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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Feb. 22 2021
While bank standards for assessing loans haven’t changed, the risks associated with dairy operations certainly have changed during the pandemic
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Feb. 18 2021
If volatility has been the defining characteristic of the dairy industry during the last few decades, 2020 was one for the record books
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Feb. 8 2021
The road to where we are today in agriculture labor laws has been paved with a multitude of good intentions and calls for justice
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Feb. 4 2021
The United States is nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disease has changed both social and societal norms across the country
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Feb. 1 2021
While President Joe Biden’s appointment for Secretary of Agriculture awaits approval by the Senate, the veteran head of USDA, Tom Vilsack, is already considering his agenda for his second term
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Jan. 25 2021
“I don’t think there’s any debate that improving broadband access in rural areas is both necessary and worthy. That’s just not a question,” said Cornell’s Andy Novakovic...
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Jan. 21 2021
The back and forth related to Waters of the United States (WOTUS) dates back to the language of a 1972 amendment to the Clean Water Act that established federal jurisdiction over “navigable waters.”
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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?”