Bringing More Dairy to More People through Our Partnership with McDonald's

Posted 11/26/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

As I mentioned in my blog from last month on Domino’s, a key priority of the checkoff plan is the work that we do together with our partners that represent the leading food service and retail brands both here in the U.S. and globally.  Our investment includes providing partners like Domino’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut – with consumer insights, product development and nutrition expertise to develop new menu choices that include dairy and that in turn, find new markets for farmers’ milk. 

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Farmers Take U.S. Dairy Checkoff Program's Global Vision to Japan, Hong Kong

Posted 11/02/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

Today I am headed to Hong Kong and Japan with three other dairy farmers as part of a week-long mission to bring U.S. Dairy’s export vision to these two important Asian markets.  Read more about our planned trip in my blog post on USDEC’s site.

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Farmers Find Connection Opportunities Through Undeniably Dairy

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Posted 10/22/2018 by Beth Engelmann

Last Friday, we celebrated National Farmers Day – a time to recognize and thank dairy farmers for producing the nutritious foods that we enjoy. The day also was an opportunity to bring people closer to where their food comes from, which is a primary goal of the multi-year Undeniably Dairy campaign.

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Why Skeptical Farmers Should Embrace Dairy Exports

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Posted 10/01/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

The Chester County Holstein Club’s Field Day is a summer highlight for dairy farmers in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania.  

We enjoy the food, our families, neighborly conversations, cow judging and a calf raffle. 

My husband Duane and I hosted the event this year. A skeptical farmer approached me in our barn’s milking area.

I embrace conversations like this. I jokingly tell people a little-known historical fact -- dairy farmers invented skepticism.

“I don’t think we need exports,” the farmer said. “We need to stop focusing overseas.”

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Dairy checkoff programs partners, strengthen farmers' voice

Posted 09/28/2018 by Tom Gallagher

For farmers and other members of the dairy community, the current environment is challenging. From unpredictability facing our global markets and competition from non-dairy beverages to seasonal weather conditions and surplus dairy products and ingredients, there’s a lot of uncertainty facing U.S. dairy.

Over the last several months, I’ve visited with many farmers across the country to learn more about the realities you face, as well as discussing solutions your national and local dairy promotion organizations can lead, help support or rely on others representing U.S. dairy to take the lead.

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National Dairy Council Brings Farmers' Voice to Changing Conversations About Nutrition

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Posted 09/16/2018 by Jean Ragalie-Carr

There is a lot of consumer confusion today when it comes to understanding nutrition advice and what constitutes healthy eating.

At every turn, or rather every click of a website, the confusion seems to grow. A recent survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation illustrates what it calls a “dietary disconnect” among consumers. A staggering eight in 10 people feel there is conflicting information about what foods to eat or avoid.

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Domino's - An Undeniably Strong Partnership

Posted 09/14/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

During the past ten years, we have invested in partnerships with influential quick service restaurant companies. That investment includes providing these partners with consumer insights, product development and nutrition expertise to develop new menu choices that include dairy and that in turn, find new markets for farmers’ milk. Our four key partners – Domino’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut – have moved more than 2 billion equivalent pounds of milk in the duration of our work together. That’s a lot of milk flowing through this country.

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Reflecting on 10 years of Innovation Center Impact

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Posted 09/04/2018 by David DeJong

Texas dairy farmer David DeJong shares how the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has helped producers and the industry over the last 10 years.

 

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Consumers Are Confused About Food Production And Nutrition But Trust In The Hard Work of Dairy Farmers

Posted 08/27/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Dairy Experience Forum, an event put on by the State and Region staff and board of Midwest Dairy. The two days were packed with thought provoking speakers, but the atmosphere was really set with the opening presentation.

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Creating Future Dairy Champions

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Posted 08/13/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

I am truly enjoying my new leadership role for dairy producers as National Dairy Council Chair. What an exciting year it has been so far. I recently attended three events back to back that I want to share with my fellow farmers. - Guest Post from Dairy Farmer and National Dairy Council Chairperson Audrey Donahoe

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