HD Notebook

Where do I find more information about the Farm Bill?

Wed, 06/29/2011

The Farm Bill needs help. It needs help from both political parties and all regions of our country. But don’t panic, this happens quite often – every 5 years or so, in fact.

The Farm Bill is said to be our country’s contract with our food producers and food consumers. Every person has his or her own definition of what the Farm Bill should or should not be. But we’ll take a look at where to find more information on previous Farm Bills, and next week I’ll examine who will be at the table for the 2012 (or 2013, or 2014…) Farm Bill.

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Holstein USA honors three

Tue, 06/28/2011

Last week, I attended the National Holstein Convention in Virginia, and so did over 1,000 Holstein enthusiasts from across the United States. The four-day event was full of meetings, tours, junior competitions, a national sale, and fellowship. Read more

Join the dairy policy debate

Mon, 06/27/2011

The Foundation for the Future (FFTF) is the most researched and, hence, most debated dairy policy plan being proposed to reform the nation’s dairy policy. While other ideas and proposals exist, FFTF has been scored by Congressional Budget Office and is being prepared for legislation. Read more

Building for the future

Fri, 06/24/2011

On a recent trip to Minnesota, I visited several farms that were in the process of bringing the next generation into the family business or contemplating starting the process. The farms varied greatly in cow numbers (100 to 1,500 cows), philosophy, and facilities, but they all shared one common goal. Read more

Half-Marathon participants prefer chocolate milk, too

Thu, 06/23/2011

This past weekend, Fort Atkinson Wis., the home of Hoard’s Dairyman, hosted the second annual Fort Atkinson Half-Marathon, with over 500 participants.
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The chocolate milk talk just won’t die

Wed, 06/22/2011

We’ve talked about it before (see our blog, Wars we wage in dairy and agriculture and our editorial from the June 2011 issue, Keep chocolate milk in schools), but, like heat in the summer, the issue of what to do about chocolate milk just won’t go away. Read more

Dairying Down Under: Tasmania’s Dairy Industry

Tue, 06/21/2011

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FFA kicks off its annual Washington Leadership Conference

Mon, 06/20/2011

The FFA is one of the nation’s premier youth organizations and agriculture is blessed to have the organization training future leaders in our industry. The Washington Leadership Conference, one of the FFA's cornerstone programs, kicked off its annual series earlier this month. Read more

We cannot ignore immigration reform

Sat, 06/18/2011

The arrest of several undocumented workers at a Colorado dairy farm almost two weeks ago and similar events in recent years has brought the issue of labor to the forefront in the dairy industry. Politicians have also been paying attention to the issue of undocumented workers and immigration reform, and related legislation is being pushed in many states including Arizona, Utah, and Georgia. Read more

Temperatures rising; so are milk prices

Fri, 06/17/2011

Summer starts next week, but milk prices are already sizzling… much to our continued pleasant surprise.

Throughout January, February, and March we watched with some dismay as Class III price futures jumped at the CME for virtually all months during 2011, projecting out to an annual average in the low-$16-per-hundredweight range in mid-January. Read more

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