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Commentary: Dairy sustainability made me rethink being vegan

My decision to become vegan was not taken lightly. It was after much soul searching and research that over two years ago I chose to vote with my fork for sustainable agriculture, health, and animal care. FULL STORY »

UDIM rebrands to reflect diversity, versatility of dairy Play video

Milk means more. More than just good taste and great nutrition. The dairy industry has known that for a long time, but have consumers? It always helps to remind them. FULL STORY »

Follow 3 A's to help pass the 'down cow' test

The recent release of a video – taken by a member of an animal activist group showing potential abuse of a down dairy cow – has stimulated significant discussion within the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

Dairy insurance plan a template for reluctant livestock farmers

A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices may become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance. FULL STORY »

No surge in corn planting…yet

Corn planting nearly doubled its pace from last week; however, with just 6 percent of country’s corn in the ground, this pace is less than half of the five-year average and just slightly above the 2013 pace. FULL STORY »

Great American Milk Drive – A great opportunity to give back

The nation’s milk processors and dairy farmers are working with Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief charity, to launch the Great American Milk Drive- the first-ever program to deliver milk to hungry families. FULL STORY »

Commentary: When SOPs become CYAs

If I’ve learned anything from watching action dramas on evening television, it’s that I should be careful where I scratch myself, even if I’m the only person on a hotel elevator. There are cameras everywhere capturing our actions. FULL STORY »

USDA announces investment fund to create jobs in rural America

As part of the Obama Administration’s new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of a new investment fund that will help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America. FULL STORY »

“Using farmers as educators, not mascots”

When it comes to finding trustworthy sources about food production, 53 percent of Americans view farmers and ranchers as good sources of information, according to the white paper report, “Emerging Faith in Food Production,” by Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink. FULL STORY »

Can ration sorting benefit lactating dairy cattle?

Most of the time when we think about sorting and dairy cows, we focus on the negative consequences of cows selectively eating the finer particles in a diet. But there is growing evidence that cows facing an acidosis challenge will select feeds with high ruminal buffering capacity if given the opportunity. FULL STORY »

Getting a handle on the Dairy Margin Protection program

When it comes to risk management it seems like things are never simple. The new approach in the farm bill appears complicated. However, farms that have developed cash flow plans on their own or with the Extension Dairy Team, already have the tools available to implement the program effectively. FULL STORY »

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