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Clinton warns of widespread destabilization over food shortages, rising prices

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Friday that global shortages of food and spiraling prices threaten widespread destabilization and is urging immediate action to forestall a repeat of the 2007 and 2008 crisis that led to riots in dozens of countries around the developing world. Clinton told a meeting of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization that urgent steps are needed to hold down costs and boost agricultural production as food prices continue to rise. Although the situation is not yet as dire as it was four years ago, she said the consequences of inaction would be “grave.” <more> The Washington Post – May 6, 2011


The Unwise War Against Chocolate Milk

chocolate milk"I'm the mother of two boys, now middle-schoolers, one a good eater and one who would live on pizza and root beer if I let him. Christopher eats apples, and Nicholas leaves his on the lunch tray. He's the one who needs his chocolate milk. Yes, chocolate. And so it was disturbing to hear about the recent chocolate milk ban in the Fairfax County, Va., school system and elsewhere around the country. Ditching chocolate milk to cut down on our children's sugar intake might be the right sentiment, but it's the wrong solution. Most of us know that our children's public-school lunches are filled with lousy choices." <more> The Wall Street Journal – April 19, 2011


Dairies Serve Up Healthy Scoop Of Jobs, Study Finds

Posted on Fri, Feb. 05, 2010
By John Holland
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The dairy industry outshines Hollywood and the wine business when it comes to creating jobs in California.

Dairy-related spending generated an estimated 443,574 jobs in 2008, according to a new study funded by the California Milk Advisory Board.

It's not just the people who milk the cows or make the cheese. The job total includes suppliers of feed and other dairy farm needs, truckers who haul dairy products, grocers who sell the goods and many other workers.

These people in turn spend their paychecks on housing, clothing and other goods and services, employing yet more Californians.

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USDA Joins National Dairy Council & NFL In A Public-Private Partnership

Fuel Up to Play 60 Campaign Unites Government, Health Professionals, Industry and Educators to Defeat Childhood Obesity

(NEW YORK) January 15, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has joined a campaign to fight and defeat childhood obesity in cooperation with the NFL, National Dairy Council, multiple health organizations and several major corporations. The campaign, known as Fuel Up to Play 60, is funded with an initial private sector financial commitment of $250 million over five years by America's Dairy Farmers. Funding is expected to grow as government, business, communities and families join this effort to improve nutrient-rich food choices and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity each day among children. More than 58,000, or 60 percent, of the nation's 96,000 private and public schools are currently enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60.

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Make Animal ID Work For You

For some, animal identification is more than just tagging an animal—it is a way to capture every market opportunity by documenting the animal’s source, age, health and/or performance information.

That’s the key purpose for beef producer and farmer Terry Quam of Marda Angus Farm near Lodi, Wis. And using radio-frequency identification (RFID), or electronic identification, tags is one way he makes individual documentation more efficient.

Quam’s family started using RFID before premise identification became a requirement in Wisconsin. Once that happened, the family worked with the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC), and Quam now serves on the board of directors.

In 2005, the Wisconsin Premises Registration Act required anyone who keeps, houses or commingles livestock to register their premises in that state. The WLIC was developed as a multispecies effort led by Wisconsin’s livestock and industry organizations to keep premise information and help producers comply.

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