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Dairy Stream focuses on policy, sustainability, market trends, new technology and farmer involvement. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
 
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Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee County takes a holistic approach to sustainability focusing on no-till, cover crops, methane reduction and more. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Duane Ducat, owner of Deer Run Dairy, and Lauren Brey, managing director of Farmers for Sustainable Food about Deer Run Dairy being recognized as one of four Outstanding…
 
Encourage your community to discover dairy by joining the Adopt a Cow program for free! Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Karen Doster, director of youth and school programs at Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, and Heather Jauquet, dairy farmer at Synergy Dairy. They discuss the logistics of the program, commitment of the farms involved and curric…
 
With lingering memories of record-large milk check deductions, seemingly every group tied to dairy is now exploring options for milk pricing reform. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Mitch Davis of Davis Family Dairies, a member of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative’s board of directors who served on a multi-state task force about milk pricing re…
 
Is it time for a change or updates? Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Richard Franta, capital sales specialist at DeLaval, about where to start when considering automation, what systems provide the best ROI and how to prepare for your transition. Thank you to DeLaval for sponsoring this episode. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Busin…
 
We are providing our listeners with an additional episode to introduce Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative's milk pricing reform priorities. Hear from Tim Trotter, CEO of Edge; Mitch Davis of Davis Family Dairies; and economist Dr. Marin Bozic. View the full list of milk pricing reform priorities here. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business As…
 
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) continues to be a priority as farmers figure out how to monetize more sustainable farming practices and better integrate with the food supply chain. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Sam Miller, managing director of agriculture at BMO Harris Bank, about the future focus areas of the food value chai…
 
Discovery Farms has been gathering on-farm data for years. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Amber Radatz, agricultural water quality program manager for UW-Extension, about the past and current on-farm projects, key research findings and future trends. Thank you to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for sponsorship this episode. This podcast is co-…
 
Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Dr. Mitch Hockett, technical and sales service manager at STgenetics, about the impact genetics can have on a farm's future. They discuss crossbreeding programs, ROI and the future of dairy genetics. Thank you to STgenetics for sponsoring this episode. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Associ…
 
A data monitor system could take your farm operation to the next level. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Michael Goeldi, customer success team member at smaXtec, about data monitoring systems for cows, bolus technology, the role of artificial intelligence, improving management processes and saving money. Thank you to smaXtec for sponsoring …
 
Our final episode in the three-part series on Success in Succession Planning covers getting organized, financial consulting and legal support. In this episode, we talk with George Twohig, attorney at Twohig, Rietbrock, Schneider and Halback Law, and Gordon Speirs of Shiloh Dairy about the difference between estates plans, trust and wills, updating …
 
Tune in to our second episode in a three-part series on Success in Succession Planning covering getting organized, financial consulting and legal support. In this episode, we talk with Eric Gullicksrud, vice president of tax and accounting at Compeer Financial, and Kari Gribble of Tri-Fecta Farms about their experiences in succession planning, cash…
 
Succession planning is not an event; it needs to be a journey. Join Dairy Stream host Mike Austin in our Success in Succession Planning series covering getting organized, financial consulting and legal support. In this episode, we talk with Steve Bodart, senior dairy consultant with Compeer Financial, and Jamie Witcpalek of Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy …
 
What you prepare for today could save the future of your farm. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Casey Kinler, director of membership and marketing with the Animal Agriculture Alliance, about on-farm basic security measures, cybersecurity, a crisis communication plan and more. We tested Casey on farm security scenarios and what farmers shoul…
 
Understanding rumen microbes could play a role in accomplishing farm goals. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Dr. Brooke Anderson, microbiome scientist with Native Microbials, about how rumen microbes are analyzed, the role they can play in lowering feed costs and their potential for improving a farm’s environmental footprint. Thank you to N…
 
As requested by our listeners, we dove into the topic of milk classes, components and the impact it has on your milk check. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Dr. Chris Wolf, professor of applied economics and management at Cornell University, about understanding milk classes and components, how consumer trends and exports have impacted it an…
 
Farmers will be a key player in improving our climate. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Rick Clark, a 5th generation farmer from Williamsport, Indiana, about how farmers can reduce their carbon footprint by using conservation practices, how carbon should be measured and how to reduce input cost. He also offers advice on how to overcome chal…
 
Want to learn more about Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)? Dairy Stream host Mike Austin dissects this topic with Tim Baye, professor of business development, energy finance and state energy specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They define commonly used terms like carbon footprint, carbon intensity (CI), carbon labeling and more. The conve…
 
We want you to be prepared for the unexpected. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Mark Santas, president of Alongi Santas Moss Insurance Agency, about insurance policies for buildings and machinery. Santas goes in-depth about a range of topics from weather damage, customer operator coverage and what should be on your checklist. Thank you to H…
 
According to the USDA, feed represents the largest variable input cost of production, accounting for 51 percent of total production costs. Farmers have felt the impact of rising feed costs. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Jocelyn Johnson, a research scientist at STgenetics, about the actual feed saved, environmental impact, potential chall…
 
GoodSport™ launched a sports drink that is 97 percent dairy and it aims to compete nationally against leading brands. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Michelle McBride, founder & CEO of GoodSport Nutrition, and KJ Burrington, formerly retired coordinator of dairy ingredient, cultured products and beverages at the Center for Dairy Research, …
 
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 could create a year-round variant of the H-2A visa program for workers in livestock agriculture. This would be important for dairy farmers, who don’t have a year-round visa option now. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Brandon Davis, attorney at Phelps in New Orleans, Louisiana, about the requirem…
 
Online grocery shopping has been on the rise and COVID-19 has accelerated that trend. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Paul Zieminsky, executive vice president of global innovation partnerships and Beau Hayden, vice president of insights: sales & trust at Dairy Management Inc., about dairy's relationship with Amazon Fresh and the future of …
 
Dairy Stream dissects a first-of-its-kind framework that outlines a project-based approach to developing a farm-level sustainability project. Our host, Mike Austin, talks with Lauren Brey, managing director of Farmer for Sustainable Food, and Doug Thomas, senior project manager at Houston Engineering, the experts behind the national award-winning f…
 
Are you prepared to be a farmer of the future? Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Sam Miller, managing director of agriculture at BMO Harris Bank, about inflationary pressures and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing targets farmers should have on their radar. Thank you to BMO Harris Bank for sponsoring this episode. This podc…
 
Heat stress in animal productivity has cost the U.S. beef and dairy industries an estimated $1.2 billion every year. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Tim Thompson, senior dairy specialist at Provimi, about implementing proper air movement, hydration and feed ration into a heat stress program. Thank you to Provimi, for sponsoring this podcas…
 
The manure from dairy farms and their digesters are poised to play a big role in the future of renewable energy. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Brian Dolski, chief financial officer at Pagel’s Family Businesses, and Greg Steele, senior dairy lending specialist at Compeer Financial about the business structure, common challenges and econom…
 
Manure can be complex for farmers, but with proper management the benefits can be profitable. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Dr. Jamie Patton, soil scientist with the nutrient and pest management program at UW-Madison, on understanding the basic terms associated with manure, new technologies and techniques, steps to better manure manageme…
 
As requested from our listeners, Dairy Stream dove into the topic of Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs) and Producer Price Differentials (PPDs). Mike Austin talks with Dr. Marin Bozic, assistant professor in dairy foods marketing economics at the University of Minnesota, about the usefulness of FMMOs, the causes of negative PPDs and how to solve…
 
Cheeselandia is bringing together cheese enthusiasts that have a love for Wisconsin cheese. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Suzanne Fanning, senior vice president of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and chief marketing officer of Wisconsin Cheese to discuss the members of Cheeselandia, how cheese processors are involved and how a dairy farmer ca…
 
Women are getting more involved in the dairy community and are finding themselves in leadership roles more often. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin spoke with three accomplished women about the value of leadership and advice they had for other women to get involved. Amy Penterman of Dutch Dairy, Heidi Fischer of Fischer-Clark Dairy Farm and Jamie Witcp…
 
It was an honor to host the voice of agriculture. Dairy Stream's Mike Austin talks with farm broadcast legend Orion Samuelson about his over 60 years of broadcasting experience. Orion shares his favorite stories, gives advice, reminiscences on memories and shares future plans. Thank you to Cargill for sponsoring this podcast. This podcast is co-pro…
 
Science is showing that farmers across Wisconsin have been improving soil health and water quality through their involvement in a growing number of farmer-led watershed conservation groups. With its latest data in hand, the Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance (LASA) in southwestern Wisconsin shares the secrets of its success. Dairy Stream host Mike A…
 
Twin Birch Dairy in Skaneateles, New York, in the Owasco watershed did a study that found the water exiting the farm was actually cleaner than the water entering the farm. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Dirk Young, owner of Twin Birch Dairy, and Peter Rogers, board member of the Owasco Watershed Lake Association, about the study, sustaina…
 
The Dairy Business Association has kept a close eye on the election and what the results might mean for the dairy community going into 2021. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with John Holevoet, DBA's director of government affairs, about the dairy-friendly candidate endorsement process, changes in the Senate and Assembly and opportunities ahead.…
 
Leprino Foods Co. in Greeley, Colorado, one of the winners of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award, approaches sustainability in a variety of ways, from natural gas turbines, a wastewater treatment system, LED lights and more. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with the associate director of environment and global responsibility, Adam Wylie, about …
 
If you are confused about what’s on your milk check, you’re not alone. Our listeners have requested we cover this topic. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Mike North, principal at Ever. Ag, about the areas to focus on a milk check; premiums, components, producer price differentials (PPDs) and more. Thank you to Agri-King for sponsoring this …
 
Cover crops are making a difference to improve soil health and water quality. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Jim Isermann, Illinois and Wisconsin field manager of the Soil Health Partnership, and Ken Rosenow, owner of Cedar Home Farms about the cover crop benefits, recommendations for beginners, challenges and more. Thanks to The Nature C…
 
Farmers in the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership are getting a premium on their milk check for implementing sustainability practices. Dairy Steam host Mike Austin talks to Lindsay Reames, director of sustainability and external relations for the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, and Jenna Mitchell, Pennsylvania state dir…
 
An exciting research project recently launched through the Dairy Innovation Hub analyzes the costs and benefits of manure management regulations for dairy farm economic viability and soil and water sustainability. The goal of this project is to analyze how and under what circumstances manure regulations improves water quality. Dairy Stream host Mik…
 
One of the 2020 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners is proof that organizations from different sectors can work together to improve complex sustainability challenges. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Ryan Flaherty, director of business partnerships at Sustainable Conservation, Richie Mayo, farm manager at De Jager Farms and Domonic Ross…
 
Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman, Oregon, one of the winners of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award, approaches sustainability in a variety of ways, from a closed-loop system, a methane digester that produces renewable natural gas, feeding produce byproducts and more. They also had a lot of success with their internship program. Dairy Stream host…
 
Based on recommendations from a water quality task force, the Wisconsin state Assembly in February 2020 passed a $10 million package of bills aimed at curbing water contamination, increasing well testing and bolstering conservation efforts. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Reps. Todd Novak and Katrina Shankland, who led the task force, abou…
 
COVID-19 has impacted the dairy customer of the future and normalized online grocery shopping. Dairy continues to be in the cart. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Chad Vincent, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, about their marketing strategy towards customers, restaurants and grocery stores, advice for the dairy community to engage with th…
 
Confused by Producer Price Differentials (PPDs)? Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talked with Mark Stephenson, who is the director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about the Federal Milk Marketing Order, Producer Price Differentials (PPDs) and what they are and how they are calculated, what causes a negative PPD, the fl…
 
Farmer-led conservation groups have been growing in popularity as a way for farmers to expand conservation practices and document their progress in water quality and soil health. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Rachel Rushmann, Producer-led Program manager at Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Steve Richter…
 
Fewer lawmakers today have a farming background even though agriculture remains an all-important part of our communities and country. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Wisconsin state Senator Howard Marklein and state Representative Dave Considine about their experiences on the farm and now at the Capitol. They encourage farmers to make thei…
 
Like other owners of essential businesses, dairy farmers are taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their employees are healthy and safe. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Wisconsin dairy farmer Amy Penterman and dairy consultant Elsie Gonzalez about on-farm communication, safety and resources to help navigate this u…
 
As executive director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, Sandy Chalmers is in the thick of helping farmers apply for direct payments through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Chalmers talks with Dairy Stream host Mike Austin about dairy farm eligibility requirements, how livestock and crops figure into the formulas, and the…
 
Global markets have played an increasingly important role in the price our dairy farmers are paid for their milk. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, about the work of his organization, the importance of trade relationships and how dairy exports have fared during the global healt…
 
The Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin, one of the nation’s premiere dairy research centers, plays an integral role in keeping the dairy economy healthy and dairy customers happy. This work hasn’t stopped during COVID-19. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with the center’s director, John Lucey, about the latest innovations a…
 
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