The author and her family own and operate a 130-cow dairy and crop 1,500 acres. She also is a former associate editor at Hoard’s Dairyman.

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Oct. 15 2020
Since a 2016 referendum in Great Britain, markets around the world have wondered if the country’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) would open up an opportunity for trade
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Oct. 12 2020
The title of this article, “You can’t sell your cheese here,” is a sentiment that is becoming more common for American cheese producers to hear while trying to market their products around...
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Oct. 8 2020
Geographical indicators (GIs) have been a hot topic in the last several years as countries make trade agreements across the globe
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Oct. 1 2020
When COVID-19 first disrupted dairy supply chains, we all saw the grocery store signs
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Sept. 28 2020
Dairy products have an important and well-recognized role in retail locations. That’s been true for many years, and it’s not a market that the industry hopes to cede in any way
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Sept. 24 2020
In 2019, per capita consumption of dairy products reached 653 pounds per person in America, achieving levels not seen since the 1960s when Lyndon Johnson was in office
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Sept. 14 2020
For nearly every dairy farmer, corn silage harvest season is one of the most important periods of the entire year. As more and more farms transition toward rations high in corn silage, it becomes even
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Sept. 3 2020
It’s easy to agree that these are unprecedented times and that the pandemic has thrown the nation and world into dire economic straits
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Aug. 27 2020
A question you will often hear when discussing cattle nutrition is what level of production do you balance for? This question sets the stage for energy, fiber, and ingredient inclusion in the diet
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Aug. 24 2020
It’s been nearly six months since COVID-19 shuttered schools across the country
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Aug. 20 2020
From 1990 to 2010, the United States saw constantly expanding school-age populations. Since then, the number of students in school have dropped significantly, and that’s not something that’s...
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Aug. 17 2020
Corn silage is on the top of the mind for many dairy farmers right now. As such, three farmers shared what they’ve learned as they work to produce the best corn silage they can
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Aug. 17 2020
Since June 2019, 580 American farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy according to the American Farm Bureau Federation
Aug. 16 2020
A question you will often hear when discussing cattle nutrition is what level of production do you balance for? This question sets the stage for energy, fiber, and ingredient inclusion in the diet
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Aug. 13 2020
While producers have until the end of August to sign up for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments, only $7 billion has been awarded to 521,853 applications as of August 10
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Aug. 10 2020
The end of July marked the halfway point in the allotted time period for the dispersal of $3 billion through the Farms to Families Food Box program that was instituted by the Coronavirus Food Assistance...
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Aug. 6 2020
What area of your dairy received the most scrutiny as you looked to tighten your budgets?
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Aug. 3 2020
Historically, monitoring kernel milklines was the gold standard for determining time of harvest for corn destined for silage
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July 30 2020
Stressful seasons on the farm can and do cause conflict, drama, and finger-pointing amongst employees and owners
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July 27 2020
While Class III prices have surged, Class IV prices have stayed relatively consistent