“One of the biggest changes in our industry in the past decade is fostering the connection our customers have with their food source,” said Nature Way’s Dairy’s Jamie Kulesa. “Consumers want to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced. I believe this trend will continue.”
The Portales, N.M., dairyman continued, “Our dairy recognizes this trend and works diligently to be the milk producer our customers want. We strongly embrace the organic philosophy and all it entails.”
Three additional organic operations shared insight into their farms in this Hoard’s Dairyman Intel as well as the Round Table found on pages 46 to 48 of the January 25 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman.
Here are their responses to the question, “What’s the biggest challenge facing your operation in the next five years?”
Engelbert Farms, Nichols, N.Y.: Without question, the biggest challenge facing not only our operation, but the entire dairy industry in the future, is the ever-increasing burden of government regulations and taxes.
Flood Dairy, Oakfield, Wis.: Transfer of the farm to the next generation. Maintaining our part-time labor is also a goal because we have a good crew. We try hard to explain to them why we want things done a certain way.
Hidden Valley Dairy, Paul, Idaho: One of the biggest challenges to the organic industry is maintaining the integrity of the organic program. We have a lot of people coming into it right now, and I think it’s important to emphasize to the consumer that the organic program is a good and strong program.
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February 13, 2017