2014 Was a Lucrative Year for US Dairy Farmers

High dairy commodity prices combined with low feed costs yielded high profit margins for dairy farmers across the US during 2014. This “perfect storm,” as one Wisconsin dairy producer referred to it, was welcomed by an industry that has experienced some tight years recently.

Low dairy production in other major milk-producing regions around the world drove up demand for US-produced dairy products – contributing, in part, to the high prices of raw milk, cheese and butter.

According to the U.S Dairy Export Council (USDEC), US dairy exports increased 14% during the first half of 2014 vs. the same period in 2013, setting a record averaging $653.6 million per month.

This strong performance has allowed many dairy producers to reinvest in their operations, something they weren’t able to do following the 2009 recession, which will hopefully keep the milk business booming.

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Got Diet Milk? Dairy Industry Petition to FDA Sparks Consumer Outrage

Aspartame-FDA-Labeling-PetitionThe International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to drop its requirement that dairy products containing artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, are prominently labeled for consumers.

Aspartame is a main ingredient in reduced-calorie foods like diet soda and sugar-free chewing gum. Although manufacturers of aspartame continue to assure the public that the ingredient is safe and aids in weight loss, several independent studies link the ingredient to an alarming number of scary side effects, including weight gain and increased blood sugar, headaches, degeneration of nerve cells and cancer.

The dairy industry wants to add aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to flavored milks and other products without labeling the bottle in an attempt to lure children to selecting those drinks at school. If this petition passes, it would mean that any time you reach for a jug labeled “milk,” that milk could include dangerous artificial sweeteners but you wouldn’t know for sure until you read the ingredient list in depth. This isn’t just an inconvenience for adult shoppers, but an irresponsible and dangerous decision that would directly affect underprivileged children, who depend on school lunches for the bulk of their nutrition.

The FDA has opened the topic up to public discussion, and is accepting comments online until May 21, 2013. Submit your opinion to the FDA here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm347194.htm

Listen to an in-depth podcast on this controversial issue here: http://hartkeisonline.com/2013/04/10/got-disgust-aspartame-in-dairy-products-with-no-warning-label/