Tom Quaife

Washington dairies donate ‘white gold’ to food banks

One Washington dairy farmer took "paying it forward" to new levels after coordinating a movement uniting dairy farmers, food banks and hungry families. FULL STORY »

Do small farms really take better care of their animals?

Many of the popular images of farm animals over the years have had a small-farm backdrop. That, in turn, has led many people to believe ― rightly or wrongly ― that animals receive more individualized attention and better care on smaller farms. FULL STORY »

4 rules for growing a business or industry

It seems paradoxical: When a company or industry tries to diversify beyond its core business, it actually diminishes its chances of successful growth. FULL STORY »

Another missed opportunity to improve milk quality

For the seventh time in 16 years, the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments has turned down a request to upgrade the standard for somatic cell count. FULL STORY »

USDA renews sustainability efforts with dairy industry

"No producers have been more out-front on these issues than the dairy producers," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said at a press briefing on Wednesday. . FULL STORY »

Commentary: Are activists really in it for clean air?

Rather than seeing the farms work proactively with regulators, the activists would prefer to see “us have our names splashed in the newspaper saying we are guilty of something,” says one Washington State dairy producer. FULL STORY »

Air-quality solutions ― despite the activists

A voluntary monitoring program and software simulation models were among the solutions discussed Wednesday at the Western Dairy Air Quality Symposium in Boise, Idaho. FULL STORY »

Over 30,000 comments on artificial sweeteners in chocolate milk

A proposal to put artificial sweeteners in flavored milk has generated a fair amount of controversy -- and misunderstanding. FULL STORY »

Name game: Dairy faces challenges on several fronts

The European Union is challenging U.S. exports of mozzarella, parmesan, Romano and other types of cheese. Meanwhile, imitation dairy products are causing a rift here at home. FULL STORY »

Meteorologists: Don’t say ‘goodbye’ to drought just yet

According to the meteorologists at Planalytics, the drought may hang on in many of the areas already significantly impacted. FULL STORY »

Bad publicity for the dairy industry

Thursday evening, one of the featured stories on the Yahoo! home page showed a picture of milk jugs with the headline, “Controversial ingredient may be added to milk.” FULL STORY »

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