Tom Quaife

Cheese a ‘forbidden' food you should be eating: Today Show

Cheese and dairy products are on a roll in the national media. The latest example came on Thursday morning when NBC-TV’s Today Show cited cheese as one of five foods people should keep in their diets. The other foods included chocolate, pasta, potatoes and steak. (Chocolate was even recommended at breakfast time.) FULL STORY »

FDA wants end to non-therapeutic use of antibiotics

The use of antibiotics in animal feed ― for non-therapeutic purposes, such as growth promotion ― will be phased out under a new policy announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Vt. driver's license debate touches on plight of migrant workers

On Tuesday, members of the Vermont House Transportation Committee heard testimony from a farm worker who couldn’t get a ride to the emergency room after being kicked by a bull. His co-workers didn’t have Vermont driver’s licenses and he was afraid to call an ambulance. He ended up waiting for 24 hours after the accident ― until his employer could arrange a ride. FULL STORY »

$75K in penalties for dairy’s role in fish-kill incident

A dairy in Michigan’s “thumb” region has reportedly agreed to pay $75,000 in penalties for its role in one of the worst fish kills in state history. The Detroit News reports that Noll Dairy Farm, of Croswell, Mich., will pay for an incident that occurred in August 2009. FULL STORY »

‘Terribly offensive’ provisions of child-labor proposal cited

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has been trying to get a face-to-face meeting with U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on proposed regulations governing child labor on farms. But she has declined, leaving it up to her staff. He even invited her to come to Kansas and meet with farm families. FULL STORY »

Under the circumstances, some will take $17.89 per cwt.

Last week, the nation's largest dairy cooperative came out with an estimate that the all-milk price will average $17.89 per hundredweight this year, compared to $20.14 last year. A few years ago, if you told farmers they would get $17.89, they would say “OK,” noted DFA President and CEO Rick Smith. “But it’s a different world (today),” he added. High feed costs have eroded profit margins, even at relatively high milk prices. FULL STORY »

Meet the new stars of the dairy universe

On March 7, in a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., four farms and two processors were recognized for sustainable dairy practices. Now, they are the stars of a new Got Milk? ad. FULL STORY »

At least PETA kept it G-rated outside an elementary school

A person dressed up as a carrot appeared outside of Browne Elementary School in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday afternoon just as students were about to be dismissed for the day. The pro-vegan carrot mascot held a sign saying, "Eat Your Veggies, Not Your Friends." FULL STORY »

Milk production takes a huge LEAP

The headline, “February milk production up 8.3 percent” is shocking, since monthly reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture rarely show an increase of more than 3 percent on a year-over-year basis. Then, the USDA noted that February was a leap year month, so an adjustment was made from 8.3 percent to 4.6 percent so an equal number of days were compared. FULL STORY »

Hutjens sees opportunities Play video

Forty to 60 percent of the cost of producing milk will be in feed, so any efficiences gained in this area will pay huge dividends. Mike Hutjens, professor emeritus of dairy science at the University of Illinois, outlined some of the opportunities at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin business conference this week. FULL STORY »

Farmers face greater volatility

Price volatility has become a fact of life in agriculture, and how well a farmer is able to handle that volatility could well determine whether he stays in business. FULL STORY »

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