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Optimistic outlook for 2011

Click here to download a pdf of the Export Watch department from Issue 2 2011, featuring updates from the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Click here to download a pdf of the results from the PD Poll: "Should federal order reform change classified pricing to less than four classes?"

Scientists have found that lactoferrin—a whey protein found in milk— could be an anticancer agent for breast cancer. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein that has been reported to inhibit several other types of cancer. According to a study published in the January 2011 issue of the American Dairy Science Association’s Journal of Dairy Science, scientists in Portugal found that breast cancer cells treated with lactoferrin decreased the cancer cells’ viability by 47-54 percent and decreased the growth rates of the cancer cells by 40-64 percent.

“There is overwhelming evidence that biologically active food components are key environmental factors affecting the incidence of many chronic diseases,” said Lígia Raquel Rodrigues, author of the study and member of the American Dairy Science Association. “However, because the full extent of such components in our diet isn’t known, nor is the understanding of their mechanisms of action, we undertook this study for a closer look.”

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Economic multipliers make it possible to calculate the effect of the dairy industry on the economic activity of South Dakota.

Alvaro Garcia, South Dakota Cooperative Extension Dairy Specialist, said that a 2004 report from the University of Wisconsin Dairy Marketing and Risk Management Program addressed the economic dairy multipliers of each state and the U.S. as a whole. Information for this report was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, USDA/NASS, and the National Milk Producers Federation.

“Under the current economic conditions and with unemployment for the U.S. close to 10 percent, it is important to quantify how much each additional dollar generated by the dairy industry impacts job generation,” Garcia said. “Nationally, employment multipliers calculate the number of jobs created by increasing dairy sales by $1 million. We can use the formula to evaluate how South Dakota’s dairy industry feeds employment.”

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