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New Dairy Princess Crowned
 in Fresno County

Monserrat Vazquez of Fresno Selected as District 8 Dairy Princess Monserrat Vazquez of Riverdale was selected as the 2018 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 8. The crowning took place before a crowd of approximately 100 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the C.P.D.E.S. Hall in Fresno. Retiring …

Alfalfa Project Reports Massive Water Savings

The Alfalfa Project (TAP) recently released its environmental impact report of the last three years, sharing that water usage on alfalfa farms using its precision agriculture practices and subsurface drip irrigation dropped by nearly half. The 47% water savings totaled 3.1 billion gallons of water over three years on 1,100 acres during 2015-2016 and 1,430 acres during 2017 that took …

Depooling—Should I Be Scared?

Modesto, Calif., (April 30, 2018) – Depooling has been praised and vilified; its impact has been exaggerated and understated. And a lot of producers are left wondering: what does it mean to me? One thing sure is certain, it is very different than what we have in California. Class 3, 4a and 4b plants can make the decision to depool …

California Hosts 17th National Dairy Challenge

College dairy students – 235 in total – from 28 different states and Canadian provinces recently traveled to sunny California for the 17th annual Dairy Challenge.® This was the first time many of the students had visited a Western dairy, which provided extra intrigue and challenge in their task as a consultant team for a local dairy. Visalia, Calif., was …

California Dairy Digital Magazine: April 2018 Issue

California Dairy Magazine April 2018

The December issue of California Dairy Magazine is now available to read online! Read the latest California Dairy & Feed industry news and technology.  Here’s a peek of what’s inside: Hanford Junior Dairy Show Grows Achieving High Reproductive Performance Discovery in Isolating Embryonic Stem Cells in Cows USDA Reopens Enrollment For Improved Dairy Safety Net Tool Milk Prices: Hope on the Horizon …

FCFB to Welcome Agricultural Comedian “Tim the Dairyman” on May 3!

Fresno, Calif., (April 9, 2018) – Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) is over the “moooooon” to welcome Florida dairy farmer and agricultural comedian “Tim the Dairyman” at its inaugural “Bounty of Fresno County” event on Thursday, May 3, at Wolf Lakes Park in Sanger. The social will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:15 p.m. …

USDA Releases Final CA FMMO Decision

Modesto, Calif., (April 4, 2018) – USDA released the long awaited final decision for a California Federal Milk Marketing Order today. The potential differences between the final decision and USDA’s draft recommended decision from February 2017 had been a source of speculation in the industry for many months. Exactly how different was the final decision from the previous version? The …

CDFA Announces Grant Funding Available For The 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program

Sacramento, Calif., (March 30, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce dairy and livestock greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $19-33 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement …

Western United Dairyman Thanks the Board Members who Served their Full Terms, Retiring at Convention Next Week

Turlock, Calif., (March 27, 2018) – Mike Zylstra: Mike spent more time at the office than most board members because of his role as treasurer. His dedication to accurate numbers and getting to the bottom of things was exceptional and has greatly served WUD’s members for many years. What he learned throughout his time on the board that surprised him …

The Road to the California FMMO Reopens – Come Hear Details At WUD’s Convention!

Modesto, Calif., (March 20, 2018) – Big news this week: the judicial officer who was tasked with reviewing the entire California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) hearing record ratified it. This officially clears the way for USDA to release the final decision for a California FMMO. USDA did not mention how long it would take to release the final decision …

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