Dean Foods says it plans to leave the International Dairy Foods Association, saying one of the company’s key priorities – how to approach plant-based dairy alternatives using traditional nomenclature – is “no longer shared by the entire IDFA organization.”
House Democratic leaders are aiming to push through a stopgap spending bill this week after threatening a fight with the White House, and potentially with some of their own rural members, over a plan that could jeopardize farmers’ trade aid payments.
In collaboration with Fair Trade USA, the World Wildlife Fund, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), Cornell University, other state programs, and dairy farmers, Chobani is spearheading the effort to validate the good work producers are making when dairy farming.
While many farmers and ranchers have been successful in reducing their carbon footprint, making significant new progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require government assistance and new financial incentives, especially now that farmers are struggling to cope with depressed commodity prices, senators were told Tuesday.
Dairy farmers considering whether to sign up for the new farm bill benefits should consider this: Milk prices are likely to remain relatively stagnant for several years due in part to consolidation that has made many farms less responsive to market signals.
USDA economists expect farmers to increase plantings of corn this spring while reducing their soybean production as the Trump administration's ongoing trade war with China remains unsettled. Record amounts of meat and milk production are projected.