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DBweekly 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, Manufacturing Sustainability 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 Renewable Energy • Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency  Winners will be announced in Washington D.C. in April 2014. There is no fee to enter. For more information, go to 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 Dave Natzke | DairyBusiness Update environmental impact. 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. 7
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