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One of my favorite days of the entire year is the Century and Heritage Farm ceremony that takes place during the Iowa State Fair. During the all-day event in the historic Livestock Pavilion, hundreds of multi-generational farm families, many...
A sharp decline in the number of dairy heifers available to replace older cows exiting the U.S. dairy herd could limit any meaningful growth in domestic milk production over the next few years. The number of dairy replacement heifers...
Source: University of Kentucky I have often made the statement, “the more feed an early lactation cow eats, the more milk she can produce, and the more profit she can potentially make for her owner”. This statement emphasizes the importance...
Artificial intelligence (AI) use is on the rise in agriculture and elsewhere, thanks to generative AI platforms like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. AI is often described as a Black Box, where data is fed into the box and decisions are made,...
IDFA's first-ever State of Women in Dairy report provides IDFA members and dairy industry with data-based metrics and recommendations to support gender equality across the entire supply chain. Women in the U.S. dairy industry are better represented than ever before. We’re...
In the Midwest, we’ve historically had more than enough water for everyone. Agricultural, industrial, and residential uses have all developed more or less peacefully (at least in terms of access to water). This usually meant a laissez-faire approach to...
Uncertainty in taxation policy lies ahead for Canadian taxpayers. The financial impact of COVID-19 combined with the recent fiscal budgets has resulted in historic levels of government spending. The federal debt has doubled from $619.3 billion in 2015-16 to...
The headlines about PFAS are everywhere from agricultural news websites to Good Morning America. But what should farmers and rural landowners be worried about when it comes to PFAS? From a real property standpoint, the biggest potential PFAS problem facing...
New farm equipment sales are projected to be softer into 2024, as higher interest rates, elevated equipment prices and a decline in commodity prices impact purchasing decisions. However, the farm equipment fleet is showing signs of aging. This is...
In the dairy industry, milk dominates our revenue stream, constituting a substantial portion of our income. We often focus on key aspects of this primary income source, including total milk production per cow, marketing strategies for milk, basis received...