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The mystery behind Swiss cheese holes has been revealed

Since 1917, people have believed that the holes in Swiss cheese are caused by carbon dioxide released by bacteria present in milk. However, a new study from Agroscope and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology found that the culprit is actually hay particles in the milk the cheese is made from.


OIE cuts six European countries' BSE risk level

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday it had lowered to the safest level the official risk of six countries for mad cow disease, a move expected to open international market access for their beef exports.


DeLaval enhances research partnership with University of Guelph

A new $25-million Livestock Research and Innovation Centre Dairy Facility is a unique multi-discipline research center. The facility is a joint initiative between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, the University of Guelph, and the Ontario dairy industry.


New film addresses farming, food insecurity

“The Ivy League Farmer” is a new feature film, and Iowa-based Diamond V is using the film in a non-profit initiative to help raise funds to feed hungry children in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area.


USDA announces funding to assist with organic certification costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that approximately $11.9 million in organic certification assistance is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country.


Dairy groups commend Senate action paving the way for TPA consideration next week

The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council commended the Senate Thursday for taking key steps toward approval of new Trade Promotion Authority legislation next week. By passing two trade bills with broad bipartisan support and then voting to proceed with debate on TPA, the Senate paved the way for possible approval of the legislation before Memorial Day.


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