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PIERRE, S.D. – The Central Plains Dairy Foundation (CPDF) is accepting applications for the Dairy Innovators Grant through January 31, 2021.

The Dairy Innovators Grant was created as a funding source for nonprofit organizations leading the way in providing innovative programs and solutions to challenges facing the people of dairy and the future of the industry. The CPDF looks for projects addressing economic development, community development, workforce development, or industry promotional need that are inclusive, collaborative, and effective. Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000 and will be awarded to projects focusing on Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, or South Dakota.

A recent grant recipient was the “Community Welcoming and Integration in Rural South Dakota” project led by Athena Ramos, PhD, of the University of Nebraska. Ramos and her team endeavored to better understand community welcoming and integration among immigrant agricultural workers in the South Dakota communities of Beresford, Centerville, and Viborg.

“Many times, immigrants are drawn to rural communities for jobs in agriculture,” says Chris Maxwell, Executive Director of the Central Plains Dairy Foundation. “They play an important role in our South Dakota dairies and we want to make sure they feel like part of the community in which they live.”

This project did just that. After ample dairy industry research, community member surveys, and interviews with immigrant agricultural workers and leaders in the respective communities, Ramos and her team offered recommendations to improve integration.

Some of these recommendations have already been implemented in Beresford. One of the local churches offers a weekly Spanish service, the Mexican restaurant in Centerville opened a second location in Beresford, the school has an ESL teacher as well as two other teachers that are fluent in Spanish, and the school is also working on a grant to further its ESL offerings.

Applications for a Dairy Innovators Grant must be submitted by January 31, 2021. More information is available online at centralplainsdairyfoundation.org.

For additional information about the Central Plains Dairy Foundation, call 605.412.8403 or email foundation@centralplainsdairyexpo.com.

The Central Plains Dairy Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 organization committed to investing in proactive programming to support the dairy industry along the I-29 corridor in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation applaud the announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative is taking action on Canada’s dairy policies. U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer will initiate official consultations with Canada to examine the administration of its Tariff Rate Quota obligations for dairy.

The two U.S. dairy organizations have long raised an alarm about the need to ensure the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement is fully-enforced due to Canada’s history of undermining trade agreements. Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley and Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo both say the Trump Administration is taking the right step for American dairy producers and farmers.

One of the biggest improvements in the new USMCA provisions is providing access to Canada’s dairy market, which had unfairly restricted equitable access to American dairy for years. The two Senate Committee chairs say, “We hope our Canadian partners can resolve this issue without going to arbitration, but we are supportive of Ambassador Lighthizer’s efforts either way.”

Wisconsin Senator Ron Kind says, “To create an even playing field for dairy farmers and help keep jobs in the United States, the administration must hold Canada and Mexico accountable to their trade commitments by implementing enforcement provisions.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation is standing-up for hundreds of dairy farmers being targeted by predatory lawyers representing the estate of Dean Foods.

The organization says Dean Foods, currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings, has sent letters to nearly 500 dairy farmers who once sold milk to Dean Foods threatening legal action unless they refund money earned before the bankruptcy filing.  Travis Cushman, AFBF senior counsel for public policy…

Cushman calls the effort a predatory shakedown regarding milk payments already highly regulated by the federal government…

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, “Shame on these predatory lawyers for bullying dairy farmers at a time when many are struggling to keep their farms running.”

AFBF sent a letter to the law firm managing the Dean Foods estate calling for an immediate reversal of their so-called “predatory shakedown” and threatening potential legal action if the firm fails to withdraw the letters sent to farmers. In the letter, AFBF says the letters sent to farmers “are deceptive and constitute an abuse of process that attempts to extract funds that Dean Foods is not entitled to under the threat of a lawsuit.”