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"Prompt action is critical to save this essential industry. Payments going directly to farmers do not fix our market. We...
04/03/2020
COVID-19 crushing the dairy industry

"Prompt action is critical to save this essential industry. Payments going directly to farmers do not fix our market. We need to look at the entire supply chain and put our dollars and efforts into finding solutions in processing and distribution to get our dairy products to those who need them most. The solution lies in the immediate movement of our cheese inventory."

WDA: The amount of fear and uncertainty surrounding our industry today is unprecedented.

Small dairy farmers in western Wisconsin are fighting back against a CAFO moratorium in their county.
10/22/2019
Small Wis. dairy farmers lead fight against CAFO moratorium – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Small dairy farmers in western Wisconsin are fighting back against a CAFO moratorium in their county.

Small Wis. dairy farmers lead fight against CAFO moratorium By MAA Brad Olson, a dairy farmer in Polk County, is relieved officials there are taking their time before voting on a moratorium against CAFOs. “We’re trying to do it the right way. The county board is getting the best information poss...

It's about time!
09/18/2019
The Ideas Network

It's about time!

Three Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed legislation to keep plant-based or lab-created products from being labeled as "milk" or "meat."

Dairy farmers who sign up by Nov. 1 can receive two free tickets to Dairy Strong in January.http://midwestagalmanac.com/...
09/09/2019
Farmers have chance to attend Dairy Strong for free – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Dairy farmers who sign up by Nov. 1 can receive two free tickets to Dairy Strong in January.
http://midwestagalmanac.com/2019/09/09/farmers-have-chance-to-attend-dairy-strong-for-free/

Farmers have chance to attend Dairy Strong for free On Jan. 22-23, 2020, hundreds of dairy farmers from throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation will come to the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., for Dairy Strong – an exciting conference and trade show. Dairy farmers who register by Nov. 1 ...

Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance field day focuses on soil health.
08/27/2019
LASA field day puts spotlight on soil health – Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance

Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance field day focuses on soil health.

LASA field day puts spotlight on soil health August 22, 2019 Joanna Guza By Mary HookhamFor Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance You might say hog farmer Mike Berget has soil on the brain, so he appreciated Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance’s third annual field day. The event, held in August at the U...

Great point
08/05/2019
Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance

Great point

This shows again that the water quality issues are complex and call for comprehensive solutions. You can't — and shouldn't — point the finger at one source. We will continue working to do our part in improving water quality and soil health in Lafayette County through science and innovation. We want to be leaders for positive change and are proud of our members for stepping up.

A don’t miss event
08/01/2019
Dairy Strong

A don’t miss event

Dairy Strong is teaming up with Field to Market to host a #free webinar at noon on Aug. 9 on benchmarking sustainability while utilizing the Fieldprint® Platform https://bit.ly/2K4DBzN #DairyStrong

At a time when farmers are being hit hard by low prices and poor weather conditions, a group of dairy farmers still foun...
07/31/2019
Dairy Cares holds record-setting event – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

At a time when farmers are being hit hard by low prices and poor weather conditions, a group of dairy farmers still found a way to give back and
help patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
http://midwestagalmanac.com/2019/07/31/dairy-cares-holds-record-setting-event/

Dairy Cares holds record-setting event Joseph Opsal Photography A celebration of kids and cows, Kaitlyn Hitt (daughter of Andrew and Stacy Hitt) gives a gentle kiss to “Marcy” during the 2019 Dairy Cares ninth annual garden party, which raised $241,500 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. By ...

This story is hitting home for farmers in two Midwest farm states. We encourage anyone who can help with the investigati...
07/24/2019
Multiple agencies searching for local brothers missing in Missouri

This story is hitting home for farmers in two Midwest farm states. We encourage anyone who can help with the investigation to reach out to local authorities.

Nick Diemel, 35, and Justin Diemel, 24, have been missing since July 21. Their rental vehicle was found at a park-and-ride in Holt, Missouri.

For nearly a decade, Dairy Cares of Wisconsin has been raising money on behalf of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. If y...
07/17/2019

For nearly a decade, Dairy Cares of Wisconsin has been raising money on behalf of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. If you haven't been a donor or sponsor before, now's a great time to get involved. You can learn more at https://bit.ly/32uH1TV.

Only 10 more days!

We've got an awesome band lined up to set the mood for this year's Garden Party. Have you registered for the event or signed up as a sponsor yet? Join us in our mission to help Children's Hospital of Wisconsin today! Visit https://bit.ly/32uH1TV for more information. #DCGardenParty19 #DairyCares #MakingADifference

Good news for Wisconsin farmers
07/03/2019
Dairy Business Association

Good news for Wisconsin farmers

The new state budget will empower farmers and others to innovate in ways that position America’s Dairyland for long-term success.

The Dairy Business Association highlighted two provisions in the budget that Gov. Tony Evers signed today — funding for a Dairy Innovation Hub and more grants for farmer-led conservation efforts. Both were items the association pushed for aggressively.

Finding enough workers is a challenge facing many dairy farms.
06/24/2019
The Ideas Network

Finding enough workers is a challenge facing many dairy farms.

Some Wisconsin dairy leaders worry increased scrutiny around immigration is having an impact on the immigrant labor force the industry depends on. https://buff.ly/2X8nmdq

The original story got tons of press, but how much attention will this story get? It turns out that animal activists coe...
06/21/2019
DA: Witness says ARM coerced workers to abuse calves at Fair Oaks Dairy – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

The original story got tons of press, but how much attention will this story get? It turns out that animal activists coerced Fair Oaks Dairy employees to abuse cattle.
http://midwestagalmanac.com/2019/06/21/da-witness-says-arm-coerced-workers-to-abuse-calves-at-fair-oaks-dairy/

DA: Witness says ARM coerced workers to abuse calves at Fair Oaks Dairy Reprinted from The Journal & CourierFAIR OAKS, Ind. – Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski said Tuesday that a witness has come forward, claiming that an Animal Recovery Mission employee who made undercover videos of abuse at...

What a innovative tool!
06/12/2019

What a innovative tool!

Over 35 people are here to learn more about equipment and conservation efforts. This is an Agrometer. It applies manure to living crops like standing corn and alfalfa fields. Great tool in the toolbox for nutrient management! This is the only machine in the U.S.

A good read.
06/11/2019
CAFOs Watching CAFO Watchers

A good read.

Friends, read the article below. It raises a valid question about the extent "animal rights" activists have taken their bullying tactics.
If you're willing to help us, please share your stories (or forward articles) about the insidious/vicious tactics so-called "animal rights" activists have deployed against you or others.
CWCW would like to take a swing at creating a clearinghouse of such information for future use. We want to hear or see your stories ...

#truth
06/09/2019

#truth

Owning a business is hard. There are a ton of balls in the air and it pretty much always feels like if you drop even one ball, it will be the end of your business. Most businesses simply can't do it all and we rely on employees to get the job done.

Last night I interviewed a potential new employee. He seems like a nice person. And I hope that he will be a good fit on our farm. But I don't know that he will be a good fit. We will train him and keep an eye on him and do everything we can to set him up for success. But in the end we have to have faith in another human to do the right thing, when we go to our son's school event, a family birthday dinner or just work late in the field. We have to trust who we hire even when we are not there watching.

You see, when we hire someone, we aren't just trusting them with a cash register or inventory. We are trusting that whoever we hire will do the right thing by our cows. Living breathing animals that have been entrusted to our care. We are trusting whoever we hire will not only live up to our expectations as their employer, but also to your expectations of our farm because you are our customer.

Cows aren't always compliant. You can't reason with them. You can't explain the plan to them and have them understand you. They can be incredibly frustrating to work with at times. Cows can cause people to lose their patience and sometimes the person losing their patience is the person you hired. The person you have to trust will make the right choice when things don't go their way.

Yesterday an undercover video came out from an animal rights activist group. It was filmed in part at a Fair Oaks farm. The video shows inexcusable treatment of animals by employees of the farm. In response to the video Mike McCloskey, founder of Fair Oaks Farms, released a statement that you can read on their page. In the statement he takes ultimate responsibility for what happened and explains that the employees in the video had been fired long before the video was released because other employees spoke up after witnessing abuse. The culture on the farm is such that employees spoke up when they saw bad actions and that says a lot.

The McCloskey family has to put their trust in a lot more employees than we do on our farm because their work load is bigger than ours. But at the end of the day, both of our families have to put our trust in others. When something happens to break that trust, video camera or not, that is the ultimate betrayal.

Last night I hired a new employee. I will train him, I will have him sign an agreement to care for our ladies with respect, I will supervise him. At some point I will leave him on his own to do some work and I will put my trust in him because I have to, to get the job done. I will put my trust in him because I believe that although evil exists, most humans are good. That is the best I can do, that is the best any of us can do.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers impressed with farms' conservation efforts. #sustainability Peninsula Pride Farms, Inc.
05/31/2019
Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers impressed with farms' conservation efforts. #sustainability Peninsula Pride Farms, Inc.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers tours a digester that reduces manure odor, produces electricity, creates comfortable bedding for the cows and decreases pathogens in the manure at Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee County. By Mary HookhamPeninsula Pride FarmsKEWAUNEE, Wis. — During his first State of the State s...

Four keynote speakers selected Dairy Strong 2020, which will be held next January in Madison.
05/31/2019
Dairy Strong 2020 keynote speakers announced – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Four keynote speakers selected Dairy Strong 2020, which will be held next January in Madison.

Dairy Strong 2020 keynote speakers announced By MAA GREEN BAY, Wis. – Hundreds of dedicated members of the U.S. dairy community will gather again Jan. 22-23, 2020, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, in Madison, Wis., for the sixth annual Dairy Strong conference. This past January...

There's a new way to support Dairy Cares of Wisconsin -- shopping via Amazon.
05/30/2019
Support Dairy Cares of Wisconsin with your next Amazon purchase – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

There's a new way to support Dairy Cares of Wisconsin -- shopping via Amazon.

Support Dairy Cares of Wisconsin with your next Amazon purchase Joey Opsal photoYoung people like Ellie are the reason Dairy Cares strongly believes in and supports Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She was diagnosed with a bone infection as a kindergartner and later on, had a large tumor removed ...

It's important to stay positive even if things at the moment don't look so good.
05/13/2019
I am pretty positive... - Edge

It's important to stay positive even if things at the moment don't look so good.

It’s a request heard more than once over the past few months ahead of speaking engagements and articles delivered to dairy farmer audiences. While not ordinarily given to unqualified, unequivocal, unwavering assessments, I can be pretty positive about a few things…

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative
04/22/2019
Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Happy #EarthDay! We are proud to support farmers sustainability efforts in the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance.

The sustainability progress with Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance, Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers, Peninsula Pride Farms, Inc., Western Wisconsin Conservation Council and Yahara Pride Farms has been very encouraging for the future of dairy.

Wisconsin hemp farmers learned a lot during their first season of growing industrial hemp.
03/08/2019
Wisconsin’s industrial hemp program blooms – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Wisconsin hemp farmers learned a lot during their first season of growing industrial hemp.

Wisconsin’s industrial hemp program blooms By Leah CallMAAWisconsin’s industrial hemp program had a bountiful first year and its second year looks just as promising. Wisconsin began an Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program in 2018 to study the growth and marketing of industrial hemp as authoriz...

Spudmobile -- a mobile education center about Wisconsin's potato industry -- gets new look for 2019.
03/04/2019
Mobile potato info center gets new look – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Spudmobile -- a mobile education center about Wisconsin's potato industry -- gets new look for 2019.

Mobile potato info center gets new look The Wisconsin Spudmobile has a brand new look.By MAA The traveling billboard and mobile education unit for the Wisconsin potato industry has a new look. The 37.5-foot RV that is appropriately called “The Wisconsin Spudmobile,” has a brand-new exterior wrap...

If dairy farmers can hold out, experts say rising prices are on the way.
03/04/2019
Experts predict higher milk prices this year – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

If dairy farmers can hold out, experts say rising prices are on the way.

Experts predict higher milk prices this year By Leah CallMAA The current dairy pricing scenario was caused by a variety of factors, including an abundance of supply and a decrease in demand, which has led to perhaps the most challenging time ever for dairy farmers. But after four long years of low m...

Peninsula Pride Farms, Inc. uses annual meeting to share their successes in improving water and soil quality.
02/19/2019
Kewaunee farmers make progress on water quality – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Peninsula Pride Farms, Inc. uses annual meeting to share their successes in improving water and soil quality.

Kewaunee farmers make progress on water quality LUXEMBURG, Wis. — Don Niles would’ve understood if the third year of the region’s farmer-led conservation group had been slow going in the quest to improve water quality.  “We can design it to tell a little story about the farm, the cover-crop...

This is why proper labeling of plant-based products is so critical.
02/11/2019

This is why proper labeling of plant-based products is so critical.

Customers are confused and here's proof: https://bit.ly/2S8AvzA

American Dairy Coalition
01/30/2019

American Dairy Coalition

❄️❄️Many of us have freezing temps on our mind today as a deep freeze sets in across the Midwest.

We want to take a moment to thank all the hard working folks who are out in the elements, not only today, but every day! The cows don't take snow or cold days so neither can our nation's dairy farmers! Thank you for all you do to provide nutritious and delicious dairy products for us all to enjoy! ❄️❄️

#thankafarmer #isupportfarmers

Good job by Kim Bremmer for calling the WSJ out for it's poor coverage of CAFOs.
01/28/2019
Wall Street Journal missed the mark on CAFO coverage

Good job by Kim Bremmer for calling the WSJ out for it's poor coverage of CAFOs.

Bremmer: The frequent repetition of misinformation about CAFOs, causing dislike and distrust, has easily become disguised as the truth.

If farmers weren't struggling with enough right now.
01/28/2019
The Ideas Network

If farmers weren't struggling with enough right now.

Wisconsin farmers and their accountants say they're in for a tough tax season as they file their first returns under the tax laws passed by Congress in late 2017.

Powerful article.
01/26/2019
Ag Inspirations

Powerful article.

I grow tired of the same anti-CAFO rhetoric that gets repeated over and over with no response from agriculture. Farmers are busy - and sadly, accustomed to being attacked daily. But the danger lies in the fact that when misinformation gets repeated enough, it easily becomes disguised as the truth.

No two farms are the same and there’s no one way, one-size-fits-all way to farm. Environmental activists push divisive and hateful messaging to try to make water look like a simple issue, when it’s far from it. I’ll put my money on farmers, who are always implementing new ideas to conserve water and improve water quality. #RealProblemSolvers

https://aginspirations.com/uncategorized/inconvenient-truths/

Survey: Consumers find it difficult to tell nutritional differences between milk-based cheese and plant-based cheese due...
01/25/2019
Survey: Plant-based food labels confuse consumers – Midwest Agriculture Almanac

Survey: Consumers find it difficult to tell nutritional differences between milk-based cheese and plant-based cheese due to confusing labels.

Survey: Plant-based food labels confuse consumers For MAAMADISON, Wis. — In a marketplace increasingly crowded by plant-based imitation dairy products, the results of a new survey show that customers are confused about whether those products are indeed dairy foods and whether they carry the same n...

01/24/2019
Dairy Strong

Good talk on how to get through tough times and recognize the opportunities.

Dairy Strong keynote speaker Molly Fletcher speaks to working through tough times and the opportunities that come from leaning into change. #DairyStrong https://bit.ly/2S2PISV

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