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  • Camel Milk: The Next Generation of Dairy?

    09/04/2014 1:42:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Nutritional Outlook Magazine ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jennifer Grebow
    If cow’s milk is the Gen X of dairy, and soy milk the Gen Y, then camel milk may very well be Gen Z. As of this January, U.S. shoppers can buy the country’s first retail camel milk at market. The brand, Desert Farms, is now sold in Whole Foods Market stores in California, as well as through the company’s website. One of the first things shoppers might notice about camel milk is the price. At approximately $18/pint, camel milk is far from cheap. But, according to founder Walid Abdul-Wahab, camel milk’s benefits may be well worth the cost—especially to...
  • Saudi Establishes Camel Milk Firm in California

    07/04/2014 10:37:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A young Saudi has established a company selling camel's milk in the United States, despite the animals reportedly being the source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. According to a report in a Los Angeles newspaper, Walid Abdulwahab, 23, set up the company as part of his class project at the University of Southern California. The lighthearted slogan of his company, Desert Farms, is "Make every day a humpday." Supplied by seven small camel farms, most of them owned by Amish, the Santa Monica-based company recently sold camel milk of $100,000, as it spreads its claims of nutritional...
  • FDA Bans Wood from Cheese-Making; Industry Decries 'Devastating Development'

    06/11/2014 6:07:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies ^ | June 10, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it will not allow cheese makers use wooden boards to age their cheese - a ruling that would effectively wipe out artisanal cheeses.The FDA's ruling came to light after several cheese makers in New York were cited - despite state laws that allow the use of wood boards."Reports showed that the porous structure of wood made it susceptible to the colonization of bacteria on the surface and inside the wood," Monica Metz, the branch chief for the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's Dairy and Egg Branch, wrote...
  • Connecticut lawmakers consider banning day care from serving whole, 2% milk

    04/24/2014 4:34:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014
    Milk—it does a body bad? Some Connecticut lawmakers seem to think so. The state legislature is considering a bill that would ban day care centers from serving whole milk or 2 percent milk to children. The move, according to the bill’s sponsors, is aimed at curbing childhood obesity—but opponents say the information is outdated. While the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a 2008 recommendation that children switch to low-fat milk after the age of 2 because they don’t need the fat content, others argue that the fat isn’t the dietary demon some claim. …
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/30/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28, 2014
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.(The White House has Proposed) cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • Europe starts food fight with U.S. over cheese names

    03/14/2014 5:35:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3-12-14 | AP story
    Errico Auricchio produced cheese with his family in Italy until he brought his trade to the United States more than 30 years ago. Now the European Union is saying his cheese isn't authentic enough to carry a European name. As part of trade talks, the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses. Auricchio, president of Wisconsin-based BelGioioso Cheese Inc., says he has no...
  • Got Milk? Only In California: National Industry Group Drops Slogan

    02/24/2014 5:51:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Consumerist ^ | February 24, 2014
    You can take away an advertising slogan, but you can never take my milk mustache indicating that I do, indeed, have milk. The Milk Processor Education Program is dropping its 29-year-old tagline “Got Milk?” in favor of a new one to highlight how nutritional the stuff is. Only the California group is keeping the slogan instead of switching to “Milk Life.”
  • Dairy prices and Food Stamps Question

    10/29/2013 6:23:58 AM PDT · by jyro · 3 replies
    Why does the government have to buy milk? "If Congress allows those supports to expire, 1930s and 1940s-era farm law would kick in, as much as quadrupling the price that the government pays to purchase dairy products. If the government paid that high a price, many processors would sell to the government instead of commercial markets, decreasing commercial supply and thus also raising prices for shoppers at grocery stores." Read more here:
  • Formula for the perfect cheese on toast revealed

    08/19/2013 10:28:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 08-19-2013 | Provided by Royal Society of Chemistry
    Following a series of scientific tests on the grilling conditions, the Royal Society of Chemistry has today announced the formula for the perfect slice. The Royal Society of Chemistry, together with the British Cheese Board, has today announced the formula for making the perfect slice of cheese on toast. Following a series of scientific tests on the grilling conditions, performed by the society's Science Executive, Ruth Neale, the society and the Cheese Board concluded that the ultimate cheese on toast can be made using a formula from the image above. Ruth, a chemist, said: "As the result of tests we...
  • Archaeology: The milk revolution

    08/02/2013 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies
    Nature ^ | 7-31-2013 | Andrew Curry
    In the 1970s, archaeologist Peter Bogucki was excavating a Stone Age site in the fertile plains of central Poland when he came across an assortment of odd artefacts. The people who had lived there around 7,000 years ago were among central Europe's first farmers, and they had left behind fragments of pottery dotted with tiny holes. It looked as though the coarse red clay had been baked while pierced with pieces of straw. Looking back through the archaeological literature, Bogucki found other examples of ancient perforated pottery. “They were so unusual — people would almost always include them in publications,”...
  • State (WI) looks to jail dairy farmer after raw milk talk

    06/04/2013 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – The state Department of Justice wants dairy farmer and raw milk provider Vernon Hershberger behind bars.Now.Two weeks after a jury acquitted [1] Hershberger of three licensing violation charges, the state’s prosecuting attorney Eric Defort on Friday moved to [2] revoke [2] Hershberger’s bail for violating the court’s terms of release. The state had demanded the Loganville dairy farmer stop selling raw milk to members of his farm’s buyer’s club without licenses from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – precisely the charges he was cleared of.That hearing is scheduled for next Thursday at 1 p.m., the...
  • One Small Win for Raw Milk

    05/29/2013 5:38:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2013 | Kelsey Gee
    Raw-milk proponents celebrated a Wisconsin farmer's acquittal on three of four counts related to selling unpasteurized milk and cheese, bolstering their hopes of legalizing the products in America's Dairyland. Jurors found Vernon Hershberger, a 41-year-old Loganville, Wis., farmer, innocent of producing milk without a license, selling milk and cheese products without a license, and operating a retail establishment without a license. He was found guilty of one count of breaking a holding order issued by the state in June 2010, which barred him from moving any of the food he produced without a license. The verdict means Mr. Hershberger can...
  • Environment Groups Against Cuomo’s Dairy Plans

    01/26/2013 12:14:26 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Ted Muehl
    Environmental groups are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations. The Greek yogurt industry is growing so fast in New York that the state doesn’t have enough cows to meet the demand for milk. At a “yogurt summit” in August, Governor Cuomo called Greek yogurt one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities in a generation. Farms with up to 200 cows are exempt from rules requiring extra steps to prevent pollution from cow waste. Cuomo proposes raising the limit to 300 cows to help farms expand without...
  • Obama Proposes Last Minute "Mini Deal," Adding Milk Lobby Bonus

    12/29/2012 11:07:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | December 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The one thing I am always afraid of in budget negotiations is that virtually nothing is done, or worse yet, something counterproductive is done. Obama's latest Fiscal Cliff "Mini-Deal" Proposal is exactly the kind of counterproductive nonsense I am talking about. Assuming the above Atlantic Wire article is correct ...   The deal would delay or replace the vast majority of spending cuts called for in the automatic sequester. The deal would extend unemployment benefits The deal would stop planned cuts to Medicare reimbursements Out of the blue, and probably an attempt to buy farm-state votes, the deal purportedly would include...
  • Proposed 'mega-dairy' may close before opening (Illinois)

    11/21/2012 9:42:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies ^ | Nov 20, 2012 | Robert McCoppin Proposed 'mega-dairy' may close before opening Four-year legal fight nears end with California businessman dropping plans for site near Galena By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune reporter 11:15 PM CST, November 20, 2012 A controversial plan to build the largest dairy in Illinois has been put out to pasture, state officials announced Tuesday. The Illinois attorney general's office announced a proposed settlement in which the owners of the 5,500-head dairy planned near Galena will clean up and leave, to the joy of local opponents. "We've agreed they would not seek permitting to allow the dairy, and they've decided to dismantle...
  • Mainstream media call for mainstream ag education

    04/01/2012 3:11:49 PM PDT · by WriteStuff · 6 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 04/01/2012 | Todd Fitchette
    An incredible editorial in the Modesto Bee makes me believe that some in the mainstream media actually do get it, and in more ways than one. The Bee believes that a lawsuit filed against the California Milk Advisory Board and the California Department of Agriculture by the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is indeed “silly” and “misdirected.” I couldn’t agree more.
  • Rep. Walsh Introduces 'Dairy Deregulation Act' to Put Milk Prices Back in Consumer's Hands

    12/05/2011 7:30:59 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 23 replies
    publiusforus ^ | Dec. 1, 2011 | Rep. Joe Walsh
    Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) recently introduced the ‘Dairy Deregulation Act’ to phase out the government's milk price setting regime, called the "Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO)". This program was established in pre-refrigeration 1937 to guarantee that there were no shortages of milk across the country. Today 74 years later, milk is the only major agricultural product with government-mandated prices that differ according to product use. Walsh stated: “Most taxpayers are unaware that they are paying for their milk twice. Currently American families are taxed to pay for a federal program that directly increases the cost of their milk. This is...
  • Time to reboot thinking on trans fats –- natural trans fats from dairy and beef are good

    09/07/2011 8:10:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Global Dairy Platform ^ | September 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Sept. 7, 2011: Not all trans fats are created equal and it's time for a change in nutrition labels in North America to reflect this, particularly when it comes to dairy and beef products. According to a scientific review published in the latest edition of Advances in Nutrition, natural trans fats produced by ruminant animals such as dairy and beef cattle are not detrimental to health and in fact show significant positive health effects. Some evidence even links these natural trans fats to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. "The body of evidence clearly points to...
  • Raw Food Co-op Is Raided in California

    08/11/2011 6:57:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/4/11 | Ian Lovett
    Raw food enthusiasts fit right in here, in the earthy, health-conscious beach communities of Venice and Santa Monica, along with the farmers’ markets, health food stores and vegan restaurants. But this week, the police cleared the shelves of Rawesome, an establishment in Venice Beach, loading $70,000 of raw, organic produce and dairy products on the back of a flatbed truck. And then, on Thursday, James Stewart, the proprietor, was arraigned on charges of illegally making, improperly labeling and illegally selling raw milk products, as well as other charges related to Rawesome’s operations. Two farmers who work with Rawesome were also...
  • 3 arrested on raw-milk charges

    08/03/2011 6:11:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2011 | Stuart Pfeifer and P.J. Huffstutter
    The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.
  • Farewell, Food Pyramid; Meet Your New $2 Million Replacement, a Plate

    05/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    care2 ^ | May 30, 2011 | Kristina Chew
    As of this coming Thursday, the food pyramid -- that symbol of healthy eating -- is going to go the way of the real pyramids and becoming a thing of the past. This week, the Obama administration will be unveiling a new graphic to tell American consumers what quantities of grains, fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy they should eat to maintain a healthy diet. The pyramid is to be replace by a plate, with four different-colored sections indicating how much of each food group the United States Department of Agriculture recommends and is a "crucial element of the administration's...
  • Dairy delights: Eating butter and cheese 'doesn't increase risk of heart attacks'

    05/23/2011 11:41:11 AM PDT · by Immerito · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It's great news for cheese and butter fans - scientists have found that eating dairy food doesn't increase your risk of a heart attack. Nutritionists surveyed thousands of middle-aged people and found that even those who ate more than half a kilo of cheese did not seem to suffer from increased risk. Contrary to earlier beliefs that saturated fat might lead to a heart attack, researchers found that nutrients in dairy products actually counteract the harmful effects.
  • Got chocolate milk? No longer (Minneapolis public schools ban chocolate milk as an option)

    05/22/2011 5:03:50 PM PDT · by Qbert · 26 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | May 20, 2011 | JEREMY OLSON
    Chocolate milk might be the most popular choice for school lunch -- not to mention milk bubbles and milk mustaches. But soon it will be no choice at all in Minneapolis public schools. [Snip] "Consuming chocolate milk every day can train a child's palate toward sweetened foods," said Rosemary Dederichs, the district's director of nutrition services. The decision is opposed by the Midwest Dairy Association, a trade group of 11,000 dairy farms. While applauding the focus on health, the association noted that chocolate milk sold in Minneapolis schools has less sugar than other versions and only 20 calories more than...
  • Dairy consumption does not elevate heart attack risk, study suggests

    05/18/2011 8:30:48 AM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    Brown University ^ | May 16, 2011 | David Orenstein
    Analysis of dairy intake and heart attack risk found no statistically significant relation in thousands of Costa Rican adults. Dairy foods might not harm heart health, despite saturated fat content, because they contain other possibly protective nutrients, researchers say. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —Dairy products can be high in harmful saturated fat but not necessarily in risk to the heart. A newly published analysis of thousands of adults in Costa Rica found that their levels of dairy consumption had nothing to do statistically with their risk of a heart attack. “Things like milk and cheese are very complex substances,” said...
  • Breyers' Framingham facility closes its doors

    04/03/2011 7:49:07 AM PDT · by massmike · 59 replies ^ | 04/03/2011 | Danielle Ameden
    Paul Hooper of Framingham found a good job at the Breyers factory on Old Connecticut Path 10 years ago, where he kept the ice cream production line supplied with fruit and nuts. Norfolk resident Tom Abdou brought his electrician skills to the plant, while Franklin's Marie Ouellette enjoyed her spot on the production line. All three became part of a large team of close-knit employees who churned out as many as 1 million gallons of ice cream a day. But workers had to say their goodbyes this week when the production plant, which opened as a Sealtest factory in 1964,...
  • Dairy farmers can't catch a break from EPA

    02/05/2011 8:13:24 PM PST · by WriteStuff · 41 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 02/05/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    At the same time the US EPA is causing food prices around the globe to skyrocket as a result of policies to use corn as a fuel additive instead of an international food staple, one of the victims of the federal agency is in the cross hairs because of — what else — the food they create! US dairy farmers are now being tasked to construct hazardous materials containment facilities and create disaster preparedness plans equivalent to those required by refineries and companies that store bulk hazardous materials.
  • Valley dairies struggle with high feed prices

    10/30/2010 3:24:39 PM PDT · by pterional · 17 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 | Robert Rodriguez
    Still wobbly from nearly a two-year price skid, California's struggling dairy industry is suffering another blow: rising feed costs. Feed prices have spiked in the last several weeks, jumping nearly 30%. A smaller-than-expected Midwestern corn crop, competition among ethanol producers and fewer alfalfa acres have all contributed to higher feed costs. And analysts expect feed costs -- a major expense for dairies -- to remain strong through at least the beginning of 2011. That comes as bitter news to dairy operators who lately had been benefiting from higher milk prices Read more:
  • Could Camel Milk Come to Europe?

    08/17/2010 5:27:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The United Arab Emirates has been pushing hard for the European Union to accept imports from its camel dairy farms. Until now the EU has not considered the camel to be a dairy animal, but in the last few weeks the legal process has moved along. Could camel milk soon arrive on a supermarket shelf near you?
  • The milkman cometh

    07/07/2010 11:20:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | July 8, 2010 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
    One of the hardest parts of Jim Pastor's job is convincing people that he exists: He's a milkman. "The reaction is always the same," Pastor said. "People say, 'Really? A milkman? Like in the old days?' They always have a hard time believing it." Pastor owns a Santa Ana-based delivery service that contracts with Rockview Farms, one of the largest family-owned dairies in Southern California. Each week, Pastor and his team of 14 milkmen drive their refrigerated trucks to more than 4,800 homes along routes in Los Angeles and Orange counties. They arrive in the wee morning hours and dash...
  • Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues...

    02/23/2010 7:05:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 335+ views NOTE: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry to Begin March 12 in Iowa Initial Workshop to Be Held in Ankeny, Iowa, at Des Moines Area Community College, FFA Enrichment Center WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the agenda and panelists for the first joint public workshop, which will be held on March 12, 2010, in Ankeny, Iowa, to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture...
  • Study backs heart-healthy effect of dairy fat

    06/09/2010 9:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 45+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating dairy foods could help protect your heart, new research from Sweden suggests. Dairy foods are a major source of saturated fat in the diet, which has been associated with heart disease. However, there's some evidence that dairy foods could actually benefit heart health, for example by lowering blood pressure or reducing cholesterol levels, Dr. Eva Warensjo of Uppsala University and her colleagues note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To get a clearer sense of people's intake of fat from dairy and heart disease risk, Warensjo and her team measured blood levels of...
  • Bond Set For Worker Accused In Cow Abuse Video

    05/27/2010 9:19:17 AM PDT · by ResistorSister · 52 replies · 917+ views
    NBC Columbus ^ | May 27, 2010 | Denise Yost
    MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A man accused of abusing cows at a local dairy farm said in court Thursday that he is studying to become a police officer in Ohio. Billy Joe Gregg, 25, appeared in court, charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals. The charges against Gregg were filed after an animal welfare group released graphic video Tuesday that was secretly recorded and shows workers at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks and punching them in their heads. The video shows workers holding down newborn calves and stomping on their heads....
  • Drawing A Line In The Sand, Up In Vermont

    05/17/2010 9:28:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 316+ views ^ | May 17, 2010 | annem040359
    Up in northern Vermont, Franklin, Vermont, there is a red brick house which is located in a rural back road area, in which, heavy traffic would be considered having three cars an hour passing on by. That rural bucolic setting of farm houses, silos, and sugar maples has become the focus of a very bitter dispute between Homeland Security who do believe that it needs to secure that border to protect the nation against terrorists who could bring in lethal weapons and an American farm family that need the land to feed their dairy cows hay.
  • Wall St backed Chinese dairy firm collapses

    04/13/2010 10:09:53 PM PDT · by mlocher · 6 replies · 513+ views
    Reuters via ^ | April 13, 2010 | Reuters
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese dairy products maker Taizinai, which counts Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley among its investors and Citi group among its lenders, has collapsed, leaving 3 billion yuan ($440 million) in debt, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley, Goldman and private equity firm Actis Capital had paid $73 million for a 31 percent stake in the company in 2007, with Morgan Stanley providing $18 million, Goldman $15 million and Actis Capital$40 million. The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on Monday appointed Hong Kong accountant Borrelli Walsh as provisional liquidators of the former...
  • States Woo Calif. Dairymen With Less Regulation

    04/13/2010 12:28:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 574+ views
    KGAN ^ | April 12, 2010
    The number of California dairies has plummeted by more than 500 in the past decade as farmers move to states promising lower costs and simpler regulations. Some are willing to leave California because high land costs often mean they can't grow their own grain. Others complain California has more agricultural regulations than many states. States courting California dairies include Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming. Mike Meissen recruits businesses to Iowa. He says each dairy cow he lures brings about $15,000 per year to the local economy. Jay Van Rein of the California Department of Food and...
  • Dairy Centers Debut in Afghan Province

    01/26/2010 4:31:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2010 – The Czech Republic-led provincial reconstruction team here and the provincial agriculture department completed two dairy centers in the Malak Abdullah Jan and Shikak villages in Pol-e Alam city today. Members of the Czech Republic-led provincial reconstruction team and villagers check out a newly built dairy center in Afghanistan’s Logar province, Jan. 26, 2010. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Since milk is a source of income for many in these villages, the completion of these dairy centers will benefit about 7,000 people in the area, according to a provincial reconstruction team...
  • New York Dairy Farmer Kills 51 Cows, Commits Suicide

    01/23/2010 1:24:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 82 replies · 3,834+ views
    COPAKE, N.Y. (Jan. 22) -- State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself. .....
  • N.Y. Dairy Farmer Kills 51 Cows, Commits Suicide

    01/23/2010 5:42:01 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 58 replies · 2,381+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 1/22/2010 | Staff
    <p>COPAKE, N.Y. — State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.</p> <p>State police found the body of 59-year-old Dean Pierson in his Copake barn on Thursday. A visitor found a note Pierson had left on the barn door that said not to come in and to call police.</p>
  • Consumer Group Calls on Facebook to Clarify Ban on Dairy Promotions

    12/11/2009 2:33:15 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 7 replies · 375+ views ^ | December 11, 2009
    Lactose-intolerant Policy Is Sour On Milk, Cheese, Yogurt Washington, D.C.— The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) expressed puzzlement and disbelief today after learning that the popular website Facebook has banned the promotion of dairy products. Facebook’s guidelines state that no promotions are permitted if the “objective is to promote any of the following product categories: gambling, tobacco, dairy, firearms, prescription drugs, or gasoline.” An additional policy also prohibits awarding promotional prizes that include dairy products. “It’s dumbfounding, and just plain dumb,” said CCF Research Director David Martosko. “Why would anyone lump milk with cigarettes and prescription painkillers? Does Facebook believe...
  • Belgian farmers dump milk in massive protest

    09/19/2009 12:09:58 AM PDT · by lainie · 16 replies · 677+ views
    CBC ^ | 9-16-2009
    ...Milk dumped on roads and farmland to protest drastically lower prices... European milk farmers have dumped three million litres of fresh milk onto pastures and roads in a massive, organized protest against lowered dairy prices. In Belgium, farmers spread milk across roads near the southern town of Ciney. Elsewhere, about 300 tractors dragged milk containers through plowed fields in southern Belgium, dumping a day's worth of milk production in that region. "It is a scandal to dump this, but we have to realize what the situation is," said Belgian farm leader Erwin Schoepges. "We need a farm revolt." Milk farmers...
  • Federal government offers help to local dairy farmers (with a twist)

    07/31/2009 9:52:54 PM PDT · by lainie · 22 replies · 824+ views
    WSBT, Indiana ^ | 7-31-2009 | Troy Kehoe
    ELKHART COUNTY — Dairy farmers across the country are being milked dry by rising production costs and falling prices. On Friday, the federal government unveiled a new plan aimed at providing "immediate relief." But, will it work? And, what will it mean for you at the grocery store? The U.S. Department of Agriculture plan will raise the price paid at commodity markets for milk and cheddar cheese. Administrators call it a "dairy price support program." Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says it will help the dairy industry weather "one of it's worst crises in decades." The price paid by dairy...
  • Dairy Farmers Losing Money

    07/10/2009 5:13:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,482+ views
    WGBA...NBC 26 ^ | July 7, 2009
    Dairy farmers in Northeast Wisconsin are feeling the pain at the pump...the milk pump that is. Mark Petersen, a third generation farmer ... tells that prices for his milk have plummeted on the market, and he's really feeling the pinch. Petersen says he's only getting around ten dollars per hundred pounds of milk produced right now. He was getting 20 dollars per hundred pounds not too long ago. And his operational costs exceed his revenue. Not good, of course. consumers have seen milk prices at the store come down, but it's not proportionate to what farmers are losing.
  • New Program to Enhance Dairy Production

    06/25/2009 6:59:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 371+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Mary Phillips, USA
    An Iraqi woman shows off the butter that was made on her family's farm near Mahmudiyah, June 23. Photo by Sgt. Mary Phillips, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. MAHMUDIYAH — Soldiers with the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and a family of Iraqi dairy farmers are spearheading a program to increase milk and cheese production in this community, the first dairy initiative the North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers have started with the Iraqis. Capt. Sara Woods, Civil Affairs Team 31, said the intent is to revitalize the area's dairy industry.Using microgrants, the pilot farm will...
  • Canadian scientists breeding cows that burp less (Breeding a greener hamburger?)

    06/23/2009 9:10:15 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 25 replies · 663+ views ^ | 2009/06/22 | Nina Lex
    Canadian scientists are breeding a special type of cow designed to burp less, a breakthrough that could reduce a big source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total methane emissions, according to Environment Canada. Most of the gas comes from bovine burps, which are 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Stephen Moore, a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, is examining the genes responsible for methane produced from a cow's four stomachs in order to breed more efficient, environmentally friendly cows. The professor of agricultural,...
  • Greener diet reduces dairy cows' methane burps (It's official - North America is just plain nuts!)

    06/23/2009 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 1,181+ views
    Daily Journal Online ^ | 6/23/09 | LISA RATHKE
    Greener diet reduces dairy cows' methane burpsBy LISA RATHKE Associated Press Writer Tuesday, June 23, 2009 COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont dairy farmers Tim Maikshilo and Kristen Dellert, mindful of shrinking their carbon footprint, have changed their cows’ diet to reduce the amount of gas the animals burp — dairy cows’ contribution to global warming. Coventry Valley Farm is one of 15 Vermont farms working with Stonyfield Farm Inc., whose yogurt is made with their organic milk, to reduce the cows’ intestinal methane by feeding them flaxseed, alfalfa, and grasses high in Omega 3 fatty acids. The gas cows belch...
  • Fewer immigrant laborers would mean fewer farms

    06/15/2009 3:57:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies · 545+ views
    Country Today ^ | 6-15-2009 | Sara Bredesen
    Losing immigrant workers would mean losing farms, cows and milk, according to a survey on the effects of foreign-born labor on dairy farms that was released June 4 by the National Milk Producers Federation. The estimated effect of a 50 percent loss of the immigrant workforce on America's dairy farms would mean about 2,266 farms would go out of business, cow numbers would drop by more than 670,000 nationwide and milk production would drop by 14.7 billion pounds, the survey said. "We estimated that with a 50 percent loss in immigrant labor, we would expect to see an increase in...
  • Dairy farmers suffering through worldwide milk glut

    06/14/2009 4:08:34 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 91 replies · 1,956+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 6/14/2009 | James Haggerty
    WAYMART - Joe Davitt's tone curdled as he discussed the trough in milk prices. "We're the only self-employed business that has no say in what we get paid," Mr. Davitt, 39, said Wednesday as he gazed at a cluster of Holstein cows feeding in the barn at his 145-acre farm. "I can't afford to quit because what the cows would bring wouldn't be enough to cover my debt." A slump in milk prices is taking dairy farmers to the woodshed. Expenses exceed milk payments at many dairy operations. "There were times before when the prices were low, but the costs...
  • NY Ag Officials Cry "Wolf" Over Raw Milk

    06/09/2009 8:06:54 AM PDT · by davidgumpert · 6 replies · 497+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | June 9, 2009 | David E. Gumpert
    We all know the story of the shepherd boy who found entertainment in telling villagers his flock of sheep was being attacked by a wolf. The first time the boy sought help, the villagers came running, only to find the boy was joking. The same thing happened a second time. Then, when a wolf finally did attack, the villagers ignored the shepherd, and he lost his entire flock to the wolf. Is a modern-day version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” unfolding in New York? You decide.
  • Can’t drink milk? You’re “normal”! (Evolutionary notions re: lactose intolerance overturned)

    05/26/2009 9:03:40 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 69 replies · 2,282+ views
    CMI ^ | May 26, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Ph.D.
    For many, the mere mention of milk will be enough to invoke memories of nausea, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and perhaps in some cases, jibes and taunts about “wind” and bad breath. Some will have undergone medical tests that diagnosed the cause as “ Lactose intolerance ”. Lacking the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the milk sugar lactose (see box), they are unable to digest milk, whereas lactose-tolerant people can. Others, though, might still be unaware that they are “deficient” in lactase, not realizing that drinking milk causes their feelings of nausea, etc.[1] For many years, lactose intolerance was regarded as...
  • Renegade dairy farmer takes on role as lawyer, defending himself[Canada][Sold Raw Milk, Cheese, etc]

    01/27/2009 8:20:53 AM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 460+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | 26 Jan 2009 | The Canadian Press
    A renegade dairy farmer played the role of a lawyer Monday at the start of his trial for selling raw, unpasteurized milk and suggested his rights have been violated. Spectators crowded into a small courtroom to hear details of an orchestrated,armed raid by about two dozen officers and government officials on a Durham,Ont., farm in 2006. The Crown said it will disclose evidence of a clandestine, undercover investigation into the illegal sale of dangerous substances stored on the farm, sometimes on clear display in open sight. The illicit products, which spawned 20 charges against farm owner Michael Schmidt, were raw...