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Way back in the 1930s, one of the original motivations behind creating the Federal Milk Marketing Order system was to provide incentives for farmers to produce better milk. Much of the milk at the time was Grade B, which...
In 2014, American Farm Bureau Federation led industry roundtable discussions about collection, use, and sharing of agricultural data from farmers. The result of those discussions was the creation of a document called the Privacy and Security Principles for Farm...
The March 2024 finding of an avian influenza virus in dairy cows suffering from a previously unknown disease syndrome has brought attention to disease control and detection methods on dairy operations. While dairy cows affected with the syndrome were first...
Indiana House Enrolled Act 1003 changes the way we litigate administrative appeals. This will impact confined feeding challenges, permit modification appeals, and other regulatory decisions by our the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Lady Justice considering an administrative appeal First,...
Integrating new software into your team can feel like a blind date. Worse yet, a speed date followed by an arranged marriage. This shotgun arrangement may not end well. A better way. Romance. Invite your employees along for the journey of...
Over the past three years, expenses on dairy farms have surged significantly, with feed, wages, energy, supplies and materials all experiencing dramatic increases. Many of these expense hikes seemed beyond our control. The rise in expenses resulted in a...
Most people are exposed to about 4,000 advertising messages a day. Complicating matters is their average attention span is around six seconds. This, sadly, is about two seconds lower than that of a goldfish, or about the same period of...
Prices paid in 2024 for dairy products should be similar to 2023, while net returns may be better, according to University of Missouri Extension economist Scott Brown. Brown told attendees at the 2024 Missouri Dairy Expo that average weather and...
No matter how much hard work you put into your operation, dairy farmers are facing new obstacles that can be just as unpredictable as the weather. Inflation continues to rise, interest rates are higher than ever, and operating costs...
As a teenager, one of my farm duties was cultivating the weeds out of the corn and soybeans. I preferred to drive our bigger tractor because it was easier to handle, but the cultivator was mounted on the back...