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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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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.