Dairy Strong News

Latino farm employees share their perspective

MADISON, Wis.(Jan. 19, 2017) – Just as Western European immigrants came to the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries, today’s Latino immigrants come from a variety of backgrounds and for many different reasons.

What unites them is the goal of a better life — a message shared during a panel discussion with Latino farm employees at Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward.

The dairy community relies heavily on Latino employees so it is vital that farmers understand their perspective and recognize their differences, said Cody Heller of Central Wisconsin Ag Services, who moderated the discussion.

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Latinos influence on U.S. food, agriculture grows

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2017) –  Dairy farmers, processors and food companies looking for a ripe market would be wise to consider Latinos, key observers say, because food plays a central role in the culture and the population is expanding rapidly.

“Hispanics are an economic engine. One out of every four babies born in the United States right now is of Latino descent,” said Jose Castro, manager of insights and strategy for Univision Communications Inc. “That right there tells you a lot about their growth.”

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Dairy Strong 2017 focuses on future, sustainable growth

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 25, 2017) –  Dairy farmers and agricultural professionals cast their eyes on the future and sustainable growth at Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward, a conference meant to challenge and inspire participants.

More than 700 people from across the country listened to speakers, engaged in panel discussions and explored educational programs that focused on a wide range of issues in the dairy community, honing in on challenges and opportunities. The third annual event was held Jan. 18-19 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

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Peninsula Pride shows how farmer-led conservation efforts can work

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2017) – While attending the Dairy Strong conference in January 2016, Don Niles never imagined sitting on the stage one year later talking about the successful launch and early success of a farmer-led conservation group in Kewaunee and southern Door counties.

“Peninsula Pride (Farms) all got started here. I was hearing what Yahara Pride Farms was doing and started talking with some people and, with help from the Dairy Business Association, it just blossomed from there,” Niles, president of Peninsula Pride Farms, told an audience at Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward on Jan. 19 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

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Uldrich: Dairy farmers need to ‘future-proof’ their farms

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Farmers need to be ready for emerging technologies that will transform their industry in the years to come, futurist Jack Uldrich told hundreds of farmers and others in the dairy community attending the annual Dairy Strong conference.

“You need to future-proof your business and be aware of the extraordinary change that will be happening before your eyes,” said Uldrich, best-selling author of “Jump the Curve” and other books. “You may think some of this stuff is a long way off, but it will be here closer than you think.”

Uldrich was a keynote presenter at the conference, Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward, which was held Jan. 18-19 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

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Jeff Endres receives Dairy Business Association’s Advocacy Award

MADISON, Wis.(Jan. 19, 2017) – The state’s dairy community honored a Waunakee farmer for his work in helping to build a successful family dairy and an innovative environmental stewardship program.
The Dairy Business Association’s Advocacy Award was given to Jeff Endres, a co-owner of Endres Berryridge Farms LLC, on Jan. 18 during the organization’s Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward conference at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

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Lee Nerison receives Dairy Business Association’s Legislator of the Year Award

MADISON, Wis.(Jan. 19, 2017) – State Rep. Lee Nerison, R-Westby, has received the Dairy Business Association’s Legislator of the Year Award for his strong support of the state’s dairy community.

The award was presented Jan. 18 during the DBA’s annual conference, Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

Nerison, who has represented residents in District 96 in southwestern Wisconsin since 2004, is chairman of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.

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Kleefisch pledges support to Wisconsin dairy community

MADISON, Wis.(Jan. 19, 2017) – If Wisconsin is to remain known for dairy farming and food, state government must provide farmers with tools for success, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch told hundreds of farmers and others today at a dairy conference.

“If we declare to the world that we’re the Dairy State, we need to do everything we can to support our dairy industry,” Kleefisch said during an address at Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward, the annual conference of the Dairy Business Association, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

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Perino: Expect the unexpected during Trump years

MADISON, Wis.(Jan. 18, 2017) – Political commentator and author Dana Perino might not know exactly what to expect in U.S. politics during the next four years, but she is certain of this: It’s going to be wild ride.

“Embrace the chaos because that’s what you’re going to get. Conventional wisdom was thrown out the window during the election and it’s not going to come back in now,” Perino told more than 600 people on Jan. 18 at Dairy Strong 2017: The Journey Forward at the Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center.

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