What happened? What's next? – 'Butter,' milk and a CFAP update – Progressive Dairy

You’re busy milking cows, evaluating feed quality and wishing you were planning your annual trek to World Dairy Expo. With that in mind, Progressive Dairy looks at issues in the news impacting you and your dairy business.

In recognition of your time, we’ll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines and reported in our weekly digital newsletter. Then we’ll try to put that news into perspective and briefly describe how it might affect you.




What happened?

While the dairy industry continues to wait on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address standards of identity and labeling of dairy alternatives, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has provided preliminary injunctive relief for a vegan company to market its plant-based product as “butter.”

What’s ahead?

In an order signed Aug. 21, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg granted permission to California-based Miyoko’s Kitchen to use the terms “butter,” “cruelty-free” and “lactose-free” while the court case proceeds. The order prevents the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from enforcing regulations related to labeling and marketing of Miyoko’s plant-based product. The lawsuit, filed in February 2020, argues that the CDFA’s application of existing federal regulations is an unconstitutional violation of Miyoko’s right to free speech.

Bottom line


Although the preliminary ruling in the California case is a bump in a very long road, Alan Bjerga, senior vice president of communications with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), notes the organization continues on a path for standards of identity for dairy products. Most recent progress came in the House Ag Appropriations bill.

A bipartisan amendment on the House floor directed FDA to allocate $5 million to enforce federal rules that reserve dairy-product terms for real dairy products. The committee report also directs FDA to finally start enforcing dairy product standards of identity, pursuant to a review process it began two years ago following pressure from NMPF and Congress.

Bjerga urges dairy producers to get involved. “It is extremely important that dairy producers raise the issue of labeling integrity with candidates for federal office this fall, as election season is a time when candidates – especially in a presidential election that may be decided in dairy states – are especially responsive to the public’s priorities,” he said in an email to Progressive Dairy.


What happened?

In late August, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pennsylvania) introduced the Giving Increased Variety to Ensure Milk into the Lives of Kids Act (GIVE MILK Act). The legislation aims to increase milk consumption in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by giving participants over the age of two the option of having 2% reduced-fat milk and whole milk as part of their diet. According to Keller, the bill reverses an Obama administration-era rule limiting WIC participants to low-fat (1%) or nonfat milk.

What’s next?


Whether the proposal and others like it can make their way through Congress isn’t clear. On a separate track, the 2020-25 Dietary Guidelines for Americans update is scheduled for release at the end of 2020. The document is used as the basis for dairy options served as part of federal feeding programs.

Bottom line

There has been a renewed effort to expand milk options in domestic feeding and school milk programs to include higher-fat varieties.

Separately, the comment period on a 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) draft report closed Aug. 13. For the most part, the draft report is status quo with the 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines, recommending consumption of low-fat and fat-free dairy products as part of a healthy diet.

While supportive of the report’s numerous recommendations about the importance of dairy in a healthy diet, several dairy organizations criticized the report for failing to recognize studies indicating the health benefits, or at least neutral impact, of fuller-fat dairy options. Whether efforts to get higher-fat milk included in the recommendations are successful remains to be seen.


What happened?

Depending on when you receive this magazine in your mailbox – and barring any further extension – the deadline to sign up for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments just closed. The USDA had previously extended the deadline from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11.

What’s next?

House and Senate versions of another round of federal assistance for farmers suffering financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic remain wide apart. Talks were not expected to resume until Congress returned after Labor Day. So the final answer to “what’s next?” will have to wait.

We do know that the USDA continues to buy dairy products for domestic feeding programs, including distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. More than 70 million CFAP food boxes had been distributed through late August, with ag commodity purchases totaling about $2.7 billion. As of late August, President Trump had promised up to $1 billion more in food purchases for the program.

Bottom line

The bottom line for dairy farmers is twofold. First, the USDA dairy product purchases have created demand and put a lot of support under milk prices this summer. Current milk futures prices, however, indicate that impact is starting to ebb.

The second, and more perhaps tangible aspect of CFAP, is the direct payments made to U.S. dairy farmers. As of Progressive Dairy’s deadline (week of Aug. 24), dairy applications processed by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices stood at 23,246, with direct dairy payments totaling just over $1.699 billion. The second (and smaller) installment of CFAP payments were just getting underway.

Depending on your starting point, CFAP signup through Aug. 24 represented about 68% of the average number of dairy farms licensed to market milk in 2019 (latest estimate available), or 88% of dairy operations with annual milk production history recorded with FSA under the Dairy Margin Coverage program.

Weekly USDA updates provide some interesting preliminary analysis.

Signup for the program began May 26. Through the first three months of the CFAP program, Wisconsin received the highest number of CFAP payments in terms of both applicants (5,822) and total dollars ($333.3 million). However, in terms of average payment per applicant, Wisconsin ranked 28th, at $57,253.

It’s no surprise that the leading states in terms of applicants are where the dairy farms are, regardless of herd size:

  1. Wisconsin 5,822
  2. Pennsylvania 2,574
  3. New York 2,544
  4. Minnesota 2,425
  5. Iowa 966

Leading states in terms of total dairy payments are where lots of milk is produced:

  1. Wisconsin $333.3 million
  2. California $251.0 million
  3. New York $161.4 million
  4. Minnesota $105.4 million
  5. Pennsylvania $101.6 million

With the larger herd sizes and higher volumes of milk marketings, average payments per dairy applicants were highest in the West. Payments to date averaged more than $100,000 in 14 states:

  1. New Mexico $354,615
  2. Arizona $335,559
  3. Nevada $320,337
  4. Colorado $298,865
  5. California $263,144
  6. Florida $243,982
  7. Idaho $224,993
  8. Washington $174,428
  9. Texas $172,929
  10. Oregon $140,373
  11. Wyoming $140,225
  12. Utah $128,163
  13. Georgia $120,829
  14. Michigan $101,757

Progressive Dairy will look at final numbers once the program winds up.  end mark

Dave Natzke


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Big E helps Agri-Mark distribute Cabot dairy products to small farm stands – MassLive.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Farm stands like Barstow’s Longview Dairy Store and Bakery in Hadley used to be able to pick up Cabot Creamery-brand cheese and other dairy products at Agri-Mark’s butter and dry nonfat milk manufacturing plant on Riverdale Street in West Springfield.

But that was before coronavirus restrictions imposed in March made it impossible for outsiders to visit food plants.

Barstow’s sells the milk it produces to Agri-Mark, which processes it into Cabot products like yogurt and cheese. But the Barstow’s farm stand is too small to warrant delivery of those products from a big truck. Other farm stands were in the same position.

In stepped the Eastern States Exposition, which allows Agri-Mark to distribute its Cabot-brand products to farm stands for pickup at the Mallary Complex on the Big E grounds in West Springfield.

“It was a big deal for us and for a lot of other farm stands in Massachusetts and Connecticut that rely on that pickup to stock our farm stands with groceries,” said Kelly Barstow.

Barstow’s saw a spike in business with the pandemic — especially when it started selling staples like milk, cheese, eggs and produce through a drive-up window originally constructed to sell ice cream.

3/31/2020 -Hadley- Nate Emmonds helps a customer at the drive-up window at Barstow’s Longview Farm. (Don Treeger / The Republican)

“We had a hard time sourcing things,” Barstow said. “We could have been buying far more grocery items and selling them to our community.”

The Barstows are now transitioning to fall products, like apples, while keeping up the grocery business.

“The Big E to the rescue!” said Bill Beaton, Agri-Mark/Cabot CEO, in a statement. “COVID-19 cut-off our ability to sell our farm families their own products. Each farm stand depends on buying Cabot for their resale. We could not stage the Cabot products sale in our West Springfield plant for fear of risking essential workers. With deepest gratitude and respect for supporting Agriculture for decades, this time The Big E team did our farmers an exceptional favor to allow us to stage delivery on its grounds. Their long-term support has meant the world to us.”

Eugene J. Cassidy, president and CEO of the Eastern States Exposition, said: “Eastern regional agricultural production, food production, food security and promoting our local economy are all at the core of the Exposition’s mission. The Cabot cooperative is an important part of the food chain and ESE is always ready to lend a hand. Giving Cabot this central location helps area farmers continue to feed America. And our hope is that our friends and neighbors support Cabot and regional agriculture at this difficult time and beyond.”

The Cabot Creamery Cooperative is owned by local dairy farmers throughout New England and New York as members of Agri-Mark.

The Big E was canceled this year due to coronavirus restrictions. The 17-day fair had been set to begin Sept. 18.

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Does dairy products cause inflammation? – Times of India

Inflammation is the natural response of the body’s white blood cells to foreign pathogens like bacteria and viruses. Whenever your body detects a foreign intruder, it releases special chemical messengers like histamine, prostaglandins, and bradykinin. These chemicals convey the message to your immune system to fend off pathogens, which leads to inflammation.

Inflammation can be acute or chronic. While acute inflammation is the body’s first response to the invasion of foreign pathogens or injury, chronic inflammation can be due to untreated injury or underlying health condition.

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From farm to family: fighting food waste and alleviating hunger in local communities – dairyfoods.com


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Yard sign project donates dairy products to Whitewater food pantry – WMTV – NBC15

WHITEWATER, Wis. (WMTV) – Elizabeth Katzman has spent her summer keeping busy selling and delivering custom yard signs across Southern Wisconsin.

The Whitewater FFA student started a campaign in April to sell yard signs at $10 a piece.

“When I first launched the project, I figured ‘Oh, I can sell 100 signs’ but I got a ton of support,” said Elizabeth Katzman. “

In total, she sold 900 signs and raised over $10,000 which she is using to purchase dairy products from local farmers and give them to the food pantry in Whitewater.

“You may not see it and you may not know, but there’s definitely people out there who need help,” said Katzman.

The Community Space food pantry received her first donation: 250 pints of ice cream from Sassy Cow Creamery.

On-Site manager Cindy Robers says every donation is needed since the pandemic began.

“It’s gotten progressively worse since COVID with people losing their jobs and things so the demand has gone up greatly,” said Robers. “We’re glad we’re able to fill that need and that we have donors that are willing to support us.”

The Community Space food pantry has served 15,599 people and given out 68,548 pounds of food.

‘Support Dairy’ yard sign sales are helping to purchase local dairy products & donate them to area food pantry. Meet the Whitewater FFA student behind the project tonight on NBC15 Madison at 6. #NBC15

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Katzman said she’s excited her project is helping both struggling dairy farmers and those who are hungry.

“During this pandemic, we all came together as a whole,” Katzman said. “I think we really worked together and I thought that was cool.”

The high schooler is only getting started with dairy donations.

“Next month, we plan on doing cheese curds and then the month after that we’re doing potato bags with cheese and cream cheese and butter,” she said.

Though her yard sign campaign is over, Katzman plans to come up with more projects through her role as Whitewater FFA chapter president this fall.  

To donate to The Community Space or learn more about the food pantry, click HERE.

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Final Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report recommends three servings of dairy per day – dairyfoods.com


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Minerva Dairy expanding into more locations – DairyReporter.com

The company’s range will be available from July 15 in nearly 100 Whole Foods Market locations spread across the country’s South and mid-Atlantic regions.

While some Minerva Dairy products already are sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the mid-Atlantic region, the retailer will add additional Minerva Dairy products to its shelves in these locations in August.

“We’ve focused recently on expanding availability of our products, particularly in the Southeast,”​ said Venae Watts, who with her brother, Adam Mueller, represents the fifth generation of Minerva ownership.

“With this expansion into other Whole Foods Market stores, we’ll be reaching many more consumers who are interested not only in their food’s ingredients, but also in how that food is made and who makes it.

“We’re obviously eager for all those home chefs to discover our brand of flavorsome, slow-churned butter. We believe once they try it, they’ll be taken straight back to their grandmother’s kitchen and fall in love all over again with the flavors they grew up with.”

Minerva Dairy’s 85% butterfat, slow-churned butter products are GMO-free, antibiotic-free, gluten-free, and free of the synthetic hormone rBST. They are either packaged in 8-ounce cartons (containing two 4-ounce sticks) or wrap enclosed in 1- or 2-pound hand rolls.

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