I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 33.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 2/18/2018

“Maybe we’ll get it next year.” Dairy farmers out shopping

Dairy farmers depend on the price of milk to make a living. However, the price of milke has been dropping over the last year, and might continue doing so. This has put a lot of farmers in a tough spot, and budgets are getting tighter and stricter. It’s even caused some farmers to go out of business. I make a motion that we all buy an extra gallon of milk and buy double what the yogurt special is in store.

“I just wanna lose 3 pounds.” Me

Regina George would love all of the low calorie ice cream options that are out there today. Right now, Halo Top rules the market with their low calorie/low sugar/high protein options. However, Ben and Jerry are developing a rival product. Moo-phoria is going to be about 100 calories less than the average Halo Top product… perfect for anyone who is looking to lose 3 pounds. Apparently, it’s coming to stores near you, soon.

“Kids are the future. Our future.” Adventure Capital and Land O’Lakes

Adventure Capital (AdCap) and Land O’Lakes put on the 2018 Fuel Up! Innovation Challenge. This challenge brought out 68 Wisconsin and Minnesota students. They learned about entrepreneurship and careers in agriculture, and how they could have a future in the industry. The students presented ideas on how they can better promote agriculture to their classmates and peers, and the best ideas were named winner. Winners were given money so that they could bring their ideas to life… pretty sweet. After all was said and done, about $110,000 was given to these students and the program.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 32.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 2/11/2018

“Hey hey hey… goooooodbye!” HSUS to officials accused of baaaad stuff

You may have seen some HSUS (aka the Humane Society) under some pretty serious heat these last few weeks. Sexual harrassment, misconduct and assault has been (unfortunately) a common theme in the news, and HSUS has taken the spotlight. The now former VP of HSUS Paul Shapiro is gone-zo because of several allegations brought against him. Next up? CEO Wayne Pacelle is under investigation. Cherry on top? This isn’t new to HSUS – Arthur Benjamin, former HSUS-National Council member, has already faced four separate accusations. The proper reaction to all of this is “Ew” and #TimesUpHSUS.

“If you care about the poor, you should care about agriculture.” Bill Gates preachin’

“If you care about the poor, you should care about agriculture. And if you care about agriculture, you care about livestock.” Bill Gates told this to an audience at the University of Edinburgh. Gates is investing a casual $40 million that will go towards “projects to develop livestock vaccines and make them accessible to the poorest small-scale farmers across Africa and South Asia through the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines, a public-private partnership based in Edinburgh.” More deets are shared in this article. We have to figure out how to feed 9 billion people in 2050, and that’s a big deal – Bill Gates seems to get it.

“I know it’s you, Betty.” Farmers using a new face recognition technology on cows 

Facial recognition is making it’s big debut in dairy world. Cargill recently publicized their partnership with a company based in Dublin, Ireland called Cainthus. Like you and I, each cow has unique features which this technology can distinguish and then use to track each animal. David Hunt, president and co-founder of Cainthus said “When you install our technology, you go from cows reacting to what you’re doing, to you reacting to the needs of your animals.” Sounds like it has the potential to be a game changer for dairy farmers. Time will tell.

Picture of the week. 

This is Matt Henkes teaching Leigh to milk at Henkeseen Holsteins in Luana, IA. How. Friggin. Awesome?!

matt teaching kid how to milk

 

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 31.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 1/28/2018.

“Thanks for the help!” Wisconsin dairy farming family

Earlier this month, the Dettmann family in Wisconsin had to deal with something not so fun. Their parlor (where the cows get milked) caught on fire. Attached to the parlor was the freestall barn, which is where their 500 cows ‘lived’ most of the time. So they could focus on rebuilding their new parlor post fire, two neighbor farms are working together to lend a hand and tare taking care of the Dettmann’s animals until they’re able to milk them at their own farm. Good deed of their year – check.

“Ready for your close up?” The director of Holstein America 

RFD-TV has a brand new show starting February 8, 2018 called Holstein America. This show will be put on on by Holstein Association USA and is showcasing dairy farmers from across the country and the work they do. Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer was quoted in this article saying “The Holstein breed’s story is among the most successful in U.S. agriculture — and it’s written by generations of passionate dairy producers. We’re honored to introduce these individuals and families in the Holstein America series.” Start planning your viewing party today.

**Holsteins are the black and white dairy cows. AKA the best ones (or my personal favorite, at least). 

“Only if it tastes good.” People buying yogurt.

Personally, I buy whatever yogurt has the coolest packaging. Apparently, everyone else is buying whatever they believe tastes the best… weird. According to this report, flavor was ranked as ‘most important’ by grocery shoppers. Berry and vanilla came out on top as consumer favorites, while spicy yogurts didn’t get quite as much love. I guess not everyone is a fan of the mexican chocolate flavor noosa makes…

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 30.

Stuff  I read about this week that you should care about 1/15/2018. 

“We love the ‘zzzaaa.” Americans

Pizza is loved by many. Especially Americans. Like.. we really love it. National dairy publication Hoard’s Dairyman sent out a statistic that said the average family consumes about 30 pizzas a year. They did the big math for us – that means collectively, we’re eating 3 billion pizzas across the U.S. Who run the world? Pizza.

“Cheers!” Clinking glasses on #NationalMilkDay

January 11th was #NationalMilkDay and the dairy industry celebrated. If you go on social media, check out some of the great posts and blogs that dairy farmers put up. You might find a few reasons why dairy enthusiasts say you should be drinking milk, too.

“Farm strong.” Farm groups taking a stand against our opioid epidemic

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) have joined forces and launched a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong.” The goal is to raise awareness of the opioid crisis’ impact on farming communities. Leaders from the organizations commented in a press release sent from AFBF:

“Farm country has been hit hard by the opioid crisis – even harder than rural America as a whole, or big cities. It’s going to take everyone working together to combat this crisis to make a difference. That’s why Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union are teaming up to show unity on this issue and encourage farm families to help their neighbors. If you or a family member has been affected by opioid addiction, it’s important to talk about it so that others will know they are not fighting this alone.” AFBF President Zippy Duvall

“Opioid addiction-along with all of its consequences-is a silent, but very real, crisis for our farming communities. The lack of services, treatment and support exacerbates the issue in rural areas, and the negative stigma associated with addiction makes it hard for farmers to discuss the problem. Too often, those struggling with addiction and their family members don’t seek the support they need. Through the Farm Town Strong campaign, we’re tackling this crisis head-on by encouraging more dialogue, more information sharing, and more farmer-to-farmer engagement.” NFU President Roger Johnson

Picture of the week. 

Joel Smith of Pennsylvania captured these snuggle buddies in action.

joel smit cow and cat

 

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 29.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 1/7/2018

Welcome to 2018, friends. I’d like to start the year off on a lighter note. Here is a video with good cow jokes, full of cheesey puns.. you never know when you might need one. Here’s a few teasers…

What did the cow say to her calf? It’s pasture bed time.

What do you call a sleeping bull? a bull-dozer.

Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side!

“It’s cold. Really cold.” Everyone. 

Unless you’re one of the few lucky ones somewhere above 20 degrees, you’ll know that it’s freaking freezing outside. And, it’s not exactly the most glamorous conditions to be a dairy farmer. Sweet Farm in Vermont shared their story here. It’s a good story that shows how much time and care dairy farmers put into their jobs and taking care of their animals. And, there’s a cute picture of a calf in a blanket, which is keeping the calf warm. Dawh.

“Nomz.” Me pouring coffee over ice cream

There’s a new magazine in town. Half and Half Magazine is put on by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a milk marketing cooperative. AKA they’re one of the people helping dairy farmers sell milk. Now, Half and Half is “a food magazine celebrating dairy and those who make it.” Check it out.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 28.

New year, new moos. 2018 resolution idea: You should care about this stuff, because you eat food. 

“New year, still eating cheese.” Me

There have been fads over the years saying that cheese ‘makes you fat.’ However, there’s some research out there that says ‘not so fast.’ You can find this 200,0000 participate study in the European Journal of Nutrition, where it’s called “Cheese consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Those conducting the study found  an inverse relationship between cheese consumption and the total risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, stating “We found that high, compared with low, cheese consumption was significantly associated with 10 to 14% lower risk of CVD and its subgroups.” Basically, what they’re saying is that cheese in moderation is good for you. To which I say… does that include beer cheese dip?

“I’m one in a million.” Dairy employees

The dairy industry employees 1 million people in the US… that’s 1 million people working together to produce a product that feeds the world. Former US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (now CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council) stated that the employment of those 1 million Americans has a $206 billion economic impact on the U.S. economy. Boom.

“Fake news.” Pointing fingers at HSUS

HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) is an organization built on animal well-being, but doesn’t have a track record of always being honest in their fear-based marketing. Recently, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for “orchestrating a deceptive advertising campaign.” What did they do? Apparently, HSUS said that 19% of their profits go towards advertising. CCF saw that number and presented a rebuttal,

“However, HSUS’ Form 990 tax return for 2016, its most recent filing, shows the organization spends at least 29% of its budget on fundraising,” the release said. “Factoring in joint cost expenditures that are allocated to management or program spending, the total fundraising number rises to 52%. (Charities may classify portions of fundraising appeals as “educational” expenses to seem more efficient with donations.)”

You can read the full complaint from CCF here.

Picture of the week 

Our youngest calf at our home farm is a Red and White Holstein (that’s the breed of dairy cow she is). How stinking gorgeous is she?!

red calf

 

 

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 27.

Stuff that I read about this week that you should care about 12/17/2017

“Cereal works for every meal.” Me, and NYC

Everyone loves a good bowl of cereal. So much so, that Kellogg is re-opening a cereal cafe. A cafe, dedicated to cereal. In NYC. They tried this once in Times Square, which shut down in August. The new location is 5,000 sq. ft., and has a fro-yo feel set up with a DIY cereal bar, including 30 toppings for your choosing. Lauren Conrad also has a few special recipes on the menu. Laguna Beach and The Hills lovers, rejoice!

“Cheese would help..” Hurricane victims

Hurricanes have hit our country hard this year. Wisconsin is lifting the spirits of those affected… with 45,000 pounds of cheese. Members of the Wisconsin dairy industry have come together to help victims in of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which struck Texas and Florida by donating dairy products. Check out this video to see more about the good deed.

“Move over chocolate.” Cheese

If it came down to it, our friends in the UK would choose cheese over chocolate. It’s true – research group Mintel did a deep dive into it, sharing the dirty details and stats in this article. Sounds like cheddar is a running favorite among those interviewed.

“Fist bump!” The ocean

Cavitation is when low pressure in a liquid produces a bubble that rapidly collapses, and heats up to 20,000 Kelvin — hotter than the sun’s surface. This usually releases a flash of light called sonoluminescence, which physicists still don’t understand. Some physicists even theorize that cavitation bubbles could get hot enough to power nuclear fusion.”

Sounds aggressive, right? Well it is. Aggressive enough that scientists are looking into the “ocean’s most powerful punch” and how we can utilize the energy it causes. You can read this article about how cavitation is being used in making beer, yogurt and other familiar things.

Picture of the week. 

Norman Borlaug, Minnesota native, is known as the “Father of the Green Revolution.” It’s said that his food innovations saved a looooot of people (try like.. a billion) from starvation. 47 years ago, he won the Nobel Peace Price for his research in hybridizing wheat to increase crop yields. Learn more about him here.

norman b

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 26.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 12/3/2017.

“Don’t tell mom.” Me skipping dinner for McDonalds

Apparently, even a vegan can’t resist  a good chicken nugget. A man in Australia was arrested for ‘abusing’ the workers at a McDonald’s restaurant where he attempted ordering 200 chicken nuggets, yelling “I want my f***ing nuggets,” even though he was a vegan. While that may be a crime to those who have sworn off meat, the real crime was that he was also drunk driving. This man’s BAC was 3x the legal limit. Woof.

 

“If you need help, ask.” 

Opioids have been an issue in many peoples lives, and has been dubbed a national problem. Many times, opioids are talked about in cities, but you don’t often hear about farmers in rural communities that are struggling. Farming is a stressful career – long hours, uncontrollable environmental factors, low prices for your product, often times working alone… statistics show this is affecting the men and women putting food on our tables. This Bloomberg article lays it out,

“Almost three-quarters of U.S. farmers and farm workers say they have been directly affected by opioid dependence, either from taking an illegal dose or dealing with a habit themselves, or by knowing someone who has used. That compares with about 45 percent for the rural population as a whole, according to a poll commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, the two biggest U.S. farmer groups.”

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, and offer the care and help that our farmers need. They take care of us every day they wake up and go to work, and we need to take care of them.

Picture of the week.

opioid stats

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 25.

Thanksgiving edition 11/26/2017. 

We have a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, freedom, plenty of food on the table… you name it. Have you ever thought about how lucky we are to have so many different dishes on the table? Not everyone has the privilege and luxury we do when it comes to food choice. You can thank farmers for that one. This week, I’m simply sharing an info-graphic with you that breaks down the most popular Thanksgiving dish ingredients by production. US Secretary of Agriculture shared this photo on his twitter page. If you check out his feed @SecretarySonny you’ll see a few pictures of his family and how they celebrate, putting a personal touch on one of our political leaders.

thanksgiving info graphic

Be thankful everyday, and don’t forget to give farmers a high five when you see them for all of the food you get to enjoy.

I’ve Got Moos For You. Vol 24.

Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 11/19/2017

“Who wants whipped cream on their pumpkin pie?” Mom splurging after saving money on Thanksgiving dinner.

Looks like we’re saving money this holiday season. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has projected that the cost per person at Thanksgiving dinner will be down around 1.5% from last year. This information is pulled from a consumer survey that the AFBF has been conducting since 1986. There are a lot of factors that impact the cost of Thanksgiving, like food, travel, lodging, etc. However, the big driver in prices going down is a lower turkey cost. For the first time since 2013, the wholesale price of turkey is below $1/pound. Sounds like we’ll have some extra money that we can put towards that Christmas credit card bill…

“Wanna talk politics over a chocolate milk?” Secretary Perdue at Kings Brother Dairy

The US Secretary of Ag, Sonny Perdue, has been making his way across the country, visiting with farmers and discussing what national and local challenges these businesses are facing. He recently visited King Brothers Dairy Farm in New York. Here, Secretary Perdue (along with Congress members Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford) talked on a number of issues with farmers, including taxes, trade, minimum wage, hemp and the future of farming. Perdue has been very hands on with agricultural issues since President Trump appointed him in April, 2017.

“I guess I’ll have to leave my house now..” Homebodies realizing food is cheaper in store than online

Apparently, some products cost more online than in an actual Walmart store. This Wall Street Journal article discusses how Walmart is “quietly” raising prices of certain products online (like Kraft Mac and Cheese) in an effort to “boost profits and drive store traffic as it competes with Amazon.com Inc.” So now the question is – how much higher does the price need to go before it’s worth putting pants on to buy the mac and cheese in-store instead of online, from the comfort of my couch?

What are you thankful for? 

This week, take the time to thank everyone around you. Including farmers. Everything good circles back to agriculture – food, shelter, your favorite holiday sweater… you name it. Farmers are working 24/7, 365 days a year for the things we all take for granted. I’d say that deserves a big old shout out this week (and every other week, too!)