Your Farm

In October, Dairy Farmers of America hosted another in a series of conference calls aimed at providing members information on their rights and obligations under the law in regard to various farm labor regulations. This call addressed the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which permits some young immigrants brought to the country as minors by their parents to apply for protection from deportation, along with permission to work. This program was announced by President Barack...

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One family's decision to expand in 2009 pays off

Although Paul and Cindy Heins of Heins Family Farms in Higginsville, Mo., saw the passion their son Chris had for the family farm while growing up, they encouraged him to step away to see what else was out there.

“We told him, ‘Only come back to the farm if you really want to,’” Cindy says. “We never wanted to pressure any of our children into coming back.”

While attending Concordia University, Nebraska (CUNE) in Seward, Neb., to...

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Weather is unpredictable

Rob Wonderlich has come to expect it, but expectations don’t make it easier. It’s the third straight year his operation in Ollie, Iowa, has felt the extreme conditions of nature’s wrath.

He’s refigured the farm’s finances countless times to stick it out, but with his once sharpened pencil now dull, next year is questionable.

It’s a similar situation for Billy Lasater as the summer’s severe drought, which gripped two-thirds of the United States by July,...

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Dairy Farmers of America’s Gold Standard Dairy Program began in 2007 and ensures that all dairies that participate in the program utilize the industry’s best practices in animal care and well-being, environmental stewardship, herd heath, milk quality and farm labor. In each issue of the Leader, we highlight one of these areas.

Proper nutrition plays an important role in dairy cows’ health and milk production. As the drought continues to impact feed costs, producers and nutritionists...

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