June 1 2020
I distinctly recall my fifth-grade teacher Mr. Z. He was a fun and interactive guy, and one of his favorite sayings was “until the cows come home.” He would tack it onto the end of any sentence...
May 29 2020
When I was 2 years old, my parents both worked as herd managers on successful dairy farms in central New York, but then, everything changed
May 28 2020
Food can carry quite a few labels these days. There’s grass-fed, organic, no antibiotics used, vegan, from cows not treated with rBST, clean . . . and probably at least a dozen others
May 27 2020
Is it worth it? Is it worth going head to head with animal activists? Are they worth the time it takes to have a conversation with them?
May 26 2020
How many times have we all heard as dairy farmers that we should all be online sharing our stories? It seems we get encouragement from every angle and every industry ally
May 22 2020
June is coming . . . did you read that ominously, like from Game of Thrones? You should have because June is almost here, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a battle. Online, at least
May 21 2020
When I look at my soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, I often think back to myself at that age. Truthfully, though, Cassie oozes so much more confidence than I ever did as a teenager
May 20 2020
You might be thinking that with COVID-19 stay-at-home rules in place and limits on how many people can gather, your annual National Dairy Month farm tour should be canceled, too
May 19 2020
Restrictions on travel and large gatherings are impacting pretty much everyone – including animal rights activist organizations
May 18 2020
The concept of an agricultural spelling bee — Agribee — was started by a local Farm Bureau group in Northern California 16 years ago
May 15 2020
Located in Blackstone, Va., Richlands Dairy and Creamery is home to multiple generations of the Jones family that continue to work day in and day out to provide consumers with their best products, service,...
May 14 2020
Well, it happened this past week. I turned 30 years old and plucked not one but two gray hairs out of my head
May 13 2020
So, I hear you have a question. But please tread lightly because if it’s a question I deem as dumb, then I will make fun of you and slander your name across every social media outlet I can find so...
May 12 2020
We enjoyed a beautiful weekend for Mother’s Day. The weather was perfect, if not a little on the hot side
May 11 2020
“Remember that a cow is a mother, and her calf is a baby.” — W.D. Hoard
May 8 2020
When it comes to building a website, you need a domain name. It's what people will type into Google when they are searching for your farm and it should match the brand you want to emphasize and take control...
May 7 2020
It seems like the world is at a standstill, but the view outside my farmhouse in East Moline, Ill., tells a different story
May 6 2020
If you’ve been following my blogs or my social media, you know what mental health in agriculture means to me. In fact, two of the most honest and open things I’ve ever put out into the world...
May 5 2020
The pandemic has dramatically changed life as we know it. Consumers now shop, eat, live, and work differently
May 4 2020
Last summer I had the opportunity to tour agricultural enterprises in Scotland and Ireland as part of the international dairy judging tour