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The entries came from across the country and the selections have been made. We’ve captured exactly what family dairy farming is all about in the 2012 Dairy Life Calendar from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. This is a calendar your milkhouse or office wall won’t want to be without. The following winners demonstrated that not only is their dairy farm all about family, but they have an eye for a good photo, too!

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Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (U.S. Commercial Service) Suresh Kumar presented the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Certificate to Schaefer Ventilation Equipment of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. The award recognizes businesses that have benefited from Commercial Service export assistance to make its first export sale or expand to new foreign markets.

“Schaefer Ventilation is a prime example of how innovative Minnesota businesses are tapping global markets to increase their sales which support jobs and economic growth here at home,” Kumar said. “Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers are beyond U.S. borders, and we must continue to give small -and medium-sized U.S. businesses a competitive edge by making the necessary investments that will lead America into the future. I commend Schaefer Ventilation on its outstanding export accomplishments.”

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The Dairy Research Institute and Cornell University have established a partnership with the Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center. The center, located at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, will focus on fluid milk and dairy ingredient research, provide applications and technical support for improvements in milk powder quality and help establish the next generation of dairy ingredients. These are key priorities of the Dairy Research Institute, an organization providing world-class, pre-competitive dairy research and product innovation, funded by dairy farmers through the national checkoff program.

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Through World Ag Expo's Concerts for a Cause, the International Agri-Center has provided a grant for two future agriculture teachers to attend the World Food Prize conference. The students will learn firsthand about the global community's best efforts to alleviate hunger and promote the human right to a stable, nutritious supply of food. As the first recipients of the National FFA Organization's World Food Prize Grants, they will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 12-15, to attend the World Food Prize. Selected for the experience are Allison Nicole Hoover, 20, of Pennsylvania State University and Kirby John Schmidt, 20, of the University of Minnesota.

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Contributions from Pfizer Animal Health and participating veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealers continue to grow in support of FFA programs and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation – Pfizer Veterinary Student Scholarships. This spring’s contribution of $890,870 brings the total amount donated through the Pfizer Animal Health FFA/AABP support program to more than $3.6 million since its inception in 2008.

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