Dairy


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    USDA expands bird flu support to more dairy farms

    The department will offer payments to any producer who implements biosecurity plans, not just to those reporting positive cases.

    By May 24, 2024
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    Second US dairy farm worker tests positive for bird flu

    The CDC says the risk to the general public remains low, but underscored the importance of precautions for farmhands.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Agriculture Dive

    As the sector anxiously awaits a farm bill, producers are expected to take advantage of new opportunities in renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

    By Agriculture Dive staff
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    Major US egg producer lays off hundreds after bird flu outbreak

    Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is cutting positions in Michigan, where the virus has accelerated both in poultry and dairy cattle.

    By May 22, 2024
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    USDA wants to make it easier for farms to go organic

    The department is investing an extra $10 million to expand market opportunities and help producers transition their operations.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Mass Energy Works, Clean Energy Fuels to build 9 dairy digesters in $130M venture

    The agreement is set to produce an estimated 4 million gallons of renewable natural gas from cattle manure per year. 

    By May 16, 2024
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    How dairy farms should interpret CDC guidance on bird flu

    Farmers should not see the agency’s biosecurity recommendations as a “one-size-fits-all” solution, a veterinarian and public health expert said.

    By May 15, 2024
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    ReposiTrak adds dairy and egg suppliers to traceability network

    The platform will be used to exchange FDA-required data for tracking products considered more prone to contamination.

    By Kelly Stroh • May 15, 2024
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    US to spend $200M on bird flu fight, including dairy farm compensation

    The investment comes as public health experts raise concerns that the government isn’t doing enough to track the virus and prevent it from spreading to humans.

    By May 13, 2024
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    Agtech Seedlings: Nvidia invests in weed-killing robots | Startup lands $26M for cattle methane vaccine

    Also in this week’s farm technology news: Federal agencies collaborate on an overhaul of biotech regulation, and Syngenta's Adepidyn fungicide is on track to surpass a $1 billion sales milestone.

    By Agriculture Dive staff • May 10, 2024
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    Daisy Brand to build $626M Iowa dairy plant

    The 750,000-square facility in Boone, Iowa, will initially employ more than 100 workers.

    By Joelle Anselmo • May 10, 2024
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    CDC recommends face masks to protect farmworkers from bird flu

    The agency is asking states to make personal protection equipment available as more information comes to light about the transmission of the virus. 

    By May 9, 2024
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    M&M’s owner Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The confectionery giant is testing seaweed feed supplements and plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By May 9, 2024
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    Walmart taps Swisslog to automate 3 milk facilities

    The technology is part of the retailer’s larger goal to build a resilient and transparent supply chain while bolstering its capacity to meet demand.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 9, 2024
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    Q&A

    ‘We’re basically flying blind’: An epidemiologist’s take on the US response to bird flu

    Katelyn Jetelina, a public health expert and CDC advisor, explains why an outbreak in dairy cows is likely bigger than previously thought and what farm workers should be doing to protect themselves.

    By May 2, 2024
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    US tests ground beef from grocery stores amid bird flu concerns

    Expanded testing comes as Colombia imposes beef trade restrictions over the outbreak in dairy cows.

    By April 30, 2024
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    Traces of bird flu detected in 1 in 5 grocery store milk samples: FDA study

    The findings come as avian influenza continues to spread in U.S. dairy herds, with a ninth state reporting a positive case.

    By April 29, 2024
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    Vanguard, TotalEnergies announce joint venture for at least 10 dairy digesters

    The facilities will produce renewable natural gas using waste from the food and beverage industries, supplemented with manure from farms.

    By Jacob Wallace • April 26, 2024
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    US orders dairy cows to be tested for bird flu before moving between states

    The move comes after the Food and Drug Administration discovered fragments of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial pasteurized milk.

    By April 25, 2024
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    Bird flu remnants found in pasteurized milk: FDA

    The federal agency still considers the commercial milk supply safe. The results of more studies are said to be released in the “next few days to weeks."

    By April 24, 2024
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    Opinion

    A secret about eggs

    The industry kills millions of male chicks each year because they don’t lay eggs. Here’s why and how we should end this grisly practice as some European countries already have, writes Alex Crisp.

    By Alex Crisp • Updated April 22, 2024
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    General Mills plans to cut dairy emissions 40% by end of decade

    The cereal giant is more than halfway to its goal of enrolling 1 million acres in its regenerative agriculture plan, according to its latest corporate sustainability report.

    By Chris Casey • April 18, 2024
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    Chevron, Brightmark grow dairy digester network with Southwest renewable plant

    The facility will transform manure into biogas from Caballero Dairy in Eloy, Arizona.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Bird flu found in South Dakota dairy herd

    The detection adds to the growing number of states reporting positive cases in cattle.

    By April 12, 2024
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    States enact dairy cattle travel restrictions over bird flu concerns

    Key trading partners are monitoring the situation closely, with Mexico taking steps to reinforce surveillance and inspection of livestock from the U.S.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Divert plans 3rd anaerobic digestion facility

    The plant in North Carolina comes as the company expands with the aim of processing 5% of all wasted food in the U.S. by 2031.

    By Jacob Wallace • April 11, 2024