Back to School: Innovative Solutions Prove Dairy Is Essential to Students

By Julie Sweney, Director of Communications at FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Summer is officially in the rearview mirror, and teachers and kids are back in school. For some, the feeling of being back in the classroom is nearly electric – especially after the turbulent year that was 2020 thanks to COVID-19.As students take their seats and …

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September 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

Leadership Opportunities Await “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison Dairy farmers are no strangers to hard work. In fact, most people in the general population think of us hard workers, working long days in all sorts of weather, caring for our animals and …

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FarmFirst Approves of Latest Announcement for Dairy Farmers from the USDA

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative approves of USDA’s recent announcement regarding improvements to the Dairy Margin Coverage Program in addition to the news of the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program. The following is a statement by FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative President, John Rettler, dairy farmer, Neosho, WI: “FarmFirst applauds the recent announcement by the USDA to improve the …

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August 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

It was just over a year ago that Katie Ledecky did an unfathomable thing: balancing a glass of chocolate milk on top of her head while swimming the length of a pool – without spilling a single drop.Her feat became a viral video, at the time when the Olympics would have been taking place in …

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July 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

While you have been busy planting and now harvesting hay, your FarmFirst staff and our partners in Washington D.C. have also been busy working on your behalf on several legislative and regulatory issues. Below is a brief summary of just a few of the issues we’re working on.Federal Order Reform – Earlier this spring federal …

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FarmFirst Approves of Latest Pandemic Assistance Focused on Producers

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative approves of the additional aid that was announced today by Secretary Vilsack for agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The following is a statement by FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative President, John Rettler, dairy farmer, Neosho, WI: “FarmFirst appreciates USDA’s commitment to support agricultural producers and …

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June 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a tall, cold glass of milk. But when it comes to sports beverages, milk is typically not the first beverage that comes to mind. Individuals looking for the same nutritional punch that milk provides don’t have to look any further. GoodSport, the first-of-its-kind natural sports drink made from the …

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FarmFirst Applauds USMCA Dispute Settlement Case

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds the initiative that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has taken to proceed with a dispute proceeding over Canada’s administration of dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Canada continues to thwart their trade commitments as outlined in the USMCA. Industry leaders from USDEC and NMPF have continued to …

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FarmFirst Awards More Than $14,000 in Scholarships to Students

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is proud to award $14,250 in scholarships to 13 deserving individuals this year. Over the past nine years, FarmFirst has generously provided scholarships to 205 individuals, awarding more than $180,000. “Our scholarship program is one of many ways FarmFirst gives back to our members and their families,” says Jeff Lyon, General Manager …

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May 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

We learned a lot of things during the pandemic and for many of us it was the need for high-speed internet to conduct business, go to school, and to see and visit with family and friends. Improving rural broadband has been a topic of discussion for far too long among policymakers, but it was this …

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