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December 1, 2010

In December 2009, America’s dairy industry concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) that provides dairy farmers and their representative organizations with access to funding for innovative projects that will enhance the sustainability of dairy farms across the nation.  USDA has indicated that $130 million in federal funding for these purposes will be made available during 2010-13.

November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving is likely the biggest eating day of the year, followed by the Super Bowl. In spirit of the holiday, we thought it would be fun to post a few easy and healthy snack ideas that will keep you and guests satisfied until Turkey time. We don’t know about you, but holiday snacks are something we are definitely thankful for! Cheese Platter Cube some of your favorite cheeses and serve with an array of crackers or small slices of bread.

November 19, 2010

Cow manure.  Like many other things, its beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.  To dairy farmers, it’s a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer that – when applied to croplands – sustains the cycle of agricultural life.  To others, it’s an environmental headache which – when it gets into the wrong places – can threaten sensitive ecologies.

November 10, 2010

The New York Times recently published an article entitled While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales – which accused the federal government of cross-purpose policy making in respect to dairy marketing.

November 4, 2010

It’s one of the most popular current misconceptions about milk:  that it causes early-onset puberty in girls – known clinically as precocious puberty.  This notion gained widespread exposure after the mid-1990s, when some animal-rights and anti-biotechnology advocates suggested a link between precocious puberty and consumption of milk from cows supplemented with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST – also known as “bovine growth hormone”).  To those unarmed with the facts, such a suggestion had a certain plausibility:  an animal growth-inducing hormone, ingested via cow’s milk, mi

October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat!  It’s that time of year again, when goblins, princesses and super heroes ring doorbells to fill their bags with candy.  But overloading on sugary snacks isn’t something one wants to encourage in kids - or adults – especially given the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes in the U.S.  Did you know that the typical Trick-or-Treater will bring home 250 pieces of candy?  And with the average “fun size” candy bar packing between 60 and 100 calories each, any notion of a “balanced diet” can quickly be out the window.

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