HD Notebook

Stop learning is to stop living

Tue, 01/25/2011

As people get older, some believe that they have learned all they need to know and forego any further education, whether formal or informal. And with the hectic lives that dairy producers lead, many focus their time on completing the daily tasks at hand and don’t ponder expanding their knowledge in a classroom or at a conference. But, as some say, if you stop learning, you really stop living. Read more

World demand for dairy keeps growing

Mon, 01/24/2011

“There’s a love affair with dairy around the globe,” said International Dairy Foods Association’s Chief Executive Office, Connie Tipton at the 26th annual Dairy Forum in Miami, Fla., on Monday, January 24. Read more

Why we’re wary of high futures prices

Fri, 01/21/2011

Do you watch daily Class III milk futures prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange? We do. While it’s exciting to see rosier financial prospects for the industry in 2011, we’re skeptical . . . and wary. There are a few reasons why: Read more

Lots of dairy news lately

Thu, 01/20/2011

Three reports came available recently. So, instead of focusing on one topic, today we will touch on three.

Last week, the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) met in Washington and reviewed a final draft of its recommendations. There are 20 some recommendations that will made to the Secretary of Agriculture. Here are some that are most timely in terms of current dairy policy discussions. Read more

NAEMS details and data released by EPA

Wed, 01/19/2011

If you read our most recent issue, you would've noticed an article by Frank Mitloehner from the University of California- Davis who is taking the time to set the record straight on the dairy industry's greenhouse gas emissions. At one point, the facts were misconstrued by those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Read more

Think outside the box for by-product potential

Tue, 01/18/2011

We’re familiar with the benefits of by-products in rations such as whole cottonseed, brewers grains, and beet pulp. When products like these can be successfully utilized by using all available parts, it is a win-win-win. That’s because the environment wins, too, with little to no wasted end-product. Read more

Seed company develops drought-tolerant corn

Mon, 01/17/2011

The demand for corn continues to grow due, in part, to the federal government’s ethanol mandate and the world’s growing population. As this occurs, corn growers are planting the crop on land that is not always ideally suited for the crop. Read more

Good news from the Heartland: Land values rising

Fri, 01/14/2011

It’s just one state and it may not reflect what is happening across the rest of U.S. agriculture, but it’s still good news in an industry that can certainly use some: Farmland values in Indiana are shooting up. Read more

USDA report reignites feed markets

Thu, 01/13/2011

The trend has been up for a long time, and yesterday’s much-awaited Crop Production and Grain Stocks reports did nothing to cool the feed-cost fire. Read more

When "milk" is no longer milk

Wed, 01/12/2011

When you're contemplating selections at the grocery store, do you ever stop and consider grabbing an off-brand? After all, its probably exactly the same, right? Read more

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