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Hub releases annual report

The University of Wisconsin-Dairy Innovation Hub recently released its second annual report about progress and activities from July 2020 through June 2021. The report outlines major accomplishments, both since the hub’s inception and during the preceding fiscal year. A few highlights are featured.

  • More than 100 projects funded across three campuses and four priority areas
  • $2.2 million for equipment to build research capacity
  • $7.8 million total allocated for new dairy initiatives for the 2021 fiscal year
  • Eleven faculty searches across three campuses, resulting in 12 new faculty hired
  • Collaborative and synergistic initiatives across three campuses
  • Engaged advisory council and three active steering committees

The UW-Dairy Innovation Hub also will host the virtual Dairy Summit Nov. 17, which will focus on new projects and is formatted for a general audience. The Dairy Symposium will be held Nov. 18 and will feature the hub’s most advanced-stage research. It’s available as an in-person event as well as via livestream.

Farmers, processors, dairy professionals, legislators and community members are invited to attend the free educational events.

The Dairy Innovation Hub, which the State of Wisconsin is supporting with $7.8 million per year, harnesses research and development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls. The objective is to keep Wisconsin’s $45.6-billion dairy community at the global forefront in producing nutritious dairy products in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Visit dairyinnovationhub.wisc.edu/annual-report and dairyinnovationhub.wisc.edu/dairy-summit and dairyinnovationhub.wisc.edu/dairy-symposium for more information.

USDA proposes board changes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments about a proposed rule to amend the composition of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. The proposal would modify the number of dairy board members in two of the board’s 12 geographic regions.

If adopted the proposal would increase Region 8 – Idaho – representation from two members to three members. And it would decrease Region 10 – Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia – representation from two members to one member. Visit ams.usda.gov and search "dairy promotion and research board" for more information.

World dairy report ready

The International Dairy Federation recently launched the latest edition of the "World Dairy Situation Report 2021." The new edition is the result of collaboration between dairy experts and key organizations around the world and within the International Dairy Federation. The report features analyses for more than 50 dairy-producing countries. Visit fil-idf.org and search for “IDF World Dairy Situation Report 2021” for more information.

Checkoff annual report online

Dairy Management Inc., the planning and management organization that oversees the national dairy checkoff program, recently posted its 2020 annual report. The report key highlights of the year’s strategies and programs, an audited financial report and more information for farmers and others. The report outlines activities focused on accelerating sales, building trust with consumers, positioning dairy globally and farmer and community relations. Visit usdairy.com/for-farmers/resources for more information.

This article originally ran on agupdate.com.

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