The author is the senior associate editor and covers animal health, dairy housing and equipment, and nutrient management. She grew up on a dairy farm near Plymouth, Wis., and previously served as a University of Wisconsin agricultural extension agent. She received a master’s degree from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
April 10 2017
For the first time in 50 years, the price we pay for groceries has come down. USDA data shows that 2016 retail prices for food consumed at home fell 1.3 percent from the year before
April 5 2017
While the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm is well known for its Guernsey herd, the Hoard’s Jerseys have been working hard, too
April 5 2017
While the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm is well known for its Guernsey herd, the Hoard’s Jerseys have been working hard, too
April 3 2017
Most people adore dairy products, and cheese in particular, for the taste. The nutritional benefits are very appealing, too
March 27 2017
Between research data and personal on-farm experience, most dairymen would agree that overstocked pens have an undesirable affect on cow health and performance
March 25 2017
An important part of running any business is finding enterprises that complement each other. For one Michigan dairy farm, potatoes and cows have been the perfect pair. The VanDrese
March 20 2017
Solar energy systems are affordable in northern climates
March 13 2017
Brooks Farms 1855 LLC Some are quick to throw out the label “Big is bad” when it comes to farm size. Dairy producers Ron and Zoey Brooks believe the opposite is true for them
March 8 2017
Just about every packaged food item at the grocery store comes with an “expiration” or “sell by” date on the label. My inclination is that most people heed these guidelines
March 6 2017
America’s growing appetite for organic food has led to a rush of organic grain from overseas. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, sales of USDA-certified organic food jumped 10 percent last...
Feb. 27 2017
As farmers, we are expected to do “the right thing.” That’s our responsibility, but in some ways, it’s also our reward. In his presentation at the Professional Dairy Producers...
Feb. 20 2017
A variety of U.S. dairy products are shipped around the world, but four categories — cheese, skim milk powder (SMP), whey products, and lactose — lead the way
Feb. 13 2017
Farm tours are a great way to teach people about agriculture. We must recognize, though, that simply showing someone where their food comes from may not be enough to answer all their questions
Feb. 8 2017
For the past 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has entertained families across the country
Feb. 6 2017
A challenge faced by today’s dairy farmer is maintaining a positive image with the public. Most of us probably assume the worst when we speculate what consumers believe about farms
Jan. 30 2017
Hispanics spent $6 billion on dairy products in 2016.
Jan. 25 2017
Our health is one of our most precious commodities, and it should never be taken for granted. Unfortunately, as people age, the body starts to wear out
Jan. 23 2017
Love it or hate it, grocery shopping is a necessity for everyone . . . everyone who wants to eat, anyway. The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is designed to help in
Jan. 16 2017
As the original milk producers, we have become increasingly frustrated by the number of “imposters” crowding the dairy aisle. Soy milk. Almond milk. Rice milk. Coconut milk
Jan. 3 2017
Ryan Schaap, Art Schaap and Jorge Solomon There’s a certain magic during the holiday season that can make anyone a dreamer. Young children often write down a wish list of gifts they would like