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The second session of a three part webinar series titled Dairy Business Management Success Today and Beyond will be held on Monday, June 6, from noon to 1 p.m. CDT. Registration for the webinar, hosted by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), is required by June 1.

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On April 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published an interim rule for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Federal Register. This interim rule modifies the existing grant and guaranteed loan program for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. In addition, it adds a grant program for feasibility studies for renewable energy systems and a grant program for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance, as provided in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

Although effective immediately, USDA is requesting comments on the interim rule. These comments must be received on or before June 13. See the Federal Register notice for instructions on submitting comments.

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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has nationally adopted with deviations four international standards concerning milking machines.

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The National Farm-City Council has announced new officers and the chairs of its five standing committees, all dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents.

A non-profit organization, the Council provides local organizations with educational programs about people who grow our food. In addition, it organizes an annual symposium on a significant topic of interest to both farm and city residents.

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Progressive Dairyman is excited to bring you a second year of the Ice Cream Flavor Face-Off. This year, 16 competitors battle it out for the title of champion flavor. Learn about South Dakota State Raspberry Cheesecake, represented by Minnesota dairy producer Shannon Seifert, and Blue Bell Buttered Pecan, represented by El Lechero Editor Dario Martinez.

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