A new Cornell study has demonstrated the connection between heat stress and gut permeability, which describes the porosity of the gut. According to co-author Prof. Joe McFadden, dairy cattle biology, the study is the first to directly investigate the connection as well as propose a solution through dietary shifts.
With the start of a new year, the McFadden Lab of the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University received a National Science Foundation grant to fund an innovative new project to increase efficiency and sustainability on milk production.
Chobani has committed to supporting agricultural development at Cornell, dedicating $500,000 to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and allowing students to benefit from the Chobani Scholarship Program over the next five years.
Since 2018, the program has created opportunities for a number of students in CALS pursuing a career in dairy. This January, Chobani announced that it will broaden its entire program by one million dollars and will expand its eligibility criteria to include a wider variety of agricultural interests.
In the past, this scholarship has provided CALS students interested in dairy with life changing opportunities. Libby Swatling ’24, a scholarship recipient, is an animal science major with a focus in dairy management. Before finding the Chobani program, she reported experiencing difficulty finding a scholarship that would support her aspirations to work in dairy agriculture. Unlike some students pursuing work in the dairy industry, Swatling does not come from a farming background.
“I don’t qualify for a lot of scholarships, and the agriculture focused ones usually require the applicant to be from a farm or be involved in their local [Future Farmers of America] Chapter,” said Swatling.
Upstate Farms, a cooperative group of 340 family-owned farmers across New York, won gold for Best Fluid Milk at the annual dairy day at the New York State Fair, representing the cream of the crop as dairy producers.
Today, 37 percent fewer Americans drink cow’s milk than in 1970, and dairy milk sales dropped 20 percent — from $15 billion to $12 billion — between 2011 and 2017. On the other hand, plant-based milks have soared in popularity with sales at $2.11 billion in 2017 from $900 million in 2012.
Led by a Cornell alumnus, Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer, filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 12, following years of declining sales and steep competition from both industry competitors and rival food groups.
Cornell signed a research partnership agreement on Sept. 23 with Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group — the largest dairy producer in China — to find ways to improve dairy production, according to a University press release. The agreement emerged after the University and the Yili group signed a memorandum of understanding in April for research collaboration on increasing dairy product innovation. These public-private partnerships are necessary in order to find ways to feed the growing world population, according to Prof. Martin Wiedmann, food science. “[This partnership is] needed to increase research to create a thriving global agricultural economy and provide high-quality food products for a world that is predicted to soon reach nine billion people,” he said in the release.