Quality forage helping offset high input costs

A central Wisconsin dairy farmer says producing high quality forage is helping offset escalating input costs. Brad Kramer has a 200 cow operation near Pittsville where he also raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He tells Brownfield margins are getting tighter as milk prices go down and soybean meal prices go up. “The price of milk… Read more »

Half price milk

A Michigan dairy farmer says too much milk in the market is putting many dairy farmers in a pinch. Shortly after Michigan dairy farmer Carla Wardin and her husband Chris purchased their family’s farm the milk market was booming.  Wardin tells Brownfield seven years later – milk production is high and there isn’t always a place to… Read more »

Michigan needs more dairy processing

A lifelong dairy farmer says he’s seen a lot of changes in the industry but marketing milk and milk production have continued to stand out. “Production per cow has changed dramatically and that’s one of our problems today—production per cow is so high.” Velmar Green tells Brownfield his family’s farm has belonged to the Michigan… Read more »

Putting a spotlight on dairy at the Indianapolis 500

The Fastest Rookie award luncheon is one of two events that highlights the Indiana dairy industry during race week and on race day.  Deb Osza, general manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana says the drink of milk in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500 is a tradition that puts the dairy industry front and center. Osza… Read more »

Tough times need better dairy safety net

A Missouri dairy farmer says the dairy safety net is not helping farmers as intended, especially in the depressed ag economy. He’s National Milk Producers Federation Chairman Randy Mooney who told the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture he believes the Margin Protection Program is for the future, but it needs some improvements.  “For many… Read more »

Record organic sales despite supply struggles

The Organic Trade Association says U.S. organic sales hit a new record in 2015 even with supply chain gaps. The Association’s 2016 industry survey says the organic market saw the largest annual dollar gain, up over $4 billion in sales from the previous year. Total organic sales for 2015 were $43.3 billion, up 11 percent… Read more »

Michigan Milk turns 100

The Michigan Milk Producers Association says the cooperative was created exactly 100 years ago to unify dairy farmers searching for a more reliable and stable milk price. President Ken Nobis tells Brownfield the importance of a co-op remains true today.  “The challenge with organization and the challenge of pricing and the natural push back that you… Read more »

Milk production per cow has room for growth

A veterinarian says dairy cows are just on the cusp of their milk producing potential. Dr. Mark Fox with Thumb Area Veterinary Services has served the largest dairy area of Michigan for more than 30 years. He tells Brownfield a temperate climate, good forages, and access to water are all helping Michigan dairy cows lead… Read more »

Average farm worker makes $12.75/hour

The USDA says the average farm worker earned $12.75 per hour during April. That’s a four percent increase compared to the same week last year. Field workers during April earned an average of $12 per hour, up six percent. Livestock farm workers earned a penny more, a four percent increase from 2015.  The average work… Read more »

Minnesota dairy wins national sustainability award

A Minnesota dairy has been recognized with the 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award. Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery, a partnership between two generations of the Jennissen family of Brooten, were selected based on overall environmental effort, including a commitment to water quality. Alise Sjostrum is the daughter of Jerry and Linda Jennissen and operates the… Read more »