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It’s been 40 years since my wife quietly whispered a certain little something in my ear, two tiny words that caused me to exclaim, “You’re what?”  

Precautions with fall cutting alfalfa

As we welcome the official start of fall this week, alfalfa decision-making is in the rearview mirror for some.

An ode to the dairy farmers before me

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” Neale Donald Walsch said.

Dairy product demand remains strong

Milk production forecasts for 2022 and 2023 were lowered from last month in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.

More milk production in 2023

U.S. milk output is continuing to grow but at a slower pace compared to what was expected one month ago.

Preparing for World Dairy Expo

As the days get a little shorter and mornings start to feel a little crisper, I always think, “It’s starting to feel like Expo weather.” As fast as time flies, we are already near the end of September and ready to flip the calendar to October.

Sharing the bounty

They say when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When you have way too much zucchini, you make cake and share with others.

Class III futures hovering around $20

    What goes up, does come down, and dairy farmers know the drill all too well unfortunately.

Show cow sheen is seen

My hobby during this season is cow shows. I love to be present at the shows or watch the live streams from the shows when they are available.

The next season

Fair season ended for our family a couple days ago when Emily took the kids back up to the state fair one last time for their non-livestock project judging.

The miracle of birth

I arrived for my 1 p.m. shift at the Minnesota State Fair Miracle of Birth Center at 12:30 p.m. this year on a beautiful, sunny, late summer day.

Preserving time

    It's the time of year when the days are growing shorter, the nights are becoming longer, and Americans are spending more and more of their time indoors, participating in their favorite pleasure-inducing activity. 

Wave like Princess Kay

Dairy has always given me so much joy. Before I could walk, my parents would put me in the stroller and wheel me to the alley of the barn where I sat as they milked our cows together with the polka music in the background.

To be heard

Too many times We pass each other by In a rush, we say, “Oh, how are you?” “Well, hello there,” we quickly reply

Back to school

The last week of August is usually the start of school in our area of Wisconsin. Many kids attend just three days before the Labor Day weekend.

With two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the U.S. economy is in a technical recession.

Saying goodbye to Oreo

My wife, Jenny, and I have three animal loving children, and we also have an array of animals to suit their affinity.

There’s $20 billion in conservation funding within the newly-signed Inflation Reduction Act. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar sees it as a jumpstart for the next farm bill.

Close the barn door

 There is an old, wise saying, “Closing the barn door once the horses are out, it’s a bit too late.”

The summer of eggs

Thank goodness we have chickens and our own milk and meat. Those are the lines that frequently went through my head while grocery shopping this summer.

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