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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Secretary Perdue to Host Regulatory Reform Listening Session

(Washington, D.C., September 29, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will host a regulatory reform listening session on Monday, October 2nd to receive input on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) regulatory reform efforts following President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Secretary Perdue will participate in a discussion with stakeholders and members of the public regarding the ways effective regulatory reform can be accelerated within USDA. 

This event will be held in conjunction with similar events held at all other agencies to showcase the Administration’s strategy for regulatory reform and significantly increase the pace of reform across the federal government.

*NOTE: Media interested in attending the event must RSVP to press@oc.usda.gov by MONDAY, October 2nd at 9:00 a.m. ET

MONDAY, October 2nd

What: Secretary Perdue will host a regulatory listening session to discuss USDA’s regulatory reform efforts.

Where: USDA Whitten Building, Williamsburg Room, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250

When: Monday October 2nd 2:00 p.m. E



Author pens fiction book of hope, courage, resolve

Robert Tripp announces release of ‘Meet the Bambearzo’

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – For many years, Robert Tripp shared with his children Kenny and Poochy stories which had adventure, fun, challenges and meaning. Now that he is retired, Tripp is in a better position to follow-through on the stories. Tripp finally shares to the world one of Kenny and Poochy stories, the recently released “Meet the Bambearzo: A Lesson Learned: No More Bullying” (published by Xlibris).


In the book, Kenny and Poochy have made friends with the animals of the forest and mountain close to where they live. Their experiences with these animals provide fun, adventure and meaning especially for elementary-age children.


Tripp describes the book as fun, uplifting and meaningful. “All children experience challenges in their lives. Kenny and Poochy stories are a fun and meaningful way to meet some of these challenges,” Tripp says.


 “Meet the Bambearzo”

By Robert Tripp

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781543428988

E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781543428995

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Robert Tripp was born and raised in Idaho. In his advanced schooling he has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. He taught junior high and high school for three years, and then worked as a marriage and family counselor for 35 years. He is presently retired.


Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.


My Dairy Dashboard Launches; Partnership with DFA Announced


MADISON, Wis. – My Dairy Dashboard, a joint venture between Virtus Nutrition and Dairy.com, recently announced the nationwide launch at World Dairy Expo, Oct. 2nd of the My Dairy Dashboard web app, an online technology hub that simply connects and visualizes dairy data so dairy producers and their advisors can make better decisions faster.

“This is an exciting time in dairy with new technologies being rapidly developed to track every aspect of dairy production and farming…from robotics to pedometers,” says Mitch Norby, CEO of My Dairy Dashboard. “The challenge is that almost every technology has its own system, with no easy way to bring all of this data together so that it can be accurately analyzed. This is what My Dairy Dashboard does in a nutshell: we transform data into information, and information into significant actions,” Norby said.


What you should know:

• My Dairy Dashboard simply connects and visualizes dairy data so that dairy producers and their advisors can take action on the right things faster. 

• Today dairies and their consultants spend a tremendous amount of time gathering data from different systems and often collating the data in Excel. The process creates significant lag time in viewing key performance metrics. 

• My Dairy Dashboard is 'data source agnostic' as the platform aims to connect all key data sources on the dairy, starting with herd management, feed management, milk processor data, and weather.  

• My Dairy Dashboard is designed as a platform for everyone in the dairy industry: Dairy producers can connect their data sources directly to see their trends more clearly; Dairy advisors will be able to benchmark their client herds and be alerted to changing trends that need attention; and Dairy companies that provide value-added products and services can create their own custom dashboard to more clearly see producer returns on their investment. 

 “As we geared up for My Dairy Dashboard’s launch at World Dairy Expo, we developed an Insiders program, which involved selecting 50 data-minded dairy producers from across the country and across herd sizes, who would work with us, sharing their ideas on product features and data visuals that are most important to them.” explained Renee Smith, Marketing Director for My Dairy Dashboard. “Our Insiders have played a key role in fine-tuning the My Dairy Dashboard platform before the launch in Madison.”

My Dairy Dashboard is also excited to announce a partnership with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) where the My Dairy Dashboard platform is combining DFA data and weather data to enhance their web portal for their more than 8,000 member farms.  Starting later in October, members will have access to this dashboard right in their myDFA account.

“We believe partnering with My Dairy Dashboard will be a strategic addition to the services we provide our membership,” said David Darr, President of DFA Farm Services. 

As founding companies, both Virtus Nutrition and Dairy.com are technology-minded partners and their combined solutions impact the entire dairy industry, from farm to fork. Virtus Nutrition works directly with dairies and their advisors, while Dairy.com’s web-based software solutions streamline dairy supply chain operations.

“This breadth of experience will help My Dairy Dashboard meet the data aggregation needs for individual dairy producers, consultants and other industry partners,” said Dr. Kevin Murphy, COO of My Dairy Dashboard. “We are in the information age where data is sometimes too plentiful. My Dairy Dashboard will help

dairies stay focused on what really matters and save consultants’ time so they can focus on analysis and helping dairies take action to improve their bottom line.”


Visit mydairydashboard.com to learn more or to sign up to connect your dairy farm data today!