Over the past few decades, dairy farming has undergone significant transformations, driven by technological advancements and innovative management practices. Today’s young producers bring not only new methods but also a fresh perspective that is reshaping the industry. FarmFirst is fully committed to fostering opportunities for these young producers to enhance their skills as farm managers […]
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It is the start of a new year and many of us are doing what we can to put the past year in the rear-view mirror and are looking forward to what the new year might bring. I am reminded of a quote from Ray Wylie Hubbard, an old Texas singer and songwriter, whose music
“Up on the housetop, reindeer pause, out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots of toys, all for the little ones Christmas joys.” But then, as Santa is getting ready to put presents under the tree, something catches the Jolly Old Elf’s eye. A carton of lab-grown milk and a platter
I recently received a message through our FarmFirst Facebook page from a gentleman who simply wrote, “How do you help farmers?” I proceeded to write him back by explaining the services and policy advocacy that we provide to our members through our diverse cooperative. Later that day, I reflected on this a bit. It’s a
On September 12, I had the opportunity to testify on your behalf at USDA’s national Federal Milk Marketing Order Pricing Formula hearing being held in Carmel, Indiana. The hearing was called as the result of a petition submitted by the National Milk Producers Federation requesting changes to a number of provisions related to the milk
The arrival of Labor Day not only signifies the transition of the seasons from summer to fall, but also the beginning of another school year.In recent years, there has been a growing debate surrounding the nutritional food and beverage choices offered to students in schools. One particular aspect that has gotten increased attention is the
In the ever-changing world of dairy farming, we find ourselves in the midst of a perfect storm. We are under immense stress as we face a multitude of challenges that have seemed to come upon us all at once. From distressingly low milk prices due to oversupply, weak domestic and global demand, to drought conditions
FarmFirst continued our resilient advocacy in the best interests of U.S. dairy farmers, by recently by making your case on the issue of dairy labeling. In late June, we submitted detailed comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the FDA’s draft guidance document titled “Labeling of Plant-Based Milk Alternatives and Voluntary
June marks the beginning of summer, with warmer temperatures, more hours of daylight, kids home from school, and the smell of fresh cut hay. It is also a special time of year for the dairy industry, as we celebrate June Dairy Month. June Dairy Month was first established as National Milk Month in 1937 by
There was no shortage of critical agricultural issues to discuss at Cooperative Network’s Wisconsin Coop Day at the Capitol held on April 18.FarmFirst member Abby Swan from Westfield and I joined cooperative representatives from the dairy and farm supply sector, mutual insurance companies, health care, credit unions, and electricity generation to meet with legislative leaders.