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.

July 4 2022
While not imminent, some dairy industry specialists have asked the question, “What would milk marketing look like without federal order pricing?”
June 27 2022
Federal Milk Marketing Orders have been in place for over eight decades, and while they have seen modest updates, many industry experts think more change is ahead
June 20 2022
As the industry begins to address updates to the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system, opinions are flooding in from a number of sources
June 2 2022
Port slowdowns in Asia have given U.S. ports a brief reprieve from the flood of shipping vessels and containers that they struggled to offload during the winter and spring months
May 23 2022
Despite the challenges surrounding exports in 2021, U.S. dairy farmers and processors hit a record $7.75 billion in sales. While that should be celebrated, the U.S.’s main competitors
May 19 2022
When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, unemployment rates across the United States were low. While the initial wave of the disease caused a number of layoffs and furloughs
May 5 2022
In the past 12 months, the Consumer Price Index has shown an 8.5% price jump in all retail items. For food specifically, that number is higher at 8.8%
May 2 2022
Dairy faces a number of challenges as the rest of the year develops. While that is true, every other food commodity market has similar struggles. Take for example oils that are used to make margarine
April 28 2022
The photos this winter from the California ports of Long Beach and Oakland left many who depend on foreign trade both concerned and uncertain
April 21 2022
Many dairies across the country are still feeding contracted or stored-on-farm feeds and forages. It’s a blessing given the upheaval in feed markets in the past months
April 14 2022
Traditionally, economists who follow dairy would predict that high milk prices bring forth more cows and more milk production
March 7 2022
Ask someone about how farm milk is marketed, and you’ll probably hear something about cooperatives and Federal Milk Marketing Orders
March 3 2022
It’s a piece of the milk price cycle we have become accustomed to. When milk prices go up, milk production follows
Feb. 28 2022
Just over two months into the new year, it has become clear that 2022 will hold many of the same fluctuations and fears of the past pandemic few years
Jan. 27 2022
Most dairy farmers know that the United States Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has played an important role in expanding trade from nearly negligible levels at its creation in 1995 to 2021’s 17%-plus
Jan. 24 2022
The dairy export scene has come a long way in the 27 years since the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) was first founded
Jan. 20 2022
From fast food restaurants to Michelin rated restaurants, who makes the decision on what food goes on the menu? Of course, the answer is chefs and culinary specialists
Dec. 16 2021
While rising milk component levels have many contributing factors, it appears this year’s corn silage will likely help producers further optimize fat and protein in milk
Dec. 13 2021
Like any forage, alfalfa production carries its unique challenges from seeding to feeding. Specifically, when discussing the quality necessary to provide good nutrition to high-producing dairy cows
Dec. 9 2021
As the year comes to an end, many dairy farmers have or are beginning to open 2021 silage storage and finding that it’s not feeding as well as some other years despite mostly having good fiber