FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Board Elects Officers

John Rettler of Neosho, Wis. was re-elected as president of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative at a recent FarmFirst board meeting following the cooperative’s ninth annual meeting, held virtually on February 12, 2021. Other officers re-elected were Steve Brock of Daggett, Mich. as vice-president, Kathy Bauer of Faribault, Minn. as secretary, and Wayne Gajewski of Athens, Wis. …

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FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Scholarships Available,
Due by March 31

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative scholarships for 2021 are once again available to membership youth pursuing a post-secondary education. The scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2021. “Education is a cornerstone in the foundation of this cooperative,” says John Rettler, president of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “The cooperative remains committed to supporting our membership youth and their future. …

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March 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, we sometimes forget to recognize the good work being done. This is particularly true when it comes to dairy farmers’ dedication to producing quality milk.Recently, Hoard’s Dairyman published an article titled, ‘U.S. Milk Supply Gets Safer Every Year.’ The article’s author, Hoard’s Managing Editor Corey Geiger, …

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FarmFirst Statement on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds the confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. “It is a welcoming sight to see the familiar face of Tom Vilsack returning to the helm of USDA. His prior experience serving as Secretary of Agriculture in addition to his leadership at the U.S. Dairy Export Council make him the ideal …

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A Message of Resiliency, Perseverance Received at FarmFirst Virtual Meeting

Resiliency and perseverance was the message that FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative President John Rettler delivered in his remarks to delegates during the cooperative’s virtual annual meeting held on Friday, February 12. “This past year, businesses closed their doors. Restaurants, bars, and schools closed to prevent the spread, but we still kept plugging away, keeping up on …

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FarmFirst Congratulates Senator Baldwin on Being Selected as Chair of Senate Ag Subcommittee

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative applauds the selection of Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) as Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. “Senator Baldwin has been a tireless advocate for rural America and dairy farmers in particular,” says Jeff Lyon, General Manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “As the lead author …

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February 2021 MilkLine Newsletter

A few weeks ago FarmFirst staff was asked by a dairy magazine writer “In a word, what’s the mood as 2021 gets under way?” Our response, “Uncertainty.”Uncertainty can be uncomfortable and challenging, yet these circumstances often lead us to grow the most. Uncertainty also challenges us to dig deeper for solutions when new issues arise, …

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FarmFirst Discusses 2021 Outlook and Price Protection During Dairy Risk Management Webinar

Dairy farmers joined FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative for a closer look at 2021 milk markets and explored dairy risk management options during the cooperative’s January 26th Dairy Risk Management webinar. Mark Stephenson, the director of dairy policy at UW-Madison, kicked off the webinar by sharing his outlook on the year ahead, while also addressing the turbulent …

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FarmFirst to Host Dairy Risk Management Webinar on Tuesday, January 26

FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is hosting a free dairy risk management webinar at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26. This free webinar event is open to all dairy farmers, regardless of cooperative membership. The hour-long webinar will feature University of Wisconsin–Madison dairy economist Mark Stephenson, who will provide a dairy pricing forecast for 2021, and Travis …

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Second Round of CFAP Payments Available Now

On September 18, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced information on the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments, which will provide additional aid to dairy farmers due to losses generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a producer whose operation has been impacted, you are likely eligible for this second round of direct support. USDA’s …

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