Farm group pushes dairy interests in FDA nutrition strategy

Aaron Stauffacher

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Dairy foods and drinks should be an integral part of a new federal effort to promote public health through improved nutrition, a group representing dairy farmers across the Midwest told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week.
The Nutrition Innovation Strategy should address the mislabeling of nondairy products, allow product innovation in dairy foods and include dairy if the agency pursues a new designation for “healthy” foods, said Aaron Stauffacher, associate director of government affairs for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. Stauffacher spoke at a public meeting of the FDA in Maryland on Thursday.
“We recognize that a major focus of this effort is providing customers with the information they need to make decisions in the grocery store that meet their individual needs,” said Stauffacher, whose group has about 800 member farms. “Our farmers, who proudly produce the milk that is a key ingredient for a variety of nutritious and wholesome foods, have strong feelings and progressive ideas to help you accomplish just that.”

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Dairy groups applaud FDA move to crack down on non-dairy labeling

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two dairy groups with members throughout the Midwest applauded comments made Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who said the agency will crack down on the use of the term “milk” for nondairy products.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency will soon start a formal process to redefine the rules for milk products. Read that news story here.
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and the Dairy Business Association, which have pushed the FDA and lawmakers to take this action, issued the following joint statement:
FDA regulations define milk as coming from a cow, not a plant. So, it is encouraging to hear Commissioner Gottlieb state his commitment to enforcing the laws already on the books.”

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‘Protecting Milk Integrity’ campaign launched

By American Dairy Coalition
The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) is rolling out a new initiative to advocate for the proper use of federally standardized terms established for the word “milk” on product labels entitled the Protecting Milk Integrity Initiative. A branch of ADC, the Protecting Milk Integrity Initiative will work to provide clarity and consistency for consumers across the nation.
This new initiative has been rolled out as the FDA gears up for its Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy; Public Meeting; Request for Comments event that will take place July 26. This meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding the “standard of identify” used to define the word milk.

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Wisconsin dairy task force members named

A newly formed Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 will start meeting next month to focus on on making recommendations on actions needed to maintain a viable and profitable dairy industry in our state.
Gov. Scott Walker announced the new task force and its members. In June, he asked both Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorft and University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross to pull together representatives from the entire industry, including farmers, dairy processors and allied industries.

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Farm Discovery Center grand opening set

MANITOWOC, Wis. —  The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center will hold its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., July 28 and Sun., July 29 at 7001 Gass Lake Road.
The special introductory ticket prices for the weekend will be $12 for Adults and $6 for children (ages 4-18) and free for children 3 and under.  Activities and special events planned throughout the day include face painting, games, baby calves being born in the Land O’Lakes Birthing Barn, and self-guided tours of interactive exhibits.  Although Farm Wisconsin will be offering daily tours of nearby Grotegut Dairy Farm, due to the large crowds expected on grand opening weekend, tours will not be offered.

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Enter now for World Dairy Expo cattle show

MADISON, WIS. –World Dairy Expo is now accepting entries for its 52nd annual Dairy Cattle Show, which runs Oct. 2-6.
Online and paper entry forms are due Aug. 31 by 11:59 p.m. (CST). Late entries may be submitted online through Sept. 9, and paper entries will be honored until the day of the show, both for an increased fee.
To be eligible to show, all animals must have an official Canadian CCIA or USDA AIN RFID or visual tag number listed on the entry form at the time of submission. Animals lacking this number – or with a pending identification status – will not be accepted. For exhibitors residing within the United States and needing tags with an USDA AIN number, Datamars, Inc. is generously providing up to ten 840-series RFID tag sets per exhibitor. More information regarding identification requirements is included in the Premium Book.
Entry forms, the schedule of events, rules and other updates can also be found in the Premium Book – mailed to recent dairy cattle exhibitors  or available online at New exhibitors may request a copy of the Premium Book by contacting Laurie Breuch, Dairy Cattle Show Coordinator, at or Ann Marie Magnochi, Dairy Cattle Show Manager, at
Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people from 100 countries are expected at this year’s event.