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The Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) recently held meetings with its members in each of its three membership districts to discuss the concept of government-controlled mandatory supply management and to survey members about their willingness to collectively agree to reduce milk production in order to help improve milk prices.

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To protect public health and a $26 billion dairy industry, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle today used the power of his veto pen to stop a bill that would have legalized the sale of unpasteurized milk from farms in America’s Dairyland.

“I recognize that there are strong feelings on both sides of this matter, but on balance, I must side with the interests of public health and the safety of the dairy industry,” Doyle said in a statement.

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As debate ramps up on dairy provisions for the 2012 Farm Bill, a group of dairy policy specialists from Missouri and Wisconsin have produced a pair of reports, one an overview, the other in-depth, on the benefits and unintended consequences of past dairy policies.

“These reports are like the slip of paper that comes with a prescription drug,” says Scott Brown, a dairy economist at the University of Missouri. “We list some of the side effects.”

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Apple cider is about to become New Hampshire's state drink. The state Senate on Wednesday approved by a voice vote a proposal to designate apple cider as New Hampshire's drink after it
won out over milk in the House.

A lawmaker introduced the bill after Jaffrey Grade School students contacted her. Later, Gilford Elementary School students lobbied for milk. Milk fans pointed out it is important to the
state too.

A number of Jaffrey students were in the gallery when the vote took place. Now the bill is headed to Gov. John Lynch for his signature.


Starting in September, a 250,000-cow dairy in northeast China plans to supply 38,000 megawatt-hours of power, enough to meet the average demand of about 15,000 Chinese residents. General Electric Co. will supply the farm with four biogas turbines.

Biogas isn't new in China: by 2005, 1,500 large-scale biogas plants were in place at livestock farms and industrial waste sites. However, the government aims to have 300 million rural residents using biogas electricity by 2020 from 10,000 large-scale projects.

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In December 2009 the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USDA that provides the dairy industry, including producers, with access to funds for innovative projects related to sustainability.

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