Penn State Study Finds Calf Milk Pasteurization Effective, But Variable
We recently studied calf milk pasteurization on six farms in central Pennsylvania to measure bacteria counts in milk before and after pasteurization and in milk fed to calves. Results of the study were published in the November 2010 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science

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USDA Observes The Anniversary Of An Agreement To Cut Dairy Farm Greenhouse Gas Emissions
WASHINGTON --Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today commemorated the one year anniversary of a historic agreement to help U.S. dairy producers cut greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement was signed during climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 15, 2009.

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Make A To-Don’t List
If you’re a list-maker like me, you’ve got a page (or two) nearby of things to get done today, this week or even this year. And it feels awfully good to see lots of items checked off the list as you go through the day, especially the big or tough tasks.

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Dannon To Pay $21M, Drop Some Yogurt Health Claims
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dannon Co. Inc. has agreed pay $21 million and drop some health claims for its Activia yogurt and DanActive dairy drink under pressure from state and federal regulators.

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Farm Bill, Commodity Programs & Nutrition. Where Do They Intersect?
Buckle your seat belt when Congress begins its deliberation on the next Farm Bill. A significant effort will be made to save money and reduce the federal deficit, and budget balancers point to all of the “fat” in the USDA budget, which makes up one quarter of one percent of the federal budget. 75% of the USDA budget is dedicated to nutrition programs and those are off limits from budget cutting. So what is left to cut? Yep, you are right!

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