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Dairy groups upset with WHO infant milk recommendations
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Assn. (IDFA) urged members of Congress this week to insist that the U.S. request a more thorough analysis of a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal seeking to discourage parents from feeding toddlers milk and certain dairy products.
At the beginning of the year, WHO issued "Ending Inappropriate Marketing of Foods for Infants & Young Children," a guidance document urging a prohibition on the promotion and marketing of various milk products for children up to age three.
"The WHO guidance document is a de facto criticism of all milk consumption by toddlers," said Jim Mulhern, president and chief executive officer of NMPF. "This flies in the face of all credible, international nutrition research and would confuse consumers across the globe."
Is on-farm video surveillance the answer?
By Dr. Candace Croney
It is now common knowledge that the U.S. public is increasingly attentive to how food is produced, and that growing interest in ethical consumerism is leading to support for what is viewed to be socially responsible animal production.
Simultaneously, there appears to be the persistent belief by many that agricultural animals are routinely mistreated in large scale, intensive production and that there is insufficient oversight of their care and well-being.
The spate of undercover video investigations on U.S. livestock and poultry farms over the past few years has no doubt fueled such concerns. The "ag-gag" legislative response to trespassers and others making and releasing such videos has led to backlash that has incrementally worsened perceptions that those involved in U.S. food animal production have "something to hide" and are willing to use the legal system to protect bad actors or actions. In fact, a recent study by Robbins and colleagues at the University of British Columbia has demonstrated that ag-gag laws not only worsen perceptions of farmers and animal welfare, but they also increase support for further animal welfare regulations.
Did butter get a bad rap?
A research team led by scientists at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health has unearthed more evidence that casts doubt on the traditional "heart-healthy" practice of replacing butter and other saturated fats with corn oil and other vegetable oils high in linoleic acid.
The findings, reported in the British Medical Journal, suggest that using vegetable oils high in linoleic acid might be worse than using butter when it comes to preventing heart disease, although more research needs to be done on that front. This latest evidence comes from an analysis of previously unpublished data of a large controlled trial conducted in Minnesota nearly 50 years ago, as well as a broader analysis of published data from all similar trials of this dietary intervention.
The analyses show that interventions using linoleic acid-rich oils failed to reduce heart disease and overall mortality, even though the intervention reduced cholesterol levels. In the Minnesota study, participants who had greater reduction in serum cholesterol had a higher rather than lower risk of death.
Growing farm financial pressure being felt across countryside
While high prices for many farm commodities led to tremendous growth in net farm income through 2013, many of those prices have spiraled downward over the past three years. On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee's subcommittee on general farm commodities and risk management held a hearing on the growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers.
Witnesses spoke broadly about the factors that are driving current market conditions, the outlook going forward and the impact both are having and could continue to have on the nation's farmers and ranchers.
Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University professor and extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural & Food Policy Center, explained that several key themes are being heard in the countryside as net farm income has dropped 56% over the last three years.
He said, in general, more farms are projected to be in worse financial situation from now until 2020. Specifically, feed grain and oilseed farms, as well as wheat and cotton farms, are in the worse situation since the late 1990s.
The LDHM Conference is just two weeks away, are you coming?
The Large Dairy Herd Management Conference will be held May 1 - 4, 2016 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, Illinois. This is a "one of a kind" opportunity, so make your plans to be there. It will be a great conference. In addition to the cutting edge information that will be shared, networking opportunities will abound. Over 520 people have registered. They come from 25 countries, 36 states, 40 universities, and over 160 companies!
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House Subcommittee Approves Agriculture Appropriations Bill
On April 13th, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met to consider its version of the fiscal year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. According to a subcommittee release, the bill includes $21.3 billion in discretionary funding, which is $451 million lower than the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $281 million below the President's budget request. For agriculture research, the bill provides $2.85 billion including $1.15 billion for the Agricultural Research Service, $832.8 million for NIFA Research and Education programs and $477.4 million for NIFA Extension Activities. The bill includes an increase of $25 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which matches the President's discretionary funding request for AFRI. However, the bill does not include any mandatory funds for AFRI, as was requested in the President's budget. A copy of the bill text can be found here. Additional information about specific research line items will be included in the Committee Report, which should be made available after the full Appropriations Committee takes action on the bill on April 19th.
USDA Amends Dairy Margin Protection Program to Incorporate Intergenerational Transfers
On April 12th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to the Margin Protection Program (MPP) that will enable participating dairy farms to update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. As a result of the change, when children, grandchildren or their spouses become part of a dairy operation that is enrolled in MPP, the production from the dairy cows they bring with them into the business can now be protected. The change is intended to help new dairy farmers get started in the family business and ensure that safety net coverage remains available for growing farms.
The MPP is a voluntary program established in the 2014 Farm Bill to help protect participating dairy producers when the margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below a selected level of protection. The program changes are effective on April 13, 2016. Any dairy operation already enrolled in the Margin Protection Program that had an intergenerational transfer occur will have an opportunity to increase the dairy operations production history during the 2017 registration and annual coverage election period. More information on the MPP program can be found here.
Water recovered from whey can be used for clean-in-place procedures
A novel process allows water to be recycled for cleaning, according to a new study from Journal of Dairy Science®
Philadelphia, PA, April 14, 2016 - Water scarcity is a serious issue and a concern among the dairy industry, as declines in the availability of water could decrease food supply and increase food price. Water is necessary for many applications, including equipment cleaning, which can use 1 to 60 liters of water per kilogram of processed milk. Given the amount of water needed and concerns regarding resource scarcity, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln sought to find a method to recycle and reuse water from whey for clean-in-place systems. Their findings provide scientific evidence of the safety of reuse of reconditioned water in food processing plants, contributing to building a culture of water conservation and sustainable production throughout the food supply chain.
Current regulations indicate that only potable water may be used to clean food contact surfaces and equipment surfaces, but reconditioning and reuse of water is a promising alternative currently acceptable for initial cleaning of fruits and vegetables as well as scalding of meat and poultry. In their study, University of Nebraska researchers Yulie Meneses and Rolando Flores tested wastewater from whey of Cheddar cheese by subjecting it to reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration, as well as an additional step of spray drying. The resulting reconditioned water was used to clean stainless steel surfaces that had a biofilm, with promising results from both bacterial counts and scanning electron microscopy analysis.
"Using the combined ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis system, 47% of water can be recovered from whey," lead author Yulie Meneses said. "This demonstrates the viability of our method for wastewater, as the cleaning efficiency was comparable to potable water in clean-in-place systems," added project leader Rolando Flores.
Further, by incorporating spray-drying and condensation into the process, recovery of additional water can be achieved; after suitable treatment, that water could also be used in cleaning applications or other activities with high water demand.
"Sustainable production and manufacturing is a priority for the dairy industry. This new research demonstrates that an unwanted by-product of dairy manufacturing (whey) can be processed to generate clean water, saleable food, and additional revenue for dairy manufacturers," said Journal of Dairy Science Editor-in-Chief Matt Lucy.
Because of its potential in terms of revenue and conserving natural resources, these wastewater reclamation techniques are highly interesting. More research is required, however, to further elucidate risks and broader environmental issues as they relate to the techniques in this study.
"Feasibility, safety, and economic implications of whey-recovered water in cleaning-in-place systems: A case study on water conservation for the dairy industry," by Yulie E. Meneses and Rolando A. Flores (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2015-10306), Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 99/Issue 5 (May 2016), published by Elsevier.
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