Tag Archives: Dairy Farmers
FOX Business News' Jeff Flock talks with Kylecrest Holsteins owners David and Laurie Kyle about the impact of corn prices on dairy farm costs.
David and Laurie Kyle discuss the increased input costs on their farms and the effect on dairy farms nationwide. They also talk about their struggle and innovation by sharing their creative solutions for increased efficiency and business diversification (their coffee shop business venture).
Dairy farmers Dennis and Jennifer Koolstra of Eastern Colorado.
Dennis and Jennifer Koolstra aren’t new to dairy farming. The couple own and operate a dairy farm on the plains of Eastern Colorado. But over the last several years, change is something the Koolstra’s have become more familiar with.
Dairy farmer LuAnn Troxel sprays cows with water to help keep them cool.
The Troxel’s display the resiliency that is common of most dairy farmers, noting that they will persevere. “We’ll get through this somehow. We’ve chosen to raise our family on a dairy farm. It’s a privilege to care for our animals and the land while producing high quality, nutritious and delicious dairy products for our family and the public,” LuAnn said.
On July 16th I was honored to be part of the Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century–an event that brought thought leaders throughout Arizona together to discuss the issue of improving children’s health and nutrition, especially during the summer months. Many of the speakers shared innovative and exciting ideas about how to connect more people to agriculture and fresh food. One such program is the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free, nutritious meals to any child between the ages of 1-18. Good nutrition is important over the summer; students receive the opportunity to continue developing physically and socially and can return to class ready to learn.
As a representative of dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, I had the opportunity to speak today at the “Future of Food” breakfast forum in Denver, on behalf of Western Dairy Association (WDA). The forum brought together local government, agricultural and educational leaders to have a deep discussion around the shared responsibility of the challenge of providing nutritious, affordable food to children in schools and to a growing population.
Dairy farmers are at the forefront of feeding America and nourishing each of our lives every day. I believe that dairy foods and the nutritional quality they provide is a pivotal part of the solution. The more we educate people, especially children, about how food begins on the farm, the more they will understand that dairy is a nutritious food group that farmers strive to produce with minimal impact on the environment. This education must start with our youth via farm to school programs, farm tours and nutrition education.
Earlier today, a partnership was announced among Feeding America, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and National Dairy Council (founded by dairy farmers) to help fight hunger in America and promote healthy food choices. Hear more about this partnership directly from Elaine Waxman of Feeding America and dairy farmer Ray Prock.
Dairy farmers want to help people understand where food comes from and the important role farmers play in helping to nourish healthy people with nutrient-rich dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt. They also understand that building stronger links to food and the farmers who produce it will help ensure a healthy future for the next generation. View this video to hear personal stories from farmers about their values and why they love what they do. Click on the full article for access to a virtual farm tour.
The McCarty Family Farm is located in Rexford, Kansas
Innovation. Progress. It’s part of our American spirit. It led our forefathers and it leads us today. Being in our nation’s capital for The Future of Food: Food Security in the 21st Century reminds me of that spirit. That drive. That determination to do better, go farther, and make a difference to meet the challenges that lie before us. At another event this week, 1,450 miles from Washington D.C. in the heart of Western Kansas, McCarty Family Farms and the Dannon Company made an announcement that demonstrates what innovation is all about.