Research And Development

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...

The study findings align with the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015–2020). Pic: Getty/DenizA

Drinking 2% milk ages adults faster than 1% milk

By Beth Newhart

Adults who drink 1% or nonfat milk were found to age less biologically than adults who drink 2% or whole milk. The new study from Brigham Young University (BYU) analyzed milk fat intake and telomere length.

“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.

The pending location in south central Idaho is considered the heart of the state's dairy industry. Pics: The University of Idaho

Largest US research dairy set for Idaho

By Beth Newhart

The University of Idaho has planned the largest research dairy in the US, set to break ground in 2021. A demonstration farm and agro-tourism center will accompany the 2,000-cow dairy on Idaho’s campus.

Large scale operations in new areas are driving US milk production. Pic: Getty/Yauhen Akulich

Are Idaho and Texas the future of US dairy?

By Beth Newhart

More milk production is happening on fewer farms, and large-scale operations have expanded into non-traditional markets. Rabobank’s latest report on the changing US dairy landscape examines the biggest challenges.

Naturally-occurring MFGM with phospholipids and glycoproteins is ideal for brain and gut health in infants. Pic: Arla

Awareness of MFGM growing

By Beth Newhart

More pregnant women are familiar with the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), a nutritional component naturally occurring in breast milk. It’s now being used as an ingredient in infant formula to “close the gap further between breast milk and formula.”

Ben & Jerry's plans to source its future CBD locally from its home state.

Ben & Jerry’s announces intent for CBD ice cream launch

By Beth Newhart

CBD has not yet been fully legalized in the US, but Ben & Jerry’s is already for preparing for when it may be. The company released a statement committing to incorporating CBD into future ice cream innovations as soon as it is federally legalized....

Cottage cheese ‘renaissance’ heats up in the US

By Beth Newhart

The meteoric rise in popularity of Greek yogurt over the last decade has shown that consumers respond well to high-protein dairy snacks. Cottage cheese falls into that category and has been making a mainstream comeback with single serves.

As GHG emissions go down, butter prices could go up

By Beth Newhart

The EU uses environmentally friendly fuels like ethanol and biodiesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). But the vegetable oils that make up EU biodiesel are facing high demand and a higher carbon tax, resulting in price increases for butter.

Are consumers really confused by dairy alternative names? Pic: ©GettyImages/byheaven

Plant-based labels argument continues

By Beth Newhart

In 2018 the FDA committed to looking into the arguments surrounding plant-based dairy alternative product labels using dairy terms. The agency collected public input on the debate until January 25.

New evidence suggests any kind of light can spoil dairy products

By Beth Newhart

Light protection services and certification company Noluma has released new research that tackles the effects of light exposure on milk and other dairy products. Vitamin A, vitamin D and riboflavin levels in milk all begin to deplete after just two hours.

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