How Did AMPI Weather The Pandemic?

During the recent World Dairy Expo, Sarah Schmitt with Associated Milk Producers Inc., the largest cheese cooperative in the U.S, talked about how the co-op faired through the pandemic. “Cheese and butter were the darlings of the pandemic. When people were home baking, cooking, what do you turn to but cheese and butter, the old […]

Geiger: Holstein Diversity Meeting Consumers Demands

Butter. Cheese. Ice cream. Whole milk. Consumption is up nationally and globally. And to meet that growing demand, dairy farmers are generating more total pounds of the key ingredient, butterfat. Holstein Association USA President Corey Geiger said it’s a trend that’s been taking place for years. “In the last 10 years, the average butterfat…has gone […]

Groups Call for Stronger Approach to Preserving Common Food, Wine Terms

A coalition of agricultural groups is applauding a bipartisan letter sent this week by 111 members of Congress, urging stronger protections for American-made food and wine exports using common terms. The National Milk Producers Federation said the letter is an important message regarding the need for enhanced U.S. efforts to combat the European Union’s attempts […]

Dairy Supply Chains Need to Adjust to Changing Conditions, CoBank Says

COVID-19 is dramatically affecting consumer habits and dairy supply chains as food service demand plummets and grocery sales take off. Consumers struggling with job losses and economic uncertainty quickly returned to buying basic dairy products like fluid milk, commodity cheese, and butter. A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange indicates that consumer behavior will be […]

Doing a Deep Dive into U.S. Dairy Consumption

It’s no secret that the dairy sector has been struggling with low milk prices for years, but does that tell the whole story?  Agricultural Economic Insights took a deep dive into the U.S. dairy industry in the face of rising bankruptcies among small farmers and big milk processors like Dean Foods.   Fluid milk consumption […]

Legislators Send Letter to FDA on Dairy Labeling

Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican, have led a bipartisan coalition that sent a letter to Stephen Hahn, the new Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, asking him to stop the use of dairy terms on the labels of non-dairy products.  Under the former commissioner, the FDA began […]

USDA Expects Dairy Production To Drop In 2020

Acting World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski anticipates lower milk production in 2020.   “We reduced our milk production forecast by 400 million pounds and that’s all reflecting lower milk-per-cow production growth,” he noted.  “We kept the dairy herd size unchanged.”   He added while the USDA is predicting a drop, it will still […]

Vilsack: U.S. Dairy Future Looks Bright

Thanks to sluggish milk prices and trade uncertainty, it’s been a challenging couple of years for American dairy producers.  But Tom Vilsack, President and ECO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, believes the industry is now on the track upward.  He said American dairy farmers are competing much better on the open market against Australia, […]

Dairy Prices Looking Good Into New Year

As we prepare to wrap up 2019, what can we expect for dairy prices into the New Year?   “Imports of butter to weaken a bit for the remainder of this year in to next year,” said Acting World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski.  “On the other hand we see some strength in exports […]

Kind Introduces CURD Act to Protect Quality of Cheese

A bipartisan bill introduced by a dairy country lawmaker would create a formal definition of “natural cheese” to ensure consumers are fully informed when purchasing cheese.  Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, this week introduced the bipartisan Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act, called the CURD Act.  Kind said the bill “will give customers the information […]