December 4, 2013 House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don't reach agreement, the nation faces going over "the dairy cliff" – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.
January 23, 2013 Farmers in the Southeast had accused their own food cooperative, the Dairy Farmers of America, of striking a deal that created a milk monopoly and suppressed the price paid for raw milk. In settling the case, the cooperative said it did nothing wrong.
August 23, 2012 Graphic undercover video shines a light on dairies that send old and potentially sick cows to slaughter. Dairy cows spend their lives turning food into milk, not meat, and can suffer various ailments.
August 9, 2012 Some Maryland dairies have banded together to boost business by attracting customers with ice cream. The Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail is the first farm-based ice cream trail in the country, and some customers are coming weekly to stock up.
June 25, 2012 Ten small-scale milk farmers in Maine formed a cooperative to face mounting market pressures, but can an alternative business model save the family industry? A new documentary premiered in Silver Spring, Md. last Friday tells the story.
May 16, 2012 Farm robots are here, not just in Star Wars. Some dairies already use milking machines that clean udders and monitor cow health, plus do the milking, and a fully automated tractor is coming out this fall.
April 4, 2012 Small dairy farmers and ex-cons don't make natural allies. But a non-profit group, Milk Not Jails, is hoping they can forge a new urban-rural relationship in New York state based on food rather than incarceration.
February 23, 2012 This week, a court backed the federal government's move to block the sale of raw milk across state lines. That followed a report from federal health officials, which found that the majority of dairy-related illness comes from raw milk. But raw milk advocates say sale of the product should still be legal nationwide.