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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Jan. 11 2021
Many dairy proponents who have studied the newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020 to 2025 will tell you that there are many wins for the category
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Jan. 7 2021
The newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 was filled with many positives for the dairy industry
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Dec. 17 2020
While many unknowns remain regarding 2021 milk prices, there are a few factors with major impacts that we do know details about
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Dec. 14 2020
During the last decade, the U.S. dairy industry has seen both butterfat prices and protein prices drive farm gate milk checks
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Dec. 10 2020
As the wild ride that has been 2020 comes to a close, dairy economists have their eyes directed toward what’s in store for 2021
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Dec. 7 2020
While there is a good amount of turnover in leadership of the agriculture committees in Congress, the agriculture industry as a whole also has its attention focused on a critically important appointment...
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Dec. 3 2020
Change is a scary thing, and there will be no shortage of that in Washington, D.C., when it comes to agriculture leaders in the next Congress and administration
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Nov. 25 2020
The fundamental question bouncing around the minds of many dairy operators throughout 2020 is probably the one posed in the title of this article
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Nov. 23 2020
If you asked a group of dairy farmers from across the country to define the function of the Federal Milk Marketing Orders, you might get a wide range of answers
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Nov. 19 2020
For the same reason that many dairy economists are unwilling to put too much stock in predicting future milk prices, 2020 has left the industry with another lesson just as applicable to federal order pricing:...
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Nov. 12 2020
Conversations involving risk management and forward contracting often end up resulting in a discussion of “one time.”
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Nov. 9 2020
Stability, predictability, and adequacy — those are three things farmers require from dairy markets
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Nov. 5 2020
Decades of financial advice will offer the same conclusion to the question, “How much cash does a dairy need to have on hand?”
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Oct. 26 2020
While some dairy products have seen dramatic gains in purchases due to COVID-19 and other products such as yogurt have seen consumers curtail buying, butter has been somewhere in the middle
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Oct. 22 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has most certainly impacted the financial stability of the country, put the economy into recession, and even raised concerns of a coming depression
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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