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Association of Former Students presents award

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association will present its Daluge Red Jacket Award at the organization’s Football Fire-Up event at 10:30 am on September 10 in the parking lot of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Wisconsin, 1848 University Ave., Madison, Wisconsin. The recipient of the award is the late Jim Crowley Jr.

Crowley is being honored for his dedication and service to the alumni association. He served on its board for six years and served as president from 2002 to 2003. He also served for 25 years as a key planner for the association’s annual Football Fire-Up Tailgate event.

Crowley graduated in 1978 with a doctorate in veterinary science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He also served as superintendent of dairy products for World Dairy Expo and was superintendent of Brown Swiss for many years.

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The award honors Rick and Peggy Daluge. Rick Daluge was the executive director of the association for many years. He was a founding member of the National Association of Alumni and Agricultural Development. Before retiring in 2008, he served as placement director and assistant dean in the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

A red jacket is presented in honor of someone who has made a significant contribution to the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association. Visit www.WALSAA.org for more information.

The Professional Dairy Farmers Foundation, also known as the Dairy Foundation, recently awarded grants to four programs focused on building healthy and vibrant dairy communities.

  • Farmers for Sustainable Food: A grant was awarded to a farmer-led group to better understand the effect of conservation practices on the environment while providing management information to farmers. The group also communicates the sustainability of local farms to the supply chain and to consumers.
  • Dairy Herding Apprenticeship: A grant was awarded to the organization’s Dairy Herding Summit to cover speaker, host farm and live streaming fees for dairy herding apprentices and day laborers. The summit allows them to network and learn about leadership, herding issues, transition and farm ownership, and US Department of Agriculture programs through workshops and farm tours.
  • National Dairy Sanctuary: A grant was awarded to the National Dairy Sanctuary Museum to create an exhibit and educational video. The goal is to promote dairy and tell the story of dairy farming and the history of the sanctuary to thousands of visitors each year, especially school children.
  • Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation – A grant was awarded to help support a space dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math activities in the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s Calving Corner exhibit. The goal is to show young people the technologies used on dairy farms.

The Dairy’s Foundation funds educational programs and initiatives that are consistent with its strategic direction set by dairy farmers. The foundation’s support focuses on preparing the next generation of professional dairy farmers, building and maintaining public confidence in the people and products of the dairy industry, and developing the skills of dairy farmers.

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The next deadline is December 1. Organizations with a 501(c)(3) or (5) tax status may apply for grants of up to $5,000. Visit milkfoundation.org for more information.

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Pizza Hut and its parent company Yum! The brands are partnering with Dairy Farmers of America to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The partners are working with dairy suppliers to enroll interested dairy farm families in the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management and Environmental Stewardship assessment for a three-year period.

Once registered, farmers will receive a SCiO cup, a laboratory dry matter analyzer. That will give them access to instant dry matter analysis of their cows’ feed, which will help deliver accurate nutrition, produce milk more efficiently and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the farm, Dairy Farmers of America said.

Farms will be eligible to apply for funding to implement sustainability projects as they continue to recruit Dairy Farmers of America members throughout the association. Participating farmers will have the opportunity to adopt other practices and technologies, such as improved feed handling and energy-efficient lighting, Dairy Farmers of America said.

The cooperative has set itself the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions both directly and from the value chain. The project is part of a broader strategy to help all parties achieve additional sustainability goals.

• Hmm! and Pizza Hut: reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 with a focus on restaurants and the supply chain, and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

• Dairy Farmers of America: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain by 30% by 2030

The cooperative is also part of an industry-wide collaboration through the US Dairy Innovation Center to be greenhouse neutral or better by 2050. Visit yum.com, pizzahut.com and dfamilk. com for more information.

Cooperative adds organic farm routes

The United States has lost more than 100,000 family farms in the last decade, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture. Working to reverse the trend of consolidation, Organic Valley stated that it has added 51 new members.

“Organic Valley was formed in 1988 to offer farmers an organic market; we’re still doing that today,” said Travis Forgues, executive vice president of membership at Organic Valley.

The farmers’ cooperative recently shipped milk from smaller organic farms in Vermont, Maine, New York and New Hampshire. The farms where Organic Valley first collected its milk were reaching a time when no milk truck would stop there, the cooperative said. Organic Valley also added 15 farms in early 2022 that it said would likely have become victims of consolidation in other parts of the industry. Visit organicvalley.com for more information.