December 2009 Blog Posts (14)

An old hand at 18

Katie Pinkowski is only 18, but she has been a dairywoman for years now. When she was five years old, she watched her older sister show dairy cows at a local fair and told her dad that she wanted to show next year. So Pinkowski got the next calf that was born, a heifer she named Mae.

Pinkowski now owns a herd of about 60 cows, heifers and calves that she keeps at her parents' dairy in Argyle, New York.

"Whenever I talk to people, and I say that I have that many animals, they're like,… Continue

Added by Alisa Anderson on December 31, 2009 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Looking back on Issue 2

I saw this article referenced on Twitter and wanted to check it out. It is a good representation of what can happen when producers and Agriculture join together and let their voice be heard. I also think we can't assume it's over. We need to keep going. Speak up, Speak often and show your pride. Be Proud to Dairy.

"Last December, hundreds of Ohio farmers representing all 88 counties met to vote on Ohio Farm Bureau’s policies for 2009.… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 31, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Like candy canes? Thank the state of Oregon.

"It's beginning look a lot like Christmas

Everywhere you go

Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again

With candy canes and silver lanes aglow."

What would the holiday season be without candy canes? Although its origin dates back more than 350 years, the candy cane we know and love today, white with red stripes, has been in the culture of Christmas since the early 1900s.… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on December 20, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Gingerbread Contest, Proud to Dairy style

Today was the Progressive Dairy Publishing office Christmas party. We had great food, played some games, watched CityBoy's 12 Days of Christmas, and exchanged presents via the famous "Steal-A-Gift" game. (If you're not familiar with the rules, see this Wikipedia post about… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on December 16, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

No Taxes to Pay This Year

Our accountant was here yesterday . And because of the extremely low milk prices we lost thousands of dollars this year. For the first time probably in our life we have no taxes to pay . No federal , no state and no local taxes. I guess in a way it is good ? Our one daughter said it is a blessing in disguise. Because if we did have taxes to pay , I have no idea where we would even get the money to pay them . On the other hand, it isn't a good thing to be in the hole is it ? The accountant said… Continue

Added by Diane Heckman on December 15, 2009 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Liz Doornink is up for Ag Woman of the Year

Ag Connect has nominated Liz Doornink for Ag Woman of the year. She is the only dairy woman up for the award. Here is her bio.

Liz Doornink is the co-leader of AFACT, American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology. Her family owns Jon-De Farm, Inc., a dairy farm in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Liz is passionate about the dairy business and has an… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

'Tis the Season to be Proud to Dairy

Here's an excerpt from a family Christmas letter written by my beautiful, kind and talented mother, Vicky Caldwell. She has sent out letters with her Christmas cards for the past few years, and I thought the focus of this year's letter would be especially interesting to Proud to Dairy members. My parents are a… Continue

Added by Emily Caldwell on December 15, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

A Farmwifes Christmas Wish List

This Christmas I have a couple of Wishes :

#1 ~ I wish I had the money to replace the light above my stove, instead of moving a lamp beside the stove every time I cook.

#2 ~ I wish I could go to the grocery store and fill the cart with anything I want , instead of only buying what I absolutely need .

#3 ~ I wish I could buy that big box of Triscuit crackers , instead of putting it back on the shelf because I can't afford it.

#4 ~ I wish for a month of… Continue

Added by Diane Heckman on December 12, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

PDMP is proud to connect dairy producers and policy makers

If you had a senator visit your farm one afternoon, what would you talk about? What would you ask and what to help him/her to understand? You probably haven't really thought about it because you don't really think it will happen. It happens a lot in Pennsylvania, with the help of PDMP.

Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) wants to educate producers, help them network within the industry and advocate… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 10, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

How To Start a Graduate School Essay?

Do you commence with a story?

Do you begin with a reflection on the focus of your forthcoming graduate studies?

Do you start at the beginning? And where exactly is that?

If you want your graduate essay to grab the attention of the graduate admission representative, then keep reading this article…

The graduate admissions committee is looking for a snapshot of you –

Where… Continue

Added by Maria Pittman on December 8, 2009 at 10:03pm — No Comments

CityBoy's 12 Days of Christmas

Watch CityBoy and company sing his version of the 12 Days of Christmas on the dairy. Just a little background. CityBoy is a humorous look at a city-dweller "gone country" and his foul-ups at his dairy. Check out his… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 8, 2009 at 2:57pm — No Comments

You need to vote to help these students

There is a video contest going on right now! Alpharma is hosting a video contest for ag students and our fellow dairy friends have entered, but they need your help. Go to this link, and register so you can vote for your favorite video.

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 4, 2009 at 9:44am — No Comments

From Farm to Royalty: the Tale of a Wisconsin Princess

Haven’t you always wanted to be a fairy princess? Now replace the ‘f’ on fairy with a ‘d’ and answer the question…

It’s okay, we all know that ever since you were little you have wanted to be a dairy princess. From your days on the playground standing at the top of the jungle gym (aka-your castle), to your teenage nights you spent dreaming of your prince charming coming to rescue you from your top-story prison of a room.

(Sorry guys… must be a girl thing!)

And this… Continue

Added by Kelsey Holter on December 3, 2009 at 6:01am — 2 Comments

National Dairy Board Update

Since being appointed the the NDB in Oct. of 2006 by the Sec. of Ag 'it has been a very rewarding and informative experience. What we do is take the checkoff dollars from producers and use the dollars to form powerful partnerships to help drive the sales of dairy products. Some of our success stories are of course McDonalds with their Angus Burger which uses 2 slices of cheese. The newest offering from them is the new special Mocca and Latte line up, these use 80% dairy products. This year they… Continue

Added by Randy Roecker on December 2, 2009 at 9:10pm — No Comments

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