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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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The Plymouth Common Council approved a $750,000 forgivable loan agreement Tuesday night with the Dairy Farmers of America that will help the milk cooperative finance a planned $13.4 million upgrade at its 375,000-square-foot cheese processing plant on the city’s south side.

The city’s loan will be forgiven if the plant continues to employ more than 300 full-time equivalent employees over the next five years. The plant currently employs 357 people.

Work on the project should begin in the second quarter of 2011 and would wrap up by the end of the year.

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The global market for dairy products is forecast to reach $494 billion by the year 2015. Recovery in consumption post global recession, continuing population growth, rising demand from developing countries, trade liberalisation, and continued growth in advertising are expected to fuel market growth.

In a latest release of a comprehensive global report on dairy products market, the US-based Global Industry Analysts (GIA) Inc; said that the past three years witnessed rapid growth of the global dairy industry, which was curtailed by the global economic recession, changing weather conditions in export markets and varying feed and other input costs, among others.

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Members of Cooperatives Working Together (CWT), the dairy farmer-funded self-help program, voted Tuesday to focus the seven year-old program exclusively on building export markets after 2010.

At the annual meeting in Nevada of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) – which manages CWT – CWT’s management committee determined that an export-centered program was the most appropriate course to follow in the future.

This means that CWT will no longer fund any herd retirement rounds, through which CWT member farms are paid to reduce their herds. CWT conducted its 10th and final herd retirement this past summer.

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