HD Notebook

Who writes the Farm Bill?

Wed, 07/06/2011

One week ago Where do I find more information about the Farm Bill?we told you where to find historical information on the Farm Bill. This week we’ll delve into which parties get a hand at haggling over each line-item in America’s contract with its food providers and citizens. We’ll focus on dairy groups, but undoubtedly there are many more trying to take a bite out of the federal legislation. We’ll start with two of them here:

National Milk Producers Federation (nmpf.org)
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is based in Arlington, Va., and has been involved in national dairy policy since 1916. On its website, NMPF states that they develop policies that “… advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own.”
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Dairying Down Under: It’s a Friesian

Tue, 07/05/2011

“Wow, the Holsteins here are smaller than the ones back home!” I said while walking to work with a co-worker.

“You must be American. Those black and whites are Friesians, not Holsteins.” Read more

The State of Rural Veterinary Medicine

Sat, 07/02/2011

For many years, we have heard about the shortage of veterinarians willing to practice in the agricultural industry. Recruitment was stepped up, publicity grew in industry circles, and scholarship and loan forgiveness programs were started, all focusing on veterinary students interested in large-animal practice. Read more

Whew! That was a close one

Fri, 07/01/2011

Sanity flickered in Washington D.C. last week that greatly reduces the potential of an animal health catastrophe occurring in U.S. agriculture. It is, however, only the first step in a process that is far from over. Read more

New Zealand capitalizes on international dairy demand

Thu, 06/30/2011

New Zealand has followed a similar economic trend to its biggest customer, supplier, and investor, Australia, and it hasn’t been pretty. But New Zealand is now beginning to mimic Australia’s resource-driven strengths. Read more

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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