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Sunnyside Dairy Nominated for U.S. Sustainability Award

washington Farmers Dan DeGroot

Sunnyside, Wash. – “I’m a big believer in cow comfort,” said Sunnyside dairy farmer Dan DeGroot.  “Cows are social creatures who like consistency so we milk, bed and feed them at the same time each day.”

Statement on Proposed Changes to Flavored Milk Labels

Nearly four years ago, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation filed a citizen's petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting a modification of the standards for milk and other dairy products to allow the use of non-nutritive sweeteners.  Just this week, FDA published the petition in the Federal Register along with its request for public comment.  The Dairy Farmers of Washington are not participants in the citizen’s petition.

The Demand for Valley Dairy Manure is Increasing

Russ Davis wants more cow manure.  He’s the president of Organix, a Walla Walla based company, with production facilities in Yakima County that specialize in converting cow manure into compost.

“We look for dairies that like to export their manure,” explained Davis, who works with several Yakima Valley dairies.  “Dairies have their own manure management plans, whether it’s turning manure into cow bedding or using it to fertilize their crops.  So that reduces the availability.”

What is Greek Yogurt?

Greek yogurt has seen a meteoric rise in sales and popularity in the last 5 years, but where did it come from and what exactly is it? The term ‘Greek yogurt’ is in itself slightly misleading as this particular form of yogurt is present all over the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East – Greece being only one area that has made this type of yogurt a staple in their diet.

To obtain its thick consistency, the yogurt is strained repeatedly to remove the whey, lactose, and sugars resulting in a thick “avocado-like” consistency that is both smooth and rich.

Farming the Next Generation

Agriculture is the world’s largest and most diverse industry. As the industry works to keep up with the growing food demand, passing on agriculture skills to the next generation becomes increasingly important.

Farming in particular has traditionally been a legacy, family farms being passed down from one generation to the next. And while it is often still that way, piquing interest among the younger generations is still vital, and offering the opportunity for learning is necessary.

Dairy’s MOU with USDA

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.

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