for the southern plains states with reduced responsibilities as a linear type evaluator.

In a related move, Elizabeth Moss will phase out of responsibilities as Development Specialist in the headquarters office to work full-time as an appraiser for the AJCA linear type appraisal program. She will relocate to Tennessee.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Peterson Brothers Newest Video

The Peterson Brothers have released their newest video, a parody of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar.’ WDE is issueing a challenge to all of our creative dairy farmers out there – create a video parody and upload it to YouTube!

REAL Dairy Foods Make Holidays Bright

real-seal-characterThe new animated character, DairyUS, is excited to indulge in REAL dairy foods like butter, cheese, whipped cream, and eggnog this holiday season.

DairyUS was created earlier this year to help a new generation of consumers distinguish between genuine U.S. dairy products and a growing list of list of imitations. In addition to his presence on the REAL® Seal website, he also has made appearances on the REAL® Seal Facebook page as well.

The animated character has already appeared in other short videos this year. He will continue to do so in 2014 to highlight topical and seasonal events, such as holidays and sporting events, providing consumers with easy tips to incorporate more real dairy foods into their everyday meals.

Source: National Milk Producers Federation

Don’t Forget the Ice Cream with that Apple Pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Life on the farm doesn’t stop on holidays. Our dairy farmers work hard each and every day to keep your family happy and healthy. Learn more at DairyMax.

Orth and McNett Promoted at Expo

Congratulations to Susan Orth and Crystal McNett, both who have new responsibilities with World Dairy Expo.

Susan Orth will be stepping into a newly created role, Sponsorship Manager. Crystal McNett has been named Trade Show Manager.

As the new Sponsorship Manager, Susan Orth’s role reaches across all aspects of Expo, including the Dairy Cattle Show, Trade Show and other sponsored events. She will be the lead contact for WDE sponsors, sponsor customer service and communications. Orth will continue in her role to serve as the Expo staff connection for the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. She has been on World Dairy Expo’s staff since 2009 and most recently served as Trade Show Manager. Orth grew up on her family’s dairy and livestock farm, Orthridge Farms, in southwest Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Animal Science and Ag Journalism. Orth is currently serving on the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board, co-chair of the Programming Committee for the Association of Women in Agriculture and as off-campus advisor of the Badger Dairy Club.

As the Trade Show Manager, Crystal McNett will manage the World Dairy Expo Trade Show, partnering with more than 850 exhibiting companies from around the globe that participate in the event each year. She will be the lead contact for commercial exhibitors including communications, contracts and show floor layout. Trade Show Executive magazine’s (TSE) prestigious Gold 100 recently announced World Dairy Expo as the #22 trade show in the nation. McNett previously was Trade Show & Project Coordinator for World Dairy Expo and is the former Sales and Marketing Communications Specialist with Select Sires. Crystal is a 2006 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Dairy Science and Ag Journalism with business emphasis. She currently owns and operates McNett Grain Farms with her father and brother in Belmont, Wis.

Source: World Dairy Expo

Movember Dairy – Got Mustache?

movember_dairyIt’s Movember – do you know where your mustache is?! This year, several dairy industry companies and groups are excited to launch the Movember Dairy initiative.

This inaugural campaign was started through a coalition within the dairy industry that has committed itself to raising awareness of men’s health issues amongst dairy farmers.

Traditionally, November has been globally recognized as Men’s Health Awareness Month, bringing light to health challenges facing a high proportion of males – including cancer, and specifically prostate cancer. Statistically, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health will be raised by Movember Dairy through a campaign centered around the mustache. The mustache is the universal symbol for Movember USA; bringing a comical and conversation-worthy element to this worthwhile cause. Combining humor and health, Movember Dairy is driving change by growing mustaches, sharing key statistics and encouraging dairy producers to contact their doctors for health screenings.

Join the Movember initiative by growing a mustache to help generate attention and educational opportunities with others. A new mustache is a talking point that can get the conversation on men’s health started. If you currently have facial hair, consider a clean shave and regrowing a mustache. Spread the word through social media: post photos of your Movember party and mustache growing contests on the Movember Dairy Facebook page.

Weddings On the Farm

Tony Azevedo, the owner of the Central California dairy has been hosting weddings for more than 20 years.

In the latest Kelly Clarkson music video, newlyweds share a kiss in front of Azevedo’s cows. The dairy wedding photos of another couple are in a video for country singer Jason Aldean. Antique milk cans and bales of hay are objects of lust on Pinterest, a social media bulletin board particularly favored by brides-to-be.

“This Pinterest thing is my new business partner,” said Azevedo, 61, with a shake of his cowboy hat. “Everybody wants to get married in a damn barn and have their picture taken with a cow.”

California’s dairy industry needs all the help it can get: More than 100 farms went out of business last year alone. Dairy families are hoping that love can save the day by paying some of the bills.

Azevedo said it worked for his family and the land his late father bought nearly 80 years ago.

“Weddings,” he said, “literally saved the farm.”

Read the entire article here.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Cows on Buzzfeed

Have a laugh this Monday night. From our friends at Buzzfeed: “19 Cows Who Don’t Quite Have This Cow Thing Down.”

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Source: Buzzfeed

Butter Cow Vadalized

iowa butter cowThe Iowa State Fair’s butter cow sculpture was vandalized by the Iowans for Animal Liberation group.

The cow, a fair tradition since 1911, cleaned up well after the dousing. The group attempted to churn controversy over factory farms by scrawling “Freedom For All” on a glass window in the display.

“It’s sad, because the butter cow is iconic of the Iowa State Fair,” said Lori Chappell, Iowa State Fair marketing director, who added: “No one was hurt; no one was injured. The butter cow is fine.”

Security has increased at the building since the incident, and better locks have been installed, Chappell said.

Source: Des Moines Register

Schmitt Crowned Iowa Dairy Princess

2013_Iowa_Dairy_Princess_Mariah_SchmittCongratulations to Mariah Schmitt, the newly crowned Iowa Dairy Princess!

Mariah, the daughter of Carl and Terry Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farmers. Throughout her year-long reign she will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows and the land. Mariah was also named Miss Congeniality in the contest. In the fall, she will attend Iowa State University majoring in dairy science and public service and administration in agriculture.

Celina Young, of Waverly, Iowa, was named Alternate Iowa Dairy Princess. Celina, the daughter of Jill Grabau and Greg Young, will share duties with the princess. She represents Bremer County and will also attend Iowa State University this fall, studying agriculture business and communications.

Eleven princesses from throughout Iowa competed for the title. The top five included: Nicole Engelken, daughter of Tom and Cherrie Engelken of Earlville, representing the Iowa Holstein Association; Catheryn Lang, daughter of James and Theresa Lang of McGregor, representing Clayton County; Brianna Lee, daughter of Darrell and Rhonda Lee of West Union, representing Fayette County; and Celina Young, daughter of Jill Grabau and Greg Young of Waverly, representing Bremer County.

Source: Midwest Dairy Association

New Hood Coffee Items

Hood-CountryCreamers-300HP Hood has introduced Latte Iced Coffee Drinks and two new flavors of Country Creamers.

The latte drinks are available in four flavors: Vanilla Latte, Caramel Macchiato, Mocha and Mocha Light.

Hood-Latte-Mocha-300The creamers now come in French Vanilla and Hazelnut varieties, in addition to the original and fat-free. The creamers contain no lactose or cholesterol.

Source: Dairy Foods

Hershey Company Donates to Pa. Foundation

CDE Foundation logoThe Hershey Company has donated $10,000 to the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania to support educational resources for Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

Hershey’s contribution will go directly to support the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow platform, which funds a dairy business curriculum, dairy tour and other resources for high school students.

The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania was established in 2011 as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization to support educational initiatives that grow and sustain the Pennsylvania dairy industry. The foundation provides the opportunity for individuals and organizations to make tax-deductible contributions to support educational initiatives within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

Source: Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania

Roker Visits Dairy Farm

al rokerOne lucky dairy farm family in Tennessee had the morning of a lifetime when weather personality, Al Roker, came to their farm to forecast the weather!

America’s favorite weather guru visited the Hatcher Family Dairy today as part of a “Wake Up with Al” contest in which three families across the country were selected to host the weatherman in their hometown.

So what did Roker learn during his visit?

For one thing, that cows aren’t necessarily the only animals on a dairy farm. Of course, there are plenty of cows around the farm. During his visit, Roker met three Today Show mini-mes: dairy calves named Al, Matt and Savannah. But he also got to sample fresh eggs from farm hens and feed two enthusiastic sheep.

Roker’s take: “This is just like when we bring pizza in for the crew!”

Dairy farming is a family business. The Hatcher farm has been in the family for generations. In fact, five different families all live on the farm and work to keep the business going.

Roker’s take: “It’s fantastic. This is truly a family farm.”

There’s nothing better than a home-cooked dairy breakfast. During his visit, the Hatchers treated Al to a traditional, farm-fresh breakfast that included eggs, bacon, rolls and of course milk.

Roker’s take: “If this is what I got every day, I’d be working on the farm, sure enough.”

Dairy farming takes a lot of hard work. While in Tennessee, Al got just a taste of the exhausting work on a dairy farm, including feeding the animals and working in the creamery.

Roker’s take: “I wouldn’t last long.”

Source: Dairy Good

Profile of Perry’s Ice Cream

perrys LogoWhen the Cornell dairy plant was demolished last year to make way for a new, improved Stocking Hall facility, Akron, N.Y.-based ice cream company Perry’s was the immediate choice to supply the Cornell campus with the frosty treat.

The Perry family connection to Cornell goes back generations, when Marlo Perry ’35 took knowledge acquired in his dairy science classes back to the family dairy to help his father, Morton, expand the ice cream business he had started in 1932.

Marlo was the first Perry to turn to Cornell for its dairy expertise. Since then, Perry’s has relied on Cornell to provide its employees with regular training and certification in dairy foods processing, high-temperature, short-time (HTST) pasteurization, sanitation and food safety. Perry’s also is supporting Cornell’s development of a food processing technology degree program in partnership with Genesee Community College to further develop the New York dairy workforce.

The first phase of the $105 million renovation of Stocking Hall will be complete by late spring, with dairy plant personnel expected to move back into Stocking Hall around May 20; ice cream will begin to be produced in the new dairy plant sometime in June. Cornell Ice Cream won’t be served, though, until the Dairy Bar’s grand opening event, set for the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, Huck says, which will give the new facility the chance to build up its inventory.

The Cornell Dairy Plant therefore will continue to partner with Perry’s Ice Cream throughout the summer to supply premium New York state ice cream to the Dairy Bar scoop shop.

Source: Cornell Chronicle, Sarah Thompson

Food Label Must Knows

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is the #1 thing you look for on a food label?”

Our poll results: Nineteen percent said other, sixteen percent said Low Sodium, fourteen percent Don’t Read Labels, thirteen percent said Reduced Fat, ten percent said Saturated Fat Content, and we had a tie at nine percent saying Non-GMO and Organic. Three percent said Heart-check Mark, Fat Free, and No Synthetic Hormones and one percent said All Natural. The majority of our viewers chose Other. Based on responses, “other” constituted calories, carbohydrates, and ingredients. Evidently our viewing audience has a different outlook than the audience being interviewed by media about the “big debates” such as antibiotics, hormones, and non-GMO foods.

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Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Does celebrity media attention sway your purchasing/listening/watching decisions? (e.g. Carrie Underwood supporting HSUS)?” Recently in Tennessee, Carrie Underwood has been a big voice for HSUS by publicly pressuring the Governor to veto a bill that would possibly end undercover investigations of animal abuse in the state. Carrie has used Twitter to its fullest, tweeting “@BillHaslam It’s not all about big business. Please look out for the little guys! Show TN that you have a heart…#NoAgGag”. She goes on to explain to questioners and agvocates that she is not against agriculture just against animal abuse. Would you not purchase a ticket to a Carrie Underwood concert based on her recent rant? Let us know.

ZimmPoll is sponsored by New Holland Agriculture.


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