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Bennett Elementary Jumps in to Fuel Up to Play 60

In November 2014 Bennett Elementary School in Jackson, Michigan received their first Fuel Up to Play 60 grant through the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. With the aid of the $1,000 grant, and the leadership of staff and student captains, Bennett Elementary has made great strides in educating students and staff alike about the importance of healthy eating and exercising [...]

Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives: What You Need to Know

While milk and milk products were once the sole occupant of the typical supermarket dairy case, cow’s milk is now sharing space with an increasing array of non-dairy beverage alternatives. These plant-based beverages are made from soybeans, nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts), coconut, grains (rice, quinoa), and seed (flax, hemp). In addition to grocery stores, some of these non-dairy milk alternatives [...]

7 Reasons Cow Pies are Actually Awesome

 

 

1. Along with April showers, cow pies help bring May flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. In fact, they’re the original organic fertilizer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. When composted, cow pies make comfy and sustainable bedding…
maybe not for you, but cows like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. They help keep the lights on.

5. Cow pies help keep things green, providing some pretty spectacular views.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. They help keep detergent companies in business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. And, of [...]

Greenfield Elementary gets a Visit from Roary

Students at Greenfield Elementary in Beverly Hills, Michigan, have been making healthy eating choices and incorporating physical activity into their days through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program since 2012. By now, they’re old pros at it. With their continued success and commitment to encouraging students to eat healthy and stay active, Greenfield Elementary was recently visited by a pretty [...]

MSU Food and Nutrition Club Tours Green Meadows Dairy Farm

On a chilly Saturday in March, the Michigan State University (MSU) Food and Nutrition Club ventured out to Green Meadows Farm to learn first-hand “where milk comes from,” along with the role dairy farmers play in sustainability. Dr. Neuder, a large animal veterinarian at Green Meadows and MSU professor, along with Kristy Kleinen, from KK Dairy Farm, led the students on [...]

Women in agriculture are making a difference in Michigan’s dairy industry

Women have long played supporting roles in the dairy industry, but are increasingly found in mainstream dairy-related employment and other agricultural careers. The May 2014 Women in the Labor Force: A Databook compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows women comprise  24.5% of our nation’s estimated 944,000 farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers.

Enrollment at Michigan State University’s College of [...]

Don’t take our word for it… FDA finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk

Many of my extended family members have periodically sought out nutrition advice from me (Yep, I am a registered dietitian). One of the questions I received often was in regard to what type of milk I use because they were concerned about antibiotics in milk.   I told them I use milk from conventional farms because there is not a nutritional [...]

Raw Milk: Don’t Underestimate the Health Risks

Serious health risks associated with drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk are gaining media attention. This stems from recent episodes of raw milk-associated foodborne illnesses, such as those in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as the finding of a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing a dramatic increase in raw milk-associated outbreaks in recent years.

CDC [...]