HD Notebook

Whole Foods begins animal welfare labeling

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
Mon, 03/28/2011

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New Arizona Extension Dairy Specialist

Date: 
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

February milk was up . . . but not as much

Date: 
Thu, 03/24/2011

Milk output during February in the top 23 states was up 2.4 percent over a year ago. But the growth rate was down slightly from 2.5 percent in January. Nationally, February output was up 2.0 percent compared to 2.1 in January. During 2010, U.S. milk production was up 1.8 percent. Read more

Government accountability in 2011

Date: 
Wed, 03/23/2011

Want to know what the administrator of the EPA is up to today?

In the past few months, it has become evident that many farmers, agricultural organizations, and agribusinesses have become suspect of the EPA’s intentions to interfere with business-as-usual. Sometimes, we’d all like to know, “Just what are they thinking?” For today, here’s your answer: Read more

Food Safety a Priority

Date: 
Tue, 03/22/2011

With the recent events of an earthquake and tsunami, the safety of the human food supply in Japan is getting much attention. The World Health Organization official claims the food safety situation is “more serious” than originally thought. Read more

Alfalfa, CAFO litigation makes headlines

Date: 
Mon, 03/21/2011

After completing the most comprehensive study on a genetically engineered (GE) crop in the nation’s history, the organic community is still not satisfied with USDA’s recent decision to make Roundup Ready alfalfa available to the nation’s alfalfa growers. So dissatisfied with the decision, a coalition led by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a new lawsuit against the USDA. Read more

2010 was another record year for dairy exports

Date: 
Fri, 03/18/2011

Any doubt that the U.S. is once and for all a major player in global dairy exports can be put to rest by its record achievements in 2010. According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council:

• Total milk solids exports were 3.04 billion pounds, up 40 percent from 2009.
• Total export value was $3.71 billion, up 63 percent. Read more

We’re welcoming 150 visitors

Date: 
Thu, 03/17/2011

Today, we are expecting at least 150 visitors at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm as part of a tour sponsored by M & I Bank for its dairy clients. At the suggestion of M & I loan officers and because of the current dairy situation, we will be focusing on how we have made use of some of our older facilities to expand our herd and provide better care for our close-up cows. Read more

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