Your Farm

Eric and Amy Steenstra, and Eric’s father, John, operate Steenstra Dairy in Coopersville, Mich. Milking 180 cows, the family, along with four part-time and two full-time employees, also grows all of their own feed and focuses on cow comfort, nutrition and milk quality to maintain a successful, sustainable operation. In addition, Eric serves as an alternate on DFA’s Mideast Resolutions Committee.

2000

The year Eric built a new barn and milking facility.

“My family has been...

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In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, a comprehensive package of health care reform laws. Many provisions of this act are set to take effect in the next year or two, including some that will affect dairy producers who employ workers on their operations. Below, attorneys from the Rocky Mountain Employers Immigration Alliance answer some frequently asked questions about how these new laws will affect dairy producers. The Rocky Mountain Employers Immigration...

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Youth agricultural programs shape the next generation of America’s dairy producers

Dairy Farmers of America member Mike Fincham smiles wide thinking back to the days he said the 4-H pledge and sported his blue and gold FFA corduroy jacket. He credits his time in 4-H and FFA to helping nurture him into a leader both on and off the farm.

He and his wife, Kathleen, along with Mike’s parents, Don and Nancy Fincham, milk 150 Holstein cows on their family farm near Marysville, Kan....

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When veterinarian Sara Holloway went out in the field wearing rubber boots and coveralls, ready to collect blood and urine samples from cows during a job interview, she had no plans of entering the dairy industry — and no idea that Scott, the dairy farmer accompanying her, would eventually be her husband.

“The only dairy knowledge I had came from vet school and was mostly from a textbook,” Sara says. “I did know a lot about other food animals, but was never interested in being a...

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