USDEC Members in Action
California Dairies invests in livestock carbon marketplace
May 1, 2023
California Dairies Inc., the largest dairy farmer-owned cooperative in California and second largest in the U.S., invested in Athian, which purports to be the world's first carbon marketplace for the livestock sector, according to this article in Dairy Foods magazine.
Athian provides livestock producers with economic incentives for on-farm sustainability practices, while helping improve global food system sustainability and reducing climate warming.
Biden selects Land O'Lakes CEO Beth Ford to serve on export council
March 1, 2023
The White House announced that Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford will join the President’s Export Council.
Ford will serve on the 25-member panel that acts as the major national advisory committee on international trade. Based on their extensive knowledge of trade issues, the 25 members will advise Biden and his administration on how current and proposed government policies and programs would affect U.S. trade performance.
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MMPA dairy farmers shine in national quality award program
February 2, 2023
Sixteen Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) dairy farms were awarded National Dairy Quality Awards by the National Mastitis Council (NMC).
These MMPA members make up 35 percent of the 45 nationally recognized farms in the annual award program. One MMPA farm earned the highest honor, which was granted to only six farms in the U.S. The platinum award winner was Crandall Dairy Farm in Battle Creek, Michigan.
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Dairy media invited for up close view of Tillamook’s dairy processing operations
December 12, 2022
Fourteen members of the media were invited to experience all things dairy at the headquarters of Tillamook County Creamery Association in Oregon. Wearing headsets as they toured the second-floor viewing gallery, they were able to see Tillamook's cheese processing operations in action. After getting a bird's eye view of the cheesemaking operations, it was time to sample some of the brand's cult classics, pointed out Dairy Foods magazine's Barbara Harfmann. "With all the deliciousness and educational inspiration from start to finish, the Tillamook Experience is one that I won't soon forget," she said.
DairyAmerica is U.S. Dairy Exporter of Year
October 11, 2022
DairyAmerica is honored for its service to the U.S. dairy industry, its passionate approach to trade and for exporting dairy ingredients to more than 60 countries.
The Dairy Exporter of the Year award is given by Dairy Foods magazine and sponsored by USDEC in honor of the late Tom Camerlo, a former USDEC chairman with a vision to dramatically expand exports of U.S. cheese and dairy ingredients.
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Darigold breaks ground on new production facility
September 8, 2022
Darigold, Inc. hosted a commemorative groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at the site of its future Pasco production facility. The $600 million facility is slated to open in early 2024 and will process approximately 8 million pounds of milk per day when fully operational from more than 100 dairy farms in surrounding communities.
Foremost Farms donates time, butter to Wisconsin State Fair
August 16, 2022
Foremost Farms offered its support to the Wisconsin State Fair this year in the form of product and volunteers. More than 1,000 pounds of butter were donated by Foremost Farms to the Dairy Promotions Board to be used at one of the fair's busiest pop-up restaurants, the Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill. Sixteen Foremost Farms employees committed to volunteering a total of 48 hours to the cheese grill.
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USDEC member MMPA spotlights farmer sustainability efforts
August 9, 2022
Efficiency is the name of the game for Brian DeMann at Clearview Dairy Farm in Martin, Michigan. With their 560-cow milking herd, DeMann and his family continuously seek additional efficiencies. They've found that many sustainable practices work hand-in-hand with achieving their goals.
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United Dairymen of Arizona unveils 2030 sustainability targets
June 22, 2022
United Dairymen of Arizona has joined the fight against climate change with its recently approved science-based targets, which provide a clearly defined roadmap to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. To ensure United Dairymen of Arizona collected the most meaningfrul data, team members from across business collaborated to establish an accurate baseline.
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Community support a core value for AMPI and its Dinner Bell Creamery
June 14, 2022
Caring for others is a core value at Associated Milk Producers Inc. and its Dinner Bell Creamery. Just ask Dinner Bells' Randi Blackstad, who organizes a team for the local Walk for Diabetes fundraiser every year. Dinner Bell farmer-owners and employees invest significant time and funding in activities that support their communities. In 2021, the Dinner Bell employee team volunteered more than 10,000 hours for a variety of causes.
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Dairy Farmers of America helping to stock foodbanks
June 14, 2022
Outstanding dairy processing sustainability: Milk Specialties Global
June 7, 2022
Outstanding supply chain sustainability: Land O’Lakes partnership with Bel Brands and Boadwine Dairy
June 7, 2022
Outstanding community impact: Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Assn.
June 7, 2022