Tom Quaife

Milk strike could affect Olympics

British dairy farmers are threatening to dump milk ― in protest of falling pay prices ― which could disrupt supplies to the Olympic Games later this summer. FULL STORY »

Milk remains the gold standard for calcium

It’s fine to get calcium from food sources, such as milk. Supplements are an iffier proposition. FULL STORY »

Profitability ratio: ‘How low can you go’?

None of the milk-feed ratios on record, going back to 1985, have been this low. FULL STORY »

Presidential election could swing on Iowa's corn crop

What happens if the drought that is developing in much of the Midwest takes a toll on Iowa’s crops and causes economic difficulty? FULL STORY »

‘Beijing, we have a problem’

A recent situation involving the Chinese space program casts doubt on just how egalitarian the dairy distribution system has become. FULL STORY »

‘Agriculture the plastics of the modern era’

Farmers around the world will have a huge challenge in trying to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050. That makes agriculture the ultimate growth industry. FULL STORY »

Wildlife rooting for ag to ‘get it right’ on hunger issue Play video

If more food could be raised on land that’s already in production, it means less new land would have to be developed to feed a burgeoning world population. That would help preserve wildlife habitats. FULL STORY »

This time, only a slight downward tick in projected milk prices

In a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this morning, the downward adjustment in the 2012 milk price forecast is less severe and may be a sign that prices are stabilizing. FULL STORY »

Dairy support helps a governor keep his job

In Tuesday's recall election Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker carried most of the rural counties in Wisconsin, while challenger Tom Barrett garnered support in urban counties where the cities of Milwaukee and Madison are located. FULL STORY »

Feed 9 billion people by 2050? Absolutely! Play video

New technologies, such as nutrigenomics, will become increasingly important.

With nutrigenomics, it may be possible to influence or control genetic expression in animals. Certain feed ingredients may be able to switch on genes in the animals, leading to improved production. FULL STORY »

Milk production up 3.2 percent in April

Milk production across the U.S. was up 3.2 percent in April compared to the same month a year earlier.The increase is down slightly from the hefty increases of 4.3 percent and 4.2 percent in February and March, respectively. Dave Kurzawski, dairy analyst with FC Stone/Downes-O’Neill in Chicago, says his initial reaction to the report is “slightly bullish” because the increase wasn’t as high as analysts had predicted. FULL STORY »

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