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The dairy industry is always innovating. Whether it’s through new products, plant processes or on-farm initiatives, innovation is all around. As one of DFA’s core values, a strong culture of innovation inspires us to challenge what we do today to deliver greater value tomorrow.

As DFA’s continues to look for opportunities to be innovative, one way we are doing this is by leveraging partnerships to gain insight and better understand innovations that are happening in our industry. With...

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Through programs like DFA’s Gold Standard Dairy Program, and its animal care module, National Milk Producers Federation’s Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, the industry is working on continuous improvement when it comes to proper animal care practices.

“One issue that is often brought up in regard to animal care is pain management,” says Fabian Bernal, manager of dairy science and farm practices.

Beyond that broad umbrella, procedures such as extra teat...

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As the election nears, understanding the candidates’ views on issues critical to the growth of the dairy industry is important. Some issues have been very well discussed in the public forum, like both candidates’ current opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, while others are less known. During the campaign season, different associations and media outlets have asked candidates’ their views on issues. The following are excerpts from their responses on the issues the...

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After several years of discussion with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), DFA and other dairy leaders, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule this week adding flexibility to the Margin Protection Program (MPP) that benefits the dairy producer community. To read about the changes made, follow this link.

The rule provides improved risk protection for dairy farmers who pay premiums to buy-up higher levels of coverage by clarifying that 90 percent of production...

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