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New York City's city council has passed a package of bills meant to give a boost to local food consumption and help more city residents build greenhouses.

The bills passed Thursday are part of the city's Food Works initiative.

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The proposed 2012 USDA school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards are clear: flavored milk offered in schools, including chocolate, should only be fat-free.

Reiter Dairy, part of Dean Foods family of brands, is leading through innovation by introducing TruMoo®, the company's new fat-free chocolate milk made with 10 to 15 percent fewer calories, 15 to 20 percent less sugar, and no high fructose corn syrup.

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Novus International Inc. hosted its second annual Novus University Day, focused on Fostering Welfare in Livestock Production, on July 26 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The day-long event, attended by Novus employees from around the world, industry experts and Novus affiliates, friends and families, provided a neutral forum for six nationally recognized experts to discuss the innovative solutions being developed by academia and industry to address the issues and public perceptions about the handling and treatment of livestock by today’s producers.

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A standing ovation of breeders applauded Joe and Mary K. Miller of Laura, Ohio, as they accepted the Brown Swiss Association's Distinguished Service Award at the breed's National Convention Awards Banquet in Frederick, Maryland, on July 8.

In the name of Roger N. Neitzel, the Distinguished Service Award is given to a person(s) who has dedicated many years of service to the Brown Swiss Association.

The Millers are the second recipients of the award. They have served in various capacities of the Brown Swiss Association at both state and national levels.

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The Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders' Association of the U.S.A. recognized Todd Keune of Wykoff, Minnesota, as its 2011 Young Breeder Award recipient at the breed's national convention held in Frederick, Maryland, July 6-9.

Keune and his wife Jill own and operate North Star Brown Swiss, where they currently milk about 50 cows and raise 40 heifers. As of December 2010, their herd obtained an official DHIR test average of 20,450 pounds milk, 773 pounds fat and 656 pounds protein on 3x per day milking.

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