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I use my phone for so many things that if I lose it for a moment, I panic.   I have prioritized this piece of technology to be my lifeline. It allows me to connect to people I know and work …

The hazards of agri-driving

My daily drive from home to the Dairy Star office in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and back should be about 30 minutes one way. However, commute time stretched to 45 minutes for much of summer and into …

FMMO hearing in recess

The National Federal Milk Marketing Order Pricing Formula Hearing is in recess until Nov. 27. Once the process begins again, the hearing is expected to last for a couple more weeks. The U.S. …

The downturn in U.S. milk production was bigger than we thought but is likely over. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest preliminary data put September output at 18.21 billion pounds, …

Butter sets a new record high

The September federal order Class III milk price was announced at $18.39 per hundredweight, up $1.20 from August but $1.43 below September 2022 and the highest since April. The nine-month average …

Back to school with events too

This past month has been a whirlwind, but I have finally recovered from the busyness of the Minnesota State Fair. The day after the fair, my parents and I picked up the 90-pound block of butter and …

How hot is too hot?

The summer of 2023 was hot and dry. However, until the third week in August, most farmers in my area reported little, if any, drop in milk production. Cows did well because dairy producers have …

Back to baking

Apples, pumpkin and cinnamon are three of my favorite things about fall. We haven’t had a killing frost yet, but a few chilly nights are pushing me out of the garden and back to the kitchen to …

Farming with family

As dairy farmers, the work is never done. There are always chores that can be done. Nonetheless, we typically try to take it easy on Sundays and dedicate time for family. Most Sundays, we either …

Autumn chores

It is now officially autumn, which means it’s time to quit putting off your summertime projects and start putting off your fall chores. Back in the days of yore — a historical period …

Not World Dairy Expo bound

Emily and I used to go to World Dairy Expo every year to wander around, chatting with friends, looking at equipment and admiring beautiful dairy cattle. The road trip to Madison, Wisconsin, was also …

Finding faith in the rhythms of farming

Farmers’ lives revolve around nature’s rhythms. Planting, growing, harvesting and resting. In this rhythm, we are currently transitioning from a very busy summer season of growing and …

Congress in limbo

Policy Solutions President Jay Truitt doesn’t see a quick solution to the changeover in the House speakership and the resulting chaos. “Someone inside the GOP strategy circle has to feel …

Welcome

October is full of many high-pressure days that are due to fall harvest, family and school farm tours, and World Dairy Expo. We have been harvesting corn silage and the fifth cutting of hay, and we …

Squash soup weather

I heard the furnace hum the other night as the wind blew us in the door after chores, and all I could think was how great squash soup would taste. I might have the only 6-year-old who craves squash …

Farm bill expiration approaches

The government’s fiscal year ends at the end of the month, and Congress needs to pass a full-year spending measure or a continuing resolution to continue the current appropriations bill.

When farmers talk, it makes a difference

It was just a week ago that Duane and I were rushing around finishing up chores, packing clothes and trying to remember if we forgot anything. We were headed to the Madison airport for the fall fly-in with other members of Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Catching the show bug

Labor Day weekend marked our first foray into the cattle showing world.

Crops or cows?

Which one do you prefer?

High-tech napping

We use technology to make virtually every task in our lives easier, more effective, and less time-consuming.

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