My 200-cow dairy farm is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in a corner of the state that borders Canada on two sides.  If my farm would have been just 10 miles to the east or the north in Canada, I’d be living in a different world.

For nearly three consecutive...

Since starting my new position at Wisconsin Farmers Union, the Dairy crisis has been at the front of my mind. That’s not surprising. Each day brings another story about dairy farmers going bankrupt, getting a 30-day termination notice, or opening a milk check that won’...

As many of you likely know, the dairy industry, and specifically dairy farmers are not in a good place.  Many farmers are going into the fourth year of red ink. According to DATCP license records, we’ve lost over 500 Wisconsin dairy farms per year, on average, since 20...

As dairy farmers, one of our top priorities is the health and well-being of our cows.  A bovine disease many farmers are familiar with is Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome (HBS), a complex condition described simply as a cow bleeding to death due to hemorrhaging in the lower...

“You don’t fill a room like this when things are going good on the farm,” Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden said quietly to me as we watched another wave of farmers flood into the conference room.

He was right. I hadn’t seen this many farmers turn out fo...

Forty years ago, you could count 39 dairy farms on the 20-mile route to the neighboring town. Of those farms, only three are left.

It’s not hard to understand why.  Dairy farmers were getting paid about the same price per hundred pounds of milk in 1978 as they are today...

The headline of a recent article in The Country Today newspaper pretty accurately summarized forecasts from the Ag Outlook Forum held recently in Madison. The big, bold print stated it point-blank: "Good News Hard to Find."

The overall theme of the forum? Farmers, espec...

Ever since Grassland Dairy issued their 30-day notice that they’d be dumping around 75 farms in the wake of a well-known and long understood decision by Canada to support their domestic dairy sector by discouraging imports of ultra-filtered milk from American processor...

When news broke this week of farmers being dropped from Grassland Dairy, it stirred within me a sadness for the farmers affected and frustration at the markets but also memories of the life I’d hoped to lead.

From the time I was a young girl, trailing Dad out to the bar...

This week, just shy of 100 Wisconsin dairy farmers who produce for Grassland were notified that they would need to find somewhere else to sell their milk. In her April 3rd article covering this story, Farm Journal's Anna-Lisa Laca wrote, "Imagine walking to the mailbox...

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