Feb. 10 2019
Saying yes can take you places, and this was certainly the case for me. Last fall, I was asked to travel to Germany. In mid-November, I headed overseas with the German American Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 10 2019
It’s powerful when the U.S. dairy industry comes together to discuss how we can work together to lead dairy forward,” shared Michael Dykes, CEO and president of the International Dairy Foods...
Feb. 10 2019
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. This historic act is the single biggest change in tax law in over 40 years
Feb. 10 2019
Fat is back, and that should have all of us rethinking how we track performance benchmarks. By reshaping our thought process, we will better match the milk sold off our farm to consumer
Feb. 7 2019
I’m a little ashamed to admit how long it’s taken me to write this article. I’m even more ashamed to admit that I’m too scared to tell you the whole story, but I promise you that...
Jan. 15 2019
Dairy farmers, veterinarians, and milk processors alike should celebrate the outcome of the Food and Drug Administration’s latest round of antibiotic residue testing. During the past year, we provid
Jan. 15 2019
Just like the early European explorers who made the first maps, every world map improved with each expedition. The same case applies to studying DNA
Jan. 15 2019
Cheese — it’s an acquired taste. Typically when new dairy markets open, the first thing people do is drink fluid milk. Next in the dairy evolution, those consumers start eating fresh product
Jan. 15 2019
As each month ticks by with Class III milk prices in the mid-teens, equity slips away from the balance sheets a little at a time
Jan. 15 2019
Fad diets are a thing right now. Unfortunately, some of them are a problem for dairy. I first heard about Whole 30 (W30) last year. It is a diet for people, typically women in midlife, who are looking
Jan. 15 2019
Summer may seem a long ways away, but dairy farmers are likely still poignantly aware of the negative impacts of hot weather on milk yield and components
Jan. 7 2019
School cancellations make kids scream with joy. Staying in pajamas, baking cookies, watching movies, and then heading out to play in the snow — oh, what fun!
Jan. 7 2019
You can always go home. In the case of Hisao Fukuda, home meant returning to his original vocation: working for the U.S. dairy farmers. “I knew Tom Suber well,” said Fukuda
Jan. 7 2019
Job titles in the agricultural community are vast. There are many different careers and people that work together to produce a safe food supply for humans and livestock. One of those minds is a lawyer,...
Jan. 7 2019
The 2018 Farm Bill has significantly changed the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) that was introduced in the 2014 Farm Bill
Dec. 11 2018
Somewhere along the way, someone asked me my thoughts on how authority should flow within a dairy. Upon reflection, I developed “The Purple Truck Theory.”
Dec. 11 2018
Quiet is deafening when you expect sound. An idle milking parlor is like a tomb. The roar of silence softens some with the passage of time or if the space is repurposed
Dec. 11 2018
The “Next 5 Percent” strategy includes more boots on the ground for USDEC. Shown at the Tokyo-based trade mission were (L to R): Luke Waring, Hisao Fukuda, Ross Christieson, Jeff McNeill, Hiroshi
Dec. 11 2018
Some of the greatest gifts we receive don’t cost a penny. As I reflect over the past year and look forward to a holiday season that exemplifies gifts, I realize it is the people in my life
Nov. 15 2018
This is a friendly reminder to all of you, and myself — never give up on your dreams. I once had dreams