Current Progressive Dairy digital edition

A board of agriculture industry leaders recently launched the AgChat Foundation, an organization centered around helping farmers use social media to tell their story. Michele Payn-Knoper, a professional ag speaker who founded the #agchat community on Twitter, and Kathy Swift, a dairy veterinarian from Florida on the Board of Directors, discussed the goals of the foundation with Web Editor Emily Caldwell.

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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.



Recently, Semex sire 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye reached the pivotal Millionaire Sire mark at Semex, joining 10 other elite Semex sires that have each produced over one million doses of semen.

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To support its expanding penetration of the North American market, Chr. Hansen announces the appointment of NutriLinx, LLC as it’s exclusive distributor for the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. NutriLinx, LLC will be responsible for the sales and servicing of Chr. Hansen customers in its territory.

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