The author is the dairy development manager for Vita Plus of Madison, Wis. He is a member of the board of directors with Citizens State Bank of Loyal, Wis.

The dairy business is part of the agriculture commodity community. An agriculture commodity means the raw product looks the same no matter where it is produced around the world. Corn looks like corn whether it is from the fields of Iowa, Argentina, the Ukraine or China. The same goes for wheat, soybeans and other crops. Milk also fits the commodity definition regardless of where the cow is milked.