Raw milk bill fails in California Assembly Ag Committee
Legislation that would have significantly relaxed current regulations by allowing the exchange, sharing and direct sale of raw milk at “home dairy farms” failed to get a motion to move out of the California Assembly Agriculture Committee. AB 2505, introduced by Assemblymember Mariko Yamadao (D-Davis), would have allowed farms with three cows or less to sell or give away fresh-from-the-udder, unpasteurized milk without complying with some of the standards that apply to larger dairies. Testimony in opposition came from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Health Officers Association of California, and numerous other organizations.
Mary McGonigle-Martin of Murrieta described her then-six-year-old son’s “odyssey through hell” after drinking raw milk and becoming hospitalized at a cost of $550,000. She faulted Yamada’s bill for failing to adequately guard against the spread of pathogens.
”Just because you are milking three cows doesn’t mean a small operation cannot contaminate the raw milk,” McGonigle-Martin said.
Source: Western United Dairymen
AMPI Young Cooperators elect officers
Dustin Dobberstein of New Richland, Minn., is the 2014 Young Cooperator (YC) chairman for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). Fellow YCs elected the dairy farmer during the spring annual meeting of the Midwest milk marketing cooperative.
Dobberstein will be working with YC steering committee members to plan and host events throughout the year. Other members of the committee are: past chairpersons, Aaron and Jessica Radermacher, Brooten, Minn.; vice chairpersons, Jacob and Sarah Enter, Nicollet, Minn.; secretaries, John and Renee Kotek, Bangor, Wis.; and members-at-large, Derek and Marcie Peterson, Black River Falls, Wis.
The YC program provides educational and leadership opportunities to AMPI members age 40 and under. Looking ahead, AMPI YCs will be traveling to the Twin Cities on June 23-24 for the annual YC summer tour. The event will feature tours of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota and AMPI’s independent milk testing lab, DQCI.
Hilmar Cheese awarded LEED® Green Building Platinum Certification
Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. announced its new headquarters and Innovation Center in Hilmar, Calif., was awarded LEED® Platinum certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.