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The Dairy Experience and Agricultural Leadership Program members met this summer for the final phase of the 18-month leadership opportunity focusing on leadership opportunities within checkoff and offering media training.

4-H dairy dreams coming true

I continue to be amazed by all of the ways the 4-H dairy project positively affects young peoples’ lives.

Class III milk price forecast raised

The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its 2023 and 2024 milk production forecasts in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, stating, “The cow inventory is lowered for both years based on the July 1 dairy cow inventory and heifer retention data provided in the recent cattle report as well as the average cow inventory data in the latest milk production report. Output per cow was reduced for 2023 but unchanged for 2024.”

Corn silage harvest is at the doorstep for many dairy farms across the Midwest.

Hearing scheduled for federal order reform

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has scheduled a national hearing to review Federal Milk Marketing Orders for Aug. 23 near Indianapolis, Indiana.

Trailers loaded with life lessons

Anyone who has ever loaded up a trailer and headed to a show knows the months, if not years, of preparation that is involved.

Dental distress

There I was, eating breakfast and reading the morning news, when an odd “pop” reverberated through my skull.

Summer surprises

My garden is finally starting to yield enough to eat. Fresh peas, beans, sweet corn and potatoes are filling our plates.

A never-ending role

It’s crazy what can happen in a year – what dreams can come true, the opportunities that come your way, and the people you meet.

Cheese helps support Class III futures

The July federal order Class III benchmark milk price hit bottom, falling to $13.77 per hundredweight, down $1.14 from June, $8.75 below July 2022, and the lowest since May 2020.

Casa Verde de La Feria

Our little green fish house – which we affectionately refer to as Casa Verde – has a new purpose in life.

Advancing research in dairy is a key strategy of dairy checkoff. Midwest Dairy funds research by focusing efforts on solving industry challenges and partnering with those who take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace to drive demand for dairy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture left its 2023 milk production forecast unchanged in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report but lowered the 2024 estimate, citing lower cow inventories and slower growth in milk per cow.

Pizza party on the farm

This past Friday evening, we opened our farm to the community.

The gift of rain

Every week we have watched the statewide drought report. The parameters have grown and shrunk over the months as rains moved across the state, but Benton County has consistently been in the center as one of the driest areas in the state.

Finding help in an unexpected place

I am new to the position on the board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

County fair memories

County fairs have always been a reason to celebrate and showcase local agriculture. My grandmother was in 4-H, my mom was in 4-H, I was in 4-H, and I can’t wait until my children are old enough to join 4-H.

Drought-stressed alfalfa

For some across the Midwest, recent rain has brought much-needed moisture.

USDA adjusts dairy forecast

In the new U.S. Department of Agriculture supply and demand report, the milk production forecast for 2023 was left unchanged from last month

The old record book

Handwritten thank you notes are making a comeback, so I was rummaging through desk drawers in search of blank thank you cards. Mutters of “I know they’re around here somewhere” filled the house.

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