HD Notebook

$39 milk in January?

Fri, 10/12/2012

USDA Secretary is worried that a dysfunctional Congress might actually let it happen.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Tick… tick… tick.

Time is running out fast on what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (pictured here) thinks would be a Medusa-headed disaster for U.S. milk producers if a new farm bill is not passed this year. Read more

Dairy Challenge aims to expand its impact

Thu, 10/11/2012

Academy will double the programs reach.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

Going toe-to-toe with Amanda Smith

Wed, 10/10/2012

For the first time, we played “Are you smarter than a Hoard’s Dairyman editor?” at World Dairy Expo. Watch the video below, but here are other tips to sharpen your dairy mind.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

When was chocolate milk invented?

Which state had the fewest dairy farms in 2010? Read more

Hutjens shares strategies to handle feed inventories

Tue, 10/09/2012

Plan now for 2013.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman, Online Media Manager Read more

Would a federal order pay higher milk prices?

Fri, 09/28/2012

Tough times push California dairy producers to revisit an old question.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

It is a question that has prompted industry-wide information meetings in the past and it prompted another one last week in Tulare. Interest tends to surface during awful financial times, so it’s no wonder the question has come up again now. Read more

Harvesting dairy quality hay comes at a cost

Thu, 09/27/2012

Before you take a fall alfalfa cutting evaluate if it’s economically sound to do so.

by Amanda Smith, Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor Read more

A vital earpiece

Wed, 09/26/2012

Do you need a smartphone? Nope. Could your farm afford one? Probably.

by Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

On the farm, the need for a smartphone depends on the user. But I could make the case that each farm could have one if they wanted. Your extra costs are about $100 initially (over two years) for the phone, plus about $40 worth of extra data fees per month assuming you already have a cellphone. That equates to what we’ll call $1,100 over two years once you add insurance, a case and a car charger. Can you get $1.45 per day paid back on the farm? Let’s try.


Time is the big benefit Read more

The real-world experience of an internship

Tue, 09/25/2012

Hoard’s Dairyman editorial internship application due October 19

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager Read more

Farm bill shelved until November

Mon, 09/24/2012

The House of Representatives took no action on the farm bill in September. What does it mean for dairy?

by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman Assistant Managing Editor

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Legal backlash to a derogatory food nickname

Fri, 09/21/2012

Beef processor files $1.2 billion suit against American Broadcasting Companies.

by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

The terms are all too familiar for those in animal agriculture: “growth hormone,” “mad cow disease” and “factory farm.” Read more

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