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Not many organizations, or couples for that matter, get to celebrate a 75th or “diamond” anniversary.

But in Thornton, Colorado, this June, appropriately during “Dairy Month,” the Western Dairy Association (WDA) will celebrate 75 years of regional dairy farmer-directed promotion, research and nutrition education. This signature milestone marks the accomplishments and leadership of dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.

“We are honoring tri-state dairy farmers – and those pioneering Rocky Mountain men and women who established the first dairy farms back in the late 1800s – as visionary leaders in the regional food community,” says Cindy Haren, chief executive officer of the WDA.

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Join the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Capital Brewery, and author Ed Janus in celebrating the release of "Creating Dairyland."

On June 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., stop by the Bier Garten at Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wisconsin, for a book signing with the author, meet local dairy farmers and cheesemakers, take a photograph with Ginger the Jersey, listen to music by old time fiddlers, and enjoy gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches while sipping on a beer.

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As June Dairy Month approaches, dairy checkoff tools and resources help producers share their story with consumers on how they care for their animals and the environment while producing wholesome, nutritious milk.

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On April 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published an interim rule for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Federal Register. This interim rule modifies the existing grant and guaranteed loan program for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. In addition, it adds a grant program for feasibility studies for renewable energy systems and a grant program for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance, as provided in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

Although effective immediately, USDA is requesting comments on the interim rule. These comments must be received on or before June 13. See the Federal Register notice for instructions on submitting comments.

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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has nationally adopted with deviations four international standards concerning milking machines.

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The first of five farm-based biogas plants that convert manure and food scraps into electricity for hundreds of homes will be dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 31st at the Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts.

Governor Deval Patrick will join local farmers and other project partners to officially open the plant that helps solve several problems for the state's dairy industry: it will allow farms to better manage their manure, lower their energy and operating costs, and sell electricity to the grid to provide a new source of revenue. (One cow will create enough electricity to power a single home for a year.)

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