There is almost no conversation topic more neutral than the weather. That is, until weather records are set and rainy days drag on making weather top of mind and, for dairy farmers, a complicated discussion. Nichole M. Embertson, Ph.D., Nutrient Management Specialist at the Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) spends a lot of time talking to farmers about the weather.
The Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) are offering a statewide scholarship for high school seniors involved in 4-H or FFA dairy programs. This scholarship will recognize two class of 2017 graduating seniors who exhibit excellence in academics, leadership, passion for the dairy community and commitment to community service.
Two scholarships are available, $1,000 and $500.
Every BODY needs Milk
Guest Column: Julie Humphreys –Community Relations Mgr./Second Harvest
June is Dairy Month
Spokane, Wash. - Deer Park dairy farmer Stephanie Littrel will be at the Yokes Fresh Market in Argonne Village (9329 E. Montgomery, Spokane Valley) on June 13th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Littrel’s appearance is part of the annual “Meet Your Local Dairy Farmer” program during June – Dairy Month.
Lynnwood, WA — The Dairy Farmers of Washington announced Vander Haak Dairy has received the Outstanding Achievement in Renewable Energy Award from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, as part of its 3rd Annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.
Chocolate Milk as a Sports Recovery Drink
Endurance athletes, especially those training for the upcoming Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic (July 13th and 14th), have a post-workout routine called the “After” (as in ‘after the workout’). That could include stretching, listening to music or resting and recovery nutrition. An athlete’s “After” can make a dramatic difference in how they feel and perform.
Northwest Dairy Farmers and Fred Meyer stores are launching a month long “Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger” food and cash drive to benefit Feeding America affiliates; Food Lifeline, 2nd Harvest, and the Oregon Food Bank during June Dairy Month.
The effort is supported by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture, and representatives from Washington and Oregon’s agricultural commodity commissions and is led by the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Oregon.
Los Angeles-based photographer Mark Leibowitz visited Stan, Brad, and Bruce Scott, owners of the Scott Brothers Dairy in California’s San Jacinto Valley. The farm’s cows produce high-quality milk, frozen yogurt, and sour cream, and the family-run operation is quickly becoming known for its innovative technologies as much as its products. Stan and his sons, Bruce and Brad,—third- and fourth-generation milk producers—are vanguards of sustainability.
This summer’s drought sent the global price of animal feed through the roof, resulting in painful losses for dairy farmers and higher milk prices for consumers nationwide. But the American dairy industry is not helpless in the face of unpredictable weather and high input costs. Many milk producers have taken innovative steps to make their farms environmentally and economically resilient.
Turning cow manure into electricity was once a very profitable and innovative business. But now, with the abundance of natural gas, George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy is looking for another way to make a pretty penny off their resources.
Traditionally, the government has mandated labeling standards to warn consumers of potential hazards, such as smoking’s link to cancer and lung disease, and a high-fat diet’s link to numerous medical problems. Requiring the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods, on the other hand, is a solution in search of a problem.
Lucky, a 7-year-old dairy cow, had been walking with a limp for several weeks when veterinarian Sara Gilbertson was called. Instead of prescribing painkillers, Gilbertson tried an unusual new therapy – a chiropractic adjustment that included a full-length spinal massage.
Oregon’s dairy industry is revving up for a new fight over raw milk following the E. coli outbreak last month.
The recent editorial “U.S. still does too little testing for mad cow” is rife with inaccuracies.
Scientists studying the power of probiotics to fight obesity got more than they bargained for: Not only does yogurt make mice slimmer; it also makes them sexier.
America’s dairy farmers are encouraged that the on-going surveillance and inspections performed by federal authorities continue to ensure that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, does not enter the U.S. food supply.
USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford today released the following statement on the detection of BSE in the United States...
A federal judge in Iowa has rejected a lawsuit that sought to expand access to raw milk by challenging a Food and Drug Administration rule that bans interstate shipments of unpasteurized milk.
If eating breakfast isn’t part of your regular schedule, consider rethinking your morning routine. Eating breakfast – versus skipping it – has been linked with a healthier weight, improved memory, lower cholesterol and a more nutritious diet. But there’s another reason to eat breakfast every day, particularly if you’re male.
There is a lot of marketing that goes into “organic” products – especially milk and beef, which creates fear among consumers about the safety of our food supply.
For the last 15 years, Cow Palace Dairy on East Zillah Drive and North Liberty Road has been dealing with its animal waste — a major management problem for dairy producers and a source of criticism among dairy opponents — by turning it into a stable, usable product.
Lynnwood, Wash. – The Werkhoven Dairy in Monroe (Wa.) has won the Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award in the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.
With all of the negative messages about recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in dairy cattle, some consumers are concerned about the safety of the hormone for animals and humans. However, LSU AgCenter dairy scientists say there is no safety issue.