Dairy


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    Dairy industry, grocers make pledges to White House nutrition and anti-hunger initiatives

    Commitments build on a public-private partnership to boost food access and end diet-related diseases by 2030.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran , Feb. 28, 2024
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    Food inflation declines in January but remains a potent force

    Grocers have been working to demonstrate to shoppers that they have taken steps to help make a trip to the supermarket more affordable.

    By Sam Silverstein • Feb. 20, 2024
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    Are California’s dairy digesters cost effective? A new report casts doubt.

    The state’s efforts to reduce methane emissions from cow waste cost 17 times more than officials claim, according to a food advocacy nonprofit.

    By S.L. Fuller • Feb. 14, 2024
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    FDA to withdraw policy on animal feed additives, slashing red tape for startups

    As new companies develop breakthroughs to tackle climate change, the agency is streamlining the process to bring those innovations to market.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    USDA offers online payment tool for farm loan borrowers

    The new online option will give farmers and ranchers an alternative to making payments by phone, mail or visits to a USDA office.

    By James Pothen • Feb. 7, 2024
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    Democrats join push to stop climate funding from going to farm biogas projects

    The growing movement to capture methane from livestock waste only further encourages mass-scale industrial agriculture, a group of lawmakers said in a letter to the USDA. 

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    Midwest dairy co-op joins Vanguard Renewables food-to-fuel alliance

    Foremost Farms is the latest food manufacturer exploring opportunities to turn waste into renewable natural gas through anaerobic biodigestion.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    Autonomous tractors, robot milkers: How AI is transforming the future of farm tech

    Artificial intelligence stands to revolutionize agriculture by opening new pathways for the industry to optimize production and address climate change.

    By Tasmiha Khan, Iman Adem and Sarah Zimmerman • Jan. 24, 2024
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    Organic Valley begins paying dairy farmers to capture carbon

    The co-op is cutting out the middleman in operating its own carbon credit program that rewards suppliers for adopting regenerative agriculture practices.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    Imagindairy expands manufacturing to lower consumer cost of plant-based dairy

    The Israel-based food tech startup acquired its own industrial-scale, precision fermentation production lines focused on alternative dairy ingredients.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Jan. 22, 2024
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    Milk carton shortage may last through school year

    Pactiv Evergreen said it’s producing unbranded, half-pint cartons at maximum capacity as supply chain disruptions still challenge dairies and schools. 

    By Katie Pyzyk • Jan. 16, 2024
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    Danone to sell Horizon Organic and Wallaby brands to PE firm

    The sale of its premium organic dairy businesses in the U.S. to Platinum Equity will allow the food and beverage maker to prioritize its health-focused offerings and reinvest in growth initiatives.

    By Christopher Doering • Jan. 8, 2024
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    Minnesota lost 7% of its dairies in a year

    The state reported a net loss of 58 permits in November alone as farmers across the country struggled with high input costs and low commodity values.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    Cal-Maine to acquire Tyson plant for egg production

    The company said it will convert the Missouri facility, which was shuttered by Tyson last year, to grade eggs.

    By Chris Casey • Jan. 3, 2024
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    Cheesemongers rejoice! U.S. production to climb 2% in 2024

    More production capacity is expected to meet increasing demand for cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan globally and domestically.

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    Bill to expand school milk options sours in Senate

    After bipartisan approval in the House, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act was blocked in the Senate following a request for unanimous consent.

    By Anna Merod • Dec. 21, 2023
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    Agriculture’s year in review: The biggest stories of 2023

    A farm bill extension and an economic downturn came just as the industry began an expensive transformation to adapt and mitigate climate change. 

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Wisconsin cheese farmers share 2024 food trends

    Cooking and consuming food at home, adventurous flavors and “mindful indulgence” will drive consumer behavior, according to producers from the major dairy state.

    By Chris Casey • Dec. 18, 2023
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    House passes bipartisan push to expand school milk options

    Policymakers say the bill will provide students with essential nutrients, while studies suggest limiting dairy options has benefits for low-income children.

    By Naaz Modan • Dec. 15, 2023
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    The biggest food sustainability pledges at COP28, from Bezos to JBS

    Food companies commit millions of dollars to tackle methane and advance regenerative agriculture, while governments prioritize farming in climate action plans. Here are the highlights from the U.N. climate summit in Dubai.

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    US cheese consumption in 2022 was whey up

    Consumers are eating more dairy than ever, even as milk demand reaches an all-time low. 

    By Dec. 6, 2023
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    Darigold CEO steps down

    Board Chairman Allan Huttema will take over as interim chief executive as the dairy co-op is in the midst of a company-wide transformation to become a global ingredients provider.

    By Dec. 5, 2023
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    Generate Upcycle threatens to close anaerobic digester over Michigan permitting changes

    The company may shutter its 150,000-ton-per-year Fremont Regional Digester this month if it’s required to obtain a groundwater permit for its liquid digestate, which has been marketed as a fertilizer.

    By Jacob Wallace • Dec. 4, 2023
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    US loses trade dispute over access to Canada’s dairy market

    Farm groups called the ruling a "surprising setback" that weakens the value of the USMCA.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    Danone’s Horizon Organic suspends use of milk from Texas farm at center of PETA report

    The animal rights group released images showing animal suffering and deaths at the operation near Dallas. It urged the USDA to open an investigation.

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 22, 2023