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What's In Store 2015: Dairy fits consumers’ wellness goals

Health and wellness are important factors in the buying habits of an increasing number of consumers, according to What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association.

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Cheese names: U.S. dairy industry praises China-U.S. talk outcome

The U.S. dairy industry applauded a commitment to stronger protections for common food names resulting from just-concluded trade talks with China.

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

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S&W Seed purchasing DuPont Pioneer alfalfa assets

S&W Seed Company will acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa germplasm, as well as alfalfa production and research facility assets, with the first portion of the sale effective Dec. 31. A total purchase price of up to $49 million will be paid over a period of several years.

As part of the transaction, S&W Seed Company will acquire DuPont Pioneer alfalfa assets at DuPont Pioneer locations in Nampa, Idaho, and Arlington, Wis., and will extend offers of employment to alfalfa research and production employees.

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Climate Outlook for January 2015

Review of the new long range climate outlooks released today from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center indicate that the wide variability in temperature swings of fall and winter are likely to continue; and the potential for a weak El Niño lingers, explained Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist.

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Darigold’s Wegner announces retirement

Jim Wegner, president and CEO of Darigold Inc., will retire on Jan. 1, 2016. Wegner joined Darigold late in 2003 as senior vice president of operations, and accepted the position of president and CEO in 2011.

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Laura Daniels: A 2014 Vance 40 Under 40 honoree

In September, Vance Publishing Corporation’s Agribusiness Group (Dairy Herd Management is a member) revealed the honorees for its second annual “40 Under 40” Award program, recognizing people making a significant contribution to America’s food system.

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Data-driven insights on the California drought

A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.

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Arm & Hammer parent acquires Vi-Cor

Church & Dwight signed an agreement to acquire the assets of VI-COR, a manufacturer and seller of feed ingredients for dairy cows, beef cattle, poultry and other livestock, located in Mason City, Iowa. The VI-COR products are yeast-based feed ingredients for improving livestock digestive health and performance which complement our existing dairy nutrition business.

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