» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 128 | NO. 121 | Friday, June 21, 2013

UT Heading Dairy Study in Southeast

AP

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Comments ()

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A six-state study will attempt to pinpoint the causes of the decline in the Southeastern U.S. dairy industry.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is the lead institution for the study, funded by a $3 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Steve Oliver, assistant dean of UT AgResearch, said the Southeastern dairy industry is in serious trouble.

"Although the nation is experiencing a surge in milk and dairy demand, the Southeast has experienced a greater than 37 percent decline in total milk production," Oliver said "Milk quality is also consistently the poorest of all the regions of the U.S."

Statistics show more than two-thirds of the region's dairies have closed since 1995.

The decline is hastened by mastitis, an inflammation of the cows' udders, which is present throughout the region.

Among aims of the program is identifying economic, social and psychological factors affecting regional farmers' limited adoption of practices known to control mastitis. The researchers plan to develop strategies to counter the rationale for failure to adopt them.

Leaders of the study also plan to develop both continuing education programs for current dairy farmers and providing undergraduate and graduate student education for long-term solutions in the region.

Regional participants in the study include the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University and Virginia Tech.

The project is expected to be funded for five years.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 4,594

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.