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.
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?!