MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE 2018 DAIRY SCIENCE GOLF OUTING

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR THE 2018 DAIRY SCIENCE GOLF OUTING Money Raised Supports Undergraduate Programs   Have you seen flecks of green grass in your lawn yet?  If you’re a golfer no doubt you’ve looked and are anxiously awaiting fun days on the golf course again.  Why not get the rust off your clubs and kick-off your season at the UW-Madison Dairy Science’s Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic?  This year’s outing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at the award winning University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.    University

Applications Being Accepted for Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program Scholarships

Applications Being Accepted for Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program Scholarships Delaware Valley, St. Joseph’s University Students Eligible   Philadelphia – (April 9, 2018) – Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with a focus in dairy science or an interest in the dairy industry at Delaware Valley University or the food marketing program at Saint Joseph’s University, are encouraged to apply for two $1,500 scholarships offered by the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. Application deadline is May 11, 2018. Scholarship criteria include academic achievement, experience in the

House Farm Bill Proposal Leaves Much to Be Desired

House Farm Bill Proposal Leaves Much to Be Desired After much anticipation and heated deliberations, the House Agriculture Committee released its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill last Thursday. On Wednesday of this week, the committee marked up the draft in an hours-long process, ultimately advancing the bill to the full House of Representatives on a party-line vote, 26 to 20. The bill is wholly inadequate for providing family farmers with the resources they need to endure the worst decline in the farm economy in decades, according to NFU First and foremost,

Secretary Perdue Announces New Senior Leaders at USDA

Secretary Perdue Announces New Senior Leaders at USDA (Washington, D.C., April 19, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the selection of senior leaders in several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Perdue appointed Ken Isley as Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, Joel Baxley as Rural Housing Service (RHS) Administrator, and Martin Barbre as Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator. In addition, Perdue announced the appointment of Tommie Williams as Minister-Counselor for Agriculture at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

2018 Delaware Valley University Green and Gold Sale Results

2018 Delaware Valley University Green and Gold Sale Results   April 7, 2018 Equine Arena, Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA Sale Co-Managers:  Delaware Valley University Dairy Society and PA Holstein Association Sale Volume – $129,175  (Live Cattle) Lots Sold – 92 Average – $1,404 Sale Volume – $5,775    (Embryos) Lots Sold – 6 Average – $963 Overall Volume – $134.950 Lots Sold – 98 Average – $1,377 Sale Staff:  Matt Lawrence-Auctioneer, David Lentz-Pedigrees, David Bitler, Nick Raggi, Josh Sanders, Eric Smith, Ken Raney Sale Co-Chairs:  Matt Edgin, Morgan Krick,

Perdue Statement on House Committee Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

Perdue Statement on House Committee Passage of 2018 Farm Bill   (Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding approval of the 2018 Farm Bill by the House Committee on Agriculture: “I commend Chairman Conaway and the House Committee on Agriculture for passing a comprehensive Farm Bill out of the Committee today. The bill closely aligns with the Farm Bill Principles released by USDA in January and is nearly identical to the legislation first introduced last week. We are encouraged that

Best of the Best: 2018 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists 

Best of the Best: 2018 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists    BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 17, 2018 – Semifinalists in the 96th Annual Holstein Association USA Distinguished Junior Member contest, a competition recognizing excellence in the Junior Holstein Association, are announced.  Established in 1922, this contest is the longest running Holstein youth program. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Holstein Association, ages 17 to 21, in recognition of a commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of agriculture

Select Sires is Home to Nearly 50% of Sires on Holstein’s Top 100 TPI List

Select Sires’ Young Sire Offering Dominates the Industry

Select Sires’ Young Sire Offering Dominates the Industry   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 18, 2018—The April sire summaries reveal that Select Sires’ Super Sampler™ lineup once again dominates the industry with availability of elite GTPI® and high Net Merit Dollar (NM$) genomic young sires. There are 30 Select Sires Super Samplers and GenerVations young sires that rank among the Top 100 GTPI Active Holstein Genomic Young Sires. If it is Net Merit you seek, Select Sires has you covered there too; with 97 Active Holstein Genomic Young Sires greater than

Preparing for the Future: Holstein’s Young Distinguished Junior Members

Preparing for the Future: Holstein’s Young Distinguished Junior Members   BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, April 18, 2018 – The National Junior Holstein Association is a dynamic organization for youth under the age of 21, with over 8,000 active members in 48 states. Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA’s annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition. The YDJM recognition is designed to reward youth, ages 9 to 16, who demonstrate a firsthand working knowledge of the dairy industry. Applicants must participate in Registered Holstein®, dairy and other activities, be role

Secretary Perdue Statement Regarding Chinese Duties on U.S. Sorghum

Secretary Perdue Statement Regarding Chinese Duties on U.S. Sorghum (Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports: “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from anywhere they choose. This is clearly a political decision by the Chinese and we reject their premise. Our sorghum producers are the most competitive in the

Live Video of Full House Agriculture Committee meeting on the Farm Bill

Live Video of Full House Agriculture Committee meeting on the Farm Bill Business Meeting RE: To consider H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018   Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. 1300 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. Full Committee – Business Meeting RE: To consider H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018   Live Video of Full House Agriculture Committee meeting on the Farm Bill

USDA and USTR Finalize Access for U.S. Pork Exports to Argentina

USDA and USTR Finalize Access for U.S. Pork Exports to Argentina (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. pork to be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992. Since the White House announced an agreement with Argentina last August, technical staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have been working with Argentina’s Ministry of Agro-Industry

New Indiana School Focuses on Agricultural Training

New Indiana School Focuses on Agricultural Training 600 Acre Farm to Offer Online and Hands-On Learning   (CARMEL, MARCH 12, 2018) – Online students in Indiana are about to get their hands dirty. Indiana Agriculture & Technology School (IATS) is a new tuition-free charter school that couples online learning with labs and project-based activities down on the farm. “Agriculture is a key to Indiana’s economic foundation,” says Allan Sutherlin, one of the school’s founders. “But many farmers are aging out and the next generation needs more than just an apprenticeship.

April’s Dairy Data Dashboard 

April’s Dairy Data Dashboard  By Mark O’Keefe April 13, 2018 Every month, USDEC aggregates domestic and global dairy data to create 10 charts displayed in a one-page, printable dashboard.  The April Dairy Data Dashboard is now available. Get a one-page PDF of this dashboard.   Get a one-page PDF of this dashboard.Want more dairy data? Go here and scroll down page, past the dashboard, to dig deep into our interactive charts. Get an email alert when the latest Dairy Data Dashboard publishes mid-month by subscribing to the U.S. Dairy Exporter blog here. Delve into USDEC’s frequently updated interactive charts showing market

Congressional Budget Office Updates Farm Bill Math

Congressional Budget Office Updates Farm Bill Math   On April 12, 2018, the House Agricultural Committee released text of the 2018 Farm Bill. One of the key components of the farm bill negotiations is often what’s called farm bill math. The math underlying the 2018 farm bill was released in early April by the Congressional Budget Office. On April 9, 2018, CBO released projections on expected spending for selected programs for the current budget year plus 10 years, i.e. the 10-year baseline. These baseline projections identify expected outlays associated with a

Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill

Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill (Washington, D.C., April 12, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill: “I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance.  In

2018 Spring Dairy Carousel Holstein Show

2018 Spring Dairy Carousel Holstein Show Judge: Chad Ryan, Wisconsin, USA There 237 head shown through the ring. Winter Heifer Calf Class 1. Beslea Doorman Lattitude, (VAL-BISSON DOORMAN-ET), Beslea Farm, Ontario, Canada 2. Maiz-N-Blu Add Lucy-Red, (MR ANSLY ADDICTION-P-RED-ET), Entourage Farm LLR, Maryland 3. Plum-Line Diamond Luster, (MR D APPLE DIAMONDBACK), Brooke Carey, Pennsylvania 4. Show-Mar Sirwood Rowdy 1438, (MATTENHOF SIRWOOD), Dylan Boy Brantner, Pennsylvania 5. PETITCLERC HIGH OCTANE SHERYL, (STANTONS HIGH OCTANE), Ferme Clemar & Andre Dion, Quebec, Canada 6. McWilliams Attic Delight, (ALLYNDALE-I ATTIC-ET), Sam McWilliams, Pennsylvania 7. ZBW Capture

2018 New York Holstein Association Junior Holstein Spring Show

2018 New York Holstein Association Junior Holstein Spring Show 104 head were shown through the ring. Judges: Jack Lomeo Jr. Herman, New York   Associate Judge: Ysabel Jacobs St-Francois Est, QC, Canada   Winter Heifer Calf Class 1. ZBW Capture Loca (BLONDIN ZIMMER CAPTURE), Mason Ziemba, New York 2. Maple-Downs Aniston-Red-ET, (MR Hotstuffs Hypnotic), Hannah King, New York 3. Maple-Downs Anissa-Red-ET, (MR Hotstuffs Hypnotic), Nate King, New York 4. Country-Path LM Drm Jasmine, (Val-Bisson Doorman), Lilly Mills & Katelyn Nolt, New York 5. Tiger-Lily Awes Rejoice-Red, (Luck-E Awesome-RED), Lily Marshman,

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Trump Has Not Forgotten Rural America’s Needs, Contributions”

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Trump Has Not Forgotten Rural America’s Needs, Contributions” “…his administration remains committed to being a voice for America’s farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters.” Trump has not forgotten rural America’s needs, contributions   By Secretary Sonny Perdue Lexington Herald-Leader April 5, 2018 … While Congress continues its work on the Farm Bill, rural prosperity, and many other agriculture priorities, this administration remains committed to being a voice for America’s farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters. In the 11 months since I was sworn in as U.S.

Select Sires is Home to Nearly 50% of Sires on Holstein’s Top 100 TPI List

Select Sires Adds Twelve Graduates to Proven Lineup

Select Sires Adds Twelve Graduates to Proven Lineup   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 6, 2018— Select Sires adds twelve daughter-proven sires to the lineup following the April genetic evaluations. The graduating class is primarily Holstein but includes one Brown Swiss sire. These exceptionally diverse Holstein graduates are sired by 10 different bulls, offering outcross pedigrees while maintaining elite genetic rank. Seven sires carry Select’s new CalvingPRO™ designation, including 7HO12600 MODESTY, 7HO12533 HOTSHOT and 7HO12450 AMBITION. Five new sires carry the FeedPRO® designation, designed for maximum feed efficiency and increased profit

ADVISORY: Secretary Perdue Concludes “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour in Kentucky TOMORROW

ADVISORY: Secretary Perdue Concludes “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour in Kentucky TOMORROW (Wilberforce, OH, April 5, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will conclude his third “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour in Kentucky TOMORROW, Friday April 6th with events at Sorghum Farm and Mill to discuss opportunities for veterans in agriculture, a tour of Montgomery County High School’s Agriculture Department including a roundtable discussion with local agriculture leaders, a lunch with the Kentucky Farm Bureau at May’s Lick Mill, and a tour Keeneland Race Track. During

Margin Protection Program (MPP Webinar on April 9 )

Margin Protection Program (MPP Webinar on April 9 )         – e‑Alert April 5, 2018 MPP Webinar on April 9 By: Andrew M. Novaković, PhD, The E.V. Baker Professor of Agricultural Economics, The C.H. Dyson School of Applied Econ. & Mgmt, Cornell University Significant changes to the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers were made in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The Farm Service Agency has recently announced new implementation rules to accommodate the changes. Mark Stephenson and Andrew Novakovic, from the University of Wisconsin and

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 11

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 11 BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 5, 2018 – Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is the cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation. YDLI is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI’s three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefits of influential leadership. YDLI has over 600 alumni that can attest to its merit. The Holstein Foundation is seeking young adults,

New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows

New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows           – Webinar Thursday Dairy Updates New Dietary Approaches to Manage Hypocalcemia in Transition Cows April 12 | 12:30 – 1:15 PM Tom Overton, Professor of Dairy Management, Cornell University; Director, PRO-DAIRY; Associate Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Department of Animal Science, Agriculture and Food SystemsNutritional management of hypocalcemia in transition cows continues to evolve. Dr. Overton will share the most current thinking on feeding and nutritional strategies for this important aspect of transition cow programs. Join the

The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way

The American Dairy Coalition Reassures Farmers That Help Is on the Way The ADC recently held an informative seminar covering a new proposed guestworker visa program for the dairy industry, as well as an update on dairy risk management programs The American Dairy Coalition welcomed many dairy producers and allied industry businesses from several Midwestern states to an informative seminar held at last week’s Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD. Presenters discussed important tools to help producers continue to sustain and grow their businesses well into the future.

2018 New York Spring Dairy Carousel Schedule

  2018 New York Spring Dairy Carousel Schedule     Wednesday, April 4 8:00 a.m. Barns open   Thursday, April 5 12:00 p.m. Exclusive Opportunity Sale, Poultry Barn 7:00 p.m. All cattle in place   Friday, April 6 1:00 p.m. Richard Keene Memorial Youth Judging Contest & PDCA Judges Conference, sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast AgEnchancement 6:00 p.m. Protein Breeds Sale   Saturday, April 7 9:00 a.m. NY Jr. Holstein Show 12:00 p.m. Ayrshire Show (Ring 1) & Guernsey Show (Ring 2) 3:00 p.m. Youth Showmanship Contest   Sunday, April

2018 Pennsylvania Holstein Spring Show

2018 Pennsylvania Holstein Spring Show   2018 PA Holstein Spring Show March 30, 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA Michael Creek, Judge 202 Head Shown Junior Champions – Youth Show Junior Champion – Heart & Soul Gold Runway (Winter Yearling) Sire:  Mr Chassity Gold Chip-Et Owner:  Matthew Boop, Millmont Reserve Junior Champion – Windy-Knoll-View Creamchese (Fall Calf) Sire:  Walnutlawn Solomon-Et Owner:  Reese Burdette, Mercersburg   Junior Champions – Open Show Junior Champion – Ran-Can Alonzo Cliché-Et  (Spring Yearling) Sire:  Norca Silky Alonzo-Et Owners:  Chris & Jen Hill, Frank Connelly,

Secretary Perdue Kicks Off Third “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour in Michigan TOMORROW

Secretary Perdue Kicks Off Third “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour in Michigan TOMORROW   (Washington, D.C., April 2, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Michigan TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 3rd to kick off his third “Back to Our Roots” RV Tour with stops at Michigan State University’s Agriculture Research Lab, Clemons Pork Processing Plant, and Mastronardi Produce. During the RV tour, the Secretary will hear ideas and concerns from local farmers, agriculture students and researchers, business owners, community leaders, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees.

Introducing Elite Sexed Fertility at Select Sires

Introducing Elite Sexed Fertility at Select Sires   PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 2, 2018— Select Sires continues their commitment to customer-owner success with the introduction of the Elite Sexed FertilityTM product line. Beginning this April, the cooperative will identify sires with superior fertility sex-sorted semen using an Elite Sexed Fertility designation. Data analysis and implementation Select Sires has collaborated extensively in research efforts, leading to improvements in fertility potential of sex-sorted semen, including genderSELECTedTM SexedULTRATM 2M and gender SELECTed SexedULTRATM 4M. However, research trials and field fertility data clearly and

Milked for all it’s worth: 20 years after buyout, last of Ezell family exits Purity Dairies

Milked for all it’s worth: 20 years after buyout, last of Ezell family exits Purity Dairies   By Adam Sichko  – Senior Reporter, Nashville Business Journal Mar 28, 2018, 3:12pm This week, Mark Ezell is leaving Purity Dairies, the business that made his family into one of the more notable legacy names in Nashville’s business community. The numbers are staggering: more than a century in business; $200 million of annual sales; 450 employees; 100 million containers of milk, ice cream and other products shipped each year. Whether it was yellow milk

American Lamb Board Establishes Goal of 2 Percent Demand Growth Yearly

American Lamb Board Establishes Goal of 2 Percent Demand Growth Yearly Denver, Colo. – The American Lamb Board (ALB) has approved a new long range plan for 2018-2022 to focus the work of the checkoff and its stakeholders in the areas of promotion, information and research over the next five years – and it boldly sets a demand growth goal. The strategic objective of the plan is to increase demand for American Lamb by 2 percent annually over the next five years, for a total demand growth of 10 percent.

Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan

Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan   By James Nason, 27 February 2018 An extraordinary case in which a giant US meat corporation and a small US shelf-company appear set to be granted a patent over methods of genomic analysis in the Australian cattle industry is set to come to a head this Friday…….. READ MORE…..https://www.beefcentral.com/news/genetic-patent-claim-an-assault-on-entire-australian-livestock-industry-osullivan/   Genetic patent claim an assault on entire Australian livestock industry: O’Sullivan

Dairy Promotion Directors Elect Board Officers

Dairy Promotion Directors Elect Board Officers   ROSEMONT, IL – Leaders of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) announce the following dairy farmers as new officers.   The DMI and NDB elections were held during the February board meeting of DMI.   DMI officers:   Chair – Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Pa. Vice Chair – Steve Maddox, Riverdale, Calif. Secretary – David “Skip” Hardie, Lansing, N.Y. Treasurer – Larry Hancock, Muleshoe, Texas   DMI, which manages the national

Agriculture Industry Eager for Action on Infrastructure

Agriculture Industry Eager for Action on Infrastructure   Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter February 24, 2018 10:00 PM, EST WASHINGTON— The fate of American agriculture hinges upon the strength of the nation’s infrastructure, according to Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Duvall, a third-generation farmer who specializes in beef cattle and poultry, stressed the importance of delivering infrastructure projects to support farmers and the movement of goods. Beef cattle, as opposed to dairy cattle, are raised for meat production. Duvall spoke at the National Governors Association’s winter

NEW SPOKESPERSON CROWNED FOR NEW YORK STATE DAIRY INDUSTRY AT THE 55TH ANNUAL NEW YORK STATE DAIRY PRINCESS PAGEANT

NEW SPOKESPERSON CROWNED FOR NEW YORK STATE DAIRY INDUSTRY AT THE 55TH ANNUAL NEW YORK STATE DAIRY PRINCESS PAGEANT     Syracuse, N.Y. – (February 20, 2018) Hailey Pipher from Chemung County was crowned the 2018-2019 New York State Dairy Princess on February 20th at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York.  Having served as the Chemung County Dairy Princess since spring of 2017, Pipher will devote an additional year to promoting milk and dairy products with American Dairy Association North East (ADANE). As state princess, she receives a $1,200

Three New Videos Promote U.S. Dairy Exports to Global Customers

Three New Videos Promote U.S. Dairy Exports to Global Customers By Kara McDonald  February 21, 2018 Share these videos on social media and embed them on your website. Partnerships. Supply Security. Growth. These are the themes of three new videos promoting U.S. dairy exports to our business customers throughout the world. The videos were released on ThinkUSAdairy.org, the U.S. Dairy Export Council’s website for global customers. USDEC members and others in the U.S. dairy industry are encouraged to share the videos with customers on social media and embed them on

Organic Produce Sales, Movin’ On Up

Organic Produce Sales, Movin’ On Up The Organic Produce Network in partnership with Nielson released 2017 figures on sales of fresh organic produce sold in grocery stores. The figures are impressive. Overall, organic fresh vegetable sales led the produce sector with $2.4 billion in sales, up 6 percent by volume and 4 percent by value from 2016. Organic fresh fruit with sales of $1.6 billion showed stronger growth, with volume and dollar sales up 12.6 percent compared to 2016…….. READ MORE…….. Organic Produce Sales, Movin’ On Up

Electronic trading brings anonymity. Understand how CME dairy spot markets function

Electronic trading brings anonymity. Understand how CME dairy spot markets function Posted on February 11, 2018 By Sherry Bunting, Reprinted from Farmshine, February 9, 2018 CHICAGO, Ill. — The CME dairy spot markets have been evolving since arriving in Chicago after a tumultuous past on the Green Bay Cheese Exchange, writes Ronald K. O’Brien, II, a dairy market risk specialist and geostrategist. He is director of global derivatives for Interfood, multidimensional global dairy risk managers using physical and financial global dairy markets to offset internal sales and inventory risk. Recently, Farmshine