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2014 U.S. DAIRY SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
INNOVATION CENTER FOR U.S. DAIRY
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® is
good for the planet, and good for business.
accepting nominations for the third year of the
Nominations are open through Nov. 15 in the
U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. These awards following categories:
recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses
• Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability
and collaborative partnerships for management • Outstanding Dairy Processing &
practices that are good for the community,
CALIFORNIA CO-OPS TO HOLD FMMO MEETINGS
Three major California dairy cooperatives will hold four meetings to discuss the possible formation of a
federal milk marketing order (FMMO). The meetings are open to members of California Dairies, Inc. (CDI),
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) and Land O’Lakes (LOL) only, and not open to the public.
Dates and locations for the meetings include:
• Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m., Eagles Hall, 6381 County Road 200, Orland, Calif.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m., Harvest Hall – Stanislaus Ag Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, Calif.
• Thursday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m., International Agri Center, 4500 S. Laspina, Tulare, Calif.
• Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., Chino Fairgrounds, 5410 Edison Avenue, Chino, Calif.
The three co-ops – which combine to produce about 80% of California’s milk – commissioned a study
last winter to see if the state’s dairy producers should join the FMMO system as a means to improve milk
prices. The findings of a five-month study – conducted by Dr. Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-
Madison, and Dr. Chuck Nicholson, Penn State University – indicated a properly written FMMO for
California would benefit the state’s dairy families by providing a regulatory structure potentially resulting
in higher producer milk prices.
• Outstanding Achievement in
• Outstanding Achievement in
Winners will be announced in
Washington D.C. in April 2014.
There is no fee to enter. For more
information, go to USDairy.com/
Sustainability/Awards or Facebook.
com/DairyGood. The awards are part of the U.S.
Dairy Sustainability Commitment,
an industrywide effort to understand and
communicate about dairy sustainability,
demonstrate progress, create long-term
economic growth and build consumer trust.
An important part of the Innovation Center’s
work is the development of the Stewardship
and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy. In its
first phase, the science-based guide provides
common metrics for all segments of the dairy
supply chain to employ when tracking and
communicating about social, economic and
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To help kick off the new call for nominations,
the Innovation Center created the Dairy’s
Sustainability Journey, a new video
documentary series produced in collaboration
with World Wildlife Fund®. The short videos
feature the 2013 winners of the U.S. Dairy
Sustainability Awards on their respective farm
or operation, sharing their stewardship stories
and sustainability practices in action.