HD Notebook

Budget battle lines being drawn

Thu, 04/07/2011

Talking about the federal budget for FY (fiscal year) 2012, which runs from next October to September 2012, seems a little like getting the cart before the horse. After all, Congress still is trying to work out budget details for the current fiscal year. In other words, the country is being run without a current budget in place. It will be interesting to see how that all plays out. Read more

The economic outlook for the Upper Midwest

Wed, 04/06/2011

The Cooperative Network, a federation of cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin, held their annual dairy policy and leadership conference yesterday and today in Rochester, Minn. On Tuesday, a panel of four Dairy Industry Advisory Committee members discussed some of the thoughts and reasons behind the 23 recommendations they presented in early March. Read more

Dairy recommended as a cornerstone in American diets

Tue, 04/05/2011

Every five years, the federal government releases updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, making recommendations on servings for the various food groups. Milk and dairy products continue to be an important entity in a healthy diet. Read more

Turley daughters matching Challenges at Hoard Farm

Mon, 04/04/2011

At the Hoard Farm’s recent classification, farm manager Jason Yurs and the Hoard’s Dairyman editors were discussing the best bulls used over the past decade. Idle Gold E Challenge-ET 1GU418 topped the short list of two with 7GU394 Penny Lane Royal Oak Turley coming in a close second. So far, Challenge is topping Turley based on health traits and higher udder scores. Read more

California’s drought over . . . or so they say

Fri, 04/01/2011

There’s a war for acres going on

Thu, 03/31/2011

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Whole Foods begins animal welfare labeling

Wed, 03/30/2011

Whole Foods Market is phasing in a new five-step animal welfare rating program for all chicken, beef, and pork products (Click here for their animal welfare page). At the least, all animal products must meet an audited rating of Step 1 to be found in Whole Foods stores. Read more

The farmer’s shrinking share

Tue, 03/29/2011

New USDA analysis shows that farmers are receiving less of each retail dollar spent. Numbers in 2008 showed a 20 percent share, but new data cuts that number to 12 percent of the food dollar going to those that actually grow or produce the food consumers purchase at food stores. Read more

Farm children are suffering fewer injuries

Mon, 03/28/2011

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New Arizona Extension Dairy Specialist

Fri, 03/25/2011

Arizona dairy producers’ toolbox of resources and expertise has become tremendously bigger with the announcement that Dr. John Smith has been hired as the new University of Arizona Extension Dairy Specialist. It is a major coup for the state. Read more

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