Category Archives: Dairy

Modesto Bee editorial: Pope, farmers have more in common than they know

From the Modesto Bee editorial board: Two stories caught our interest this week that centered on folks who might not seem to have much in common – Pope Francis and some Central Valley farmers. The first story was a look … Continue reading

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Study: California dairy industry contributes $21 billion to state’s economy, stimulates ripple effect of $65 billion

From the California Milk Advisory Board: New study conducted by University of California Agricultural Issues Center shows significant impact of state’s leading agricultural commodity Cementing its place as California’s most important agricultural commodity by farm revenue, California farms sold about $9.4 … Continue reading

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A Day in Marin: Farmers Share a Passion for a Place Called California

“A day in Marin.” Say that out loud to someone from California’s Bay Area, then stand back and watch the reaction. “Well, I could reschedule that meeting, move some things around…” It’s something you want to do, someplace you want to … Continue reading

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Video: Secretary Ross offers updates on drought, dairy pricing in interview at World Ag Expo

At the World Ag Expo February 10-12 in Tulare, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross was interviewed by WAE-TV, a partnership with the Expo and Dairy Business Communications. She provided updates on California’s ongoing drought and recent activity on the dairy pricing … Continue reading

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Letter to dairy stakeholders from CDFA Secretary Karen Ross

What follows is a letter from CDFA Secretary Karen Ross to the dairy industry that was sent as CDFA announced a determination that market conditions warrant a temporary adjustment to the minimum milk prices. After a late December hearing, CDFA … Continue reading

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“Goat Day” an excellent outreach opportunity for dairy foods program

This Saturday, January 19, UC Davis will host its annual “Goat Day,” an opportunity for goat owners, veterinarians and students to learn about a variety of goat health and management topics. There will be updates on current goat research and … Continue reading

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Central Valley Dairy Farmer Honored for Commitment to Conservation

                                  I am pleased that Kings County dairy farmer Dino Giacomazzi has been named the 2012 recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award in California. The … Continue reading

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Statement from Secretary Ross on dairy pricing

Under state law, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has the responsibility of calculating the minimum price that milk producers are to receive from processors.  In order to perform this duty, the Department employs economists who monitor conditions in … Continue reading

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California Dairy Future Task Force asked to evaluate long-term solutions

Despite the perfect storm of economic challenges affecting our dairy industry, cooperation and strategic reform can provide a more sustainable marketplace for our dairy farmers. Many dairies suffered steep financial losses as a result of the economic collapse in 2008 … Continue reading

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Still the People’s Agency 150 Years Later – Happy Birthday, USDA!

For producers and consumers of food, this is a sesquicentennial like no other. Two weeks ago, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, the single piece of legislation that laid the foundation for the modern … Continue reading

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