Dairy Farming

UPenn studies climate change through dairy cows

By Beth Newhart

Cows digest millions of tons of food every year that is not suitable for humans, making them ‘critical partners’ in developing sustainable, regenerative agro-food systems. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are studying the positive impacts...

Positive dairy reaction as USMCA passes Senate

By Beth Newhart

After months of uncertainty, the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) has officially passed the US House and Senate. President Donald Trump said he will sign it into law next week.

Wisconsin lost nearly 1,500 dairies in two years, despite the industry's significant contribution to the state's economy. Pic: Getty/Dcwcreations

More than 800 Wisconsin dairies closed in 2019

By Beth Newhart

Data from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture revealed that a record 10% of dairy farms in Wisconsin shuttered last year. It topped 2018’s loss of 7.25%.

Breeding technology practices can lead to increased milk production and environmental benefits.  Pic: Getty/Deb Drury

Fluid milk has room to grow with genomic testing

By Beth Newhart

The future of milk can evolve beyond organic, grass fed and a2 varieties with more widespread breeding technology, changing the way dairy farmers manage their herds, according to a new Rabobank report.

“Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania and across the US are in the fourth year of an economic downturn in which many farmers are struggling to break even.

Conservation pays on US dairy farms, even in a weak economy

By Beth Newhart

In a collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and four Pennsylvania dairy farmers, a new report finds that conservation practices generally result in a farm’s good economic health. But farmers can’t do it alone.

Cows are an ideal solution to the pumpkin problem because they are able to better digest foods that humans cannot. Pic: American Dairy Association North East

Leftover pumpkins have new life for dairy cows

By Beth Newhart

Every year discarded pumpkins release harmful methane gas into the atmosphere as they rot in landfills. And with the mainstream consumer now prioritizing sustainable agriculture and recycling, dairy farmers are stepping in to eliminate pumpkin waste.

The bill was announced at the US Capitol Building on Wednesday. Pic: Idaho Dairymen's Association

Bipartisan farm labor bill could ensure a stable workforce

By Beth Newhart

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 was introduced in the US House of Representatives this week, with the goal of expanding the H-2A foreign guestworker program and aiding with legalization of current workers.

“It’s impressive to see how this industry comes together. They don’t point fingers at each other, they work together.

DMI exec talks sustainability strategy after six months on the job

By Beth Newhart

After years of working under former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden officially joined Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) in April of 2019. Her role as executive VP of global environmental strategy has put her focus on telling the sustainability...

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