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ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Accepting the Gopher Dairy Club’s Golden Graduate Award Feb. 25, Lucas Sjostrom shared his philosophy to “be transparent, take the high road and do the right …

Perfect timing saves the day

SWANVILLE, Minn. — The morning of Feb. 8 started out like any other day at Joe Staricka’s farm. However, that day will stand out in Staricka’s memory for a long time to come.   …

More milk ‘n’ cookies

Milk and cookies are a classic combination. This past holiday season, Midwest Dairy capitalized on the quintessential pairing through a signage collaboration promoting the sale of milk with the …

Not your ordinary cows

In the Feb. 24 Dairy Star, Minnesota DHIA highlighted top lifetime production cows.   Within the list were these five cows that are all older than 12 years old and within their respective dairy …

STRATFORD, Wis. — The year 2021 went out with a crash, bang and boom, quite literally, for Megan Steines of Stratford, when a crash during her early morning commute to her part-time job milking …

Hustling for a cause

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Feeding a family at an agricultural event should not cost an arm and a leg. Such is the belief of Jim Memier, coordinator for the Winnebago County Holstein Breeders Association …

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Sun Prairie might have Jimmy the Groundhog to herald the arrival of spring, but in Stevens Point, opening day at Belts’ Soft Serve has been considered the official …

Goats are a labor of love

SPRING GROVE, Minn. — A crowd of amiable Nigerian goats is ready to come and say hello in Tatiana Deters’ barn at Russian Ridge Farm. “Everybody (is) overly friendly …

Continuing progress

NEW VIENNA, Iowa — When John Hoefler’s dad upgraded from a stanchion barn to a double-4 parlor, freestall barn and Harvestore silo in 1964, he was ahead of his time. “Everybody …

Sharing their voice

SARTELL, Minn. — Alex and Kirsten Udermann stand up for what they believe in and use what they have learned to promote the agriculture industry. This is one of the reasons why Alex and …

WASHINGTON — A bill in the U.S. Congress called the Innovative FEED Act could loosen U.S. Food and Drug regulations for how livestock feed additives are categorized and approved. Specifically, …

Tell us about your farm and family. I grew up on our family farm, E&A Dairy, near Bankston, Iowa. Our family farm was started five generations ago, and I am the sixth generation. We milk 120 …

148 members Dyersville, Iowa Dubuque County Tell us about your chapter. Our chapter is all student-run; we have 65% females and 35% males. We are a chapter that offers membership for students in …

NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA, Minn. — At the Carver County Dairy and Beef Expo Feb. 19, the keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Wolf, addressed the importance of components, how exports affect the U.S. economy …

KLEIN LUCKOW, Germany — Years of frustrations are driving European farmers to act against the mounting pressures their governments are foisting upon agriculture. In recent months, …

Kids Corner: The Palmers

Norah Palmer 14 years old Eighth grade When do you do chores? I help about three mornings a week. I get up around 6 a.m. and help Dad feed the calves. I also help after school sometimes when …

FFA Member Profile

Tell us about your farm and family. I am the fifth generation on my family’s dairy farm in south central Minnesota where we milk 70 cows and farm 850 acres of cropland. My parents are Dan and …

FFA: Inside the Emblem

123 members Howard Lake, Minnesota Wright County and   McLeod County Tell us about your chapter. We have two FFA advisers who are also classroom teachers and one junior high FFA adviser. …

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Becca Miller’s background would not lead one to assume she would one day be a coffee shop owner. “It’s kind of crazy how this all started,” said …

Editor’s note: Dairy Star aims to provide our readers with a closer look into relevant topics to today’s dairy industry. Through this series, we intend to examine and educate on a variety …

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