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This year’s threatened closure of the Chinese market to food-grade U.S. dairy exports was a wake-up call not only to the United States but to all global dairy suppliers, according to the latest report from the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Should China, for whatever reason, apply controls to its dairy import regime or should the country’s dairy appetite wane, farmers, processors, traders and all involved in milk production and marketing around the world would feel the effect.

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The expansion of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) is a controversial issue in many communities. Producers, residents and local decision-makers often clash over conflicting interests regarding new operations. Four researchers at Purdue University wanted to learn more about the nature of these local conflicts and the impacts of swine and dairy CAFOs on rural communities. The researchers went directly to the sources of information.

They conducted face-to-face interviews with 50 large swine and dairy CAFOs owners in central Indiana to learn more about them and their operations, collected tax records from the courthouse to analyze impacts on county budgets, examined environmental violations and interviewed public officials. What they found was that the impact of CAFOs in rural communities is a mixed bag.

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Earlier this year the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, opened a new exhibit about climate change. The exhibit originally encouraged visitors to reduce their consumption of milk and meat to mitigate climate change and featured a dairy cow statue wearing a gas mask.

On behalf of dairy producers, the California Milk Advisory Board and Western United Dairymen led an effort to change the exhibit, which resulted in changes to the exhibit’s message and the removal of the gas mask. Editor Walt Cooley discusses how the two groups did it.

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This article was #6 in PDmag's Top 25 most-well read articles in 2010.

Summary: At the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) annual conference this spring, Harish Damodaran, an agribusiness journalist with The Hindu Business Line in India, shared how recent growth is an indicator for what could become exponential growth in a country where milk is loved.

Because this article was so popular, we asked Dale Kleber of ADPI a follow-up question:

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Recent market research by the U.S. dairy industry shows that a growing number of consumers care about the health and environmental impact of the products they buy.

As a result, there is a growing demand for products made responsibly. This presents an opportunity for dairy to continue to show how it is producing its products in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

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An undercover video shot at an Ohio dairy farm has recently been released by Mercy For Animals, an animal rights organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Here's how the dairy industry -- producers, organizations and agricultural advocates -- have been responding:

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