HD Notebook

10 Ways to Score on Scholarships

Wed, 11/30/2011

College can be expensive and preparing for this large investment begins long before you pay your first semester tuition.


Many agricultural businesses and organizations provide scholarships to deserving students. Some are based on academic merit, work experience, school activities, leadership roles, career aspirations, and, in some cases, financial need. We have prepared a list of 10 things to be mindful of when applying for scholarships (and for those writing letters on behalf of applicants). Many of our staff have served on scholarship committees and have seen several of these factors determine the final winners.

1. Keep on top of scholarship deadlines. Visit websites, read newspapers, look through newsletters for details on scholarships that are available. Read more

Where to go for Dairy Sire Summary Information

Tue, 11/29/2011

Sire summaries are released next week. A new group of genomic bulls will have their information published and older bulls will graduate to the ranks of daughter proven.

Both will vie for your semen-purchasing attention. Knowing where to access the information and how to interpret the data is important in your ability to use the data to its best advantage. Read more

Why cheese sales potential to China is mind-boggling

Mon, 11/28/2011

Average consumption is currently 3 ounces per year. In the U.S. it’s 32 pounds.

You’ve probably heard the phrase many times: “Anything times 1.34 billion is a very big number.”

It’s referring, of course, to the population of China. The point it makes is the gigantic sales potential that China represents for any product that scratches out even a tiny fraction of market share. Read more

Dairy producers: Make your concern known

Fri, 11/25/2011

December 1 marks the end of the comment period on the United States Department of Labor’s child labor regulation revisions.

”boyFor those of us who grew up on dairy farms, working alongside our family came naturally. What was once common practice, though, is being threatened.

As we noted in our blogs, Stop U.S. Labor Department from laying off our kids and Proposed child labor revisions impact family partnerships, too, the revisions that USDOL is proposing will have a significant impact on how we, as dairy farmers have operated and taught our children for generations. Read more

A different skinny on fat

Fri, 11/25/2011

Nonfat is a feeding fad that isn’t necessarily good for you.

Jack Sprat was trendy far ahead of his time, but he may have been wrong about his diet. Read more

Give thanks for food and farmers

Wed, 11/23/2011


Tomorrow is the day to educate family members about their food. You’ll have a captive audience and a full table.

New dairy fact-filled animated video launched today

Tue, 11/22/2011

A positive image and impact seen for dairy producers

“U.S. Dairy Farmers Care,” tells the story of dairy producers and their commitment to their animals, the environment, local communities, and consumers. While only three-minutes in length, it is packed with valuable figures to remind consumers (primarily non-agriculture) of the impact that dairy has on us. Read more

Say Cheese and Sustainability

Mon, 11/21/2011

Hilmar Cheese believes in a multifaceted approach to sustainability

”HilmarHilmar Cheese recently was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Corporate Communications category by the Central Valley (California) Public Relations Organization. The 50-foot-long exhibit at the plant’s visitor center in Hilmar, Calif., is colorful, interactive, and engages multiple senses. It educates children (ages 7 and older) and adults about milk, dairy in the diet, processing of cheese and whey, and the sustainability of the entire process. While an attractive display gives quality face-time to consumers, it is the story behind the exhibit wall that is the true award-winner. Hilmar has made a conscious effort to promote sustainability and execute it in its facility. Read more

Milk production, number of cows rose for October

Fri, 11/18/2011

In the Milk Production report released today by the USDA, milk production in the 23 major states is on the rise.

In the 23 major dairy states, milk production totals during October rolled in at 15.2 billion pounds. Compared to the same month in 2010, production was up 2.5 percent (0.4 billion pounds) from 14.8 billion pounds. Read more

Dairy case observations from Japan

Thu, 11/17/2011

Milk quality is high. Prices are crazy. Packages are tiny.

During a trip to Japan this month, visits to food markets were eye-opening. There were both similarities and differences to the United States. Read more

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