Ryan Curtis's Blog (34)

Standing united and proud

Story by Ryan Curtis



What should we do when we are confronted with a bad news story or negative perception of the industry or milk prices are rock bottom (or under the rock that marks rock bottom)?



Bad news happens. Unfortunately, the New York Times ran a water pollution story that really wasn’t more than a couple paragraphs along with a few pictures of people. The paragraphs portrayed the dairy industry as a villain that is destroying the water we drink and harming… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on September 28, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A little birdie told me



A little birdie told me

By: Ryan Curtis



I’ve done my best to keep up with the changing times. Well ... for the most part. It took me awhile to get on Facebook, and I did that through my comic strip character – CityBoy – instead of my real identity. I still have relatives that refuse to make CityBoy part of their friends.

Now I am on Twitter. @ProudtoDairy is the name and sharing tidbits about what is new with Proud to Dairy… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on August 25, 2009 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Video of farmers rebuilding

I thought it would be good to share this video with our community. I have attached a link to a website that shows a video about a dairy farmer in Vermont that rebuilt his dairy after it burned down. I have heard of others. Please share their stories. It's part of being Proud to Dairy.

Click here to see video.

Added by Ryan Curtis on July 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is Proud!



Pictures and story by Jessica Rose.



County Field Nights are a long held tradition for the Pennsylvania Holstein Association. The county clubs organize the event at a different farm each year, allowing you to see various operations. Every summer producers look forward to spending the evening judging cows, winning door prizes, eating a catered meal and socializing with other local dairy farmers.



On the evening of July 9,… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on July 21, 2009 at 10:21am — No Comments

And the winner is ...

We want to give a special thanks to Janelle (Wiersma) Thorpe of Twin Falls, Idaho, for her winning contribution to the T-shirt design contest. She will receive a ceramic Proud to Dairy mug.

We had some very creative ideas and welcome all to go to proudtodairy.com and check out all the submissions.

As of June 1, the shirts had a combined total of 239 views. The winning shirt had an average vote of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The winning shirt design… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on June 8, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Design it your way!



Our website has grown in popularity, and it’s all because of producers like you that are getting on and sharing pictures and thoughts with others. We have 24 of the 50 states represented in our membership. Pennsylvania is pulling ahead with 30 members in that state, no doubt in large part due to the blogging that Emily Caldwell has done on the website. Wisconsin is second with 12, if anyone is counting. Of our 110 members we have 12 hailing from… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on April 22, 2009 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

2009 NAI Dairy Challenge Review

By: Ryan Curtis

On March 27-28, the Empire State hosted 124 students from the top dairy programs in the U.S. and Canada as they competed in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. The 31 schools were divided up on four dairies in the Finger Lakes region: Elmer Richards and Sons Farm, Twin Birch Dairy, Venture Farms and Currie Valley Dairy.

The competition started on Friday morning at the Double Tree Hotel in Syracuse, New York,… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on April 9, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

Proud of Dairy Science Majors

These are contestants at the West Region Dairy Challenge. Photos provided by the NAIDC



No matter the industry, experience is crucial. An investor with a proven record of doing his homework and making sound decisions will be chosen ahead of someone that has never set up a portfolio. A heart surgeon that has performed 100 heart surgeries will be more trusted than a surgeon performing her first surgery. Experience is just as valuable in… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on March 12, 2009 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Others are blogging to add awareness

On the RealCaliforniamilk.org site, the California Dairy Princesses are using their experiences and assignments as princesses to advocate for the dairy industry in person and online. Starting September 1, 2008 the new site was started and each of the dairy princesses are able to post blogs about what they do and the schools they visit, etc. Here is the link: http://blog.realcaliforniamilk.com

The… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on February 20, 2009 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Milk talk

By The Milk Lady, Mary S. Fernandes

Dear friends, it’s happening again. Milk is down below support price. It’s unreal how we can go from $20.00 milk to $10.00 milk.

What created this is greed. The world has become so greedy. I can not understand how educated people that make so much money can be so selfish and greedy. Their greed has hurt us all. The banks are in trouble, the stock market, people are losing jobs, their homes, their businesses, and dairy businesses are going out, if… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on February 4, 2009 at 4:06pm — 5 Comments

How would you sport your pride?

The pride in what the dairy industry does is felt by all that associate with the producers and the professionals that make the industry special. There are a lot of ways to show your pride. What I want to know is what product (hat, shirt, poster, window decal, etc.) would you like to show your pride? What would you use most? What would say, "I'm proud to be a dairy farmer!" the best?

Added by Ryan Curtis on January 14, 2009 at 11:50am — 1 Comment

Do Facebookers love milk and cheese?

Progressive Dairyman Managing Editor Walt Cooley

Over the weekend I used Facebook Lexicon to do some interesting social networking research about dairy and dairy products. The most significant reason we as an industry are in a low-price slump is demand for dairy products has decreased. What is interesting is that at the same time demand has decreased chatter on Facebook about dairy, milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt have too. See how much it has decreased from last… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on January 12, 2009 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Clock winner is ‘proud to dairy’



Emily Caldwell for Progressive Dairyman



The last time Josie and Jocelyn Riser traveled to World Dairy Expo, Jocelyn was only four years old. The mother-daughter duo had the opportunity to return to Madison, Wisconsin, for the event when they decided to take Jocelyn’s Senior 3-Year-Old to compete.



“This was our first year to take cows out of the state,” Josie Riser says.



Josie says Jocelyn, now 13, was… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 18, 2008 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Proud across the Nation

We at Endert Farms insist on producing milk of the highest quality that makes us proud. We take extreme pride in our dairy and its product. If we can’t drink it, neither will anyone else!

We raised two fantastic daughters on our farm that now have very respectable jobs. One daughter works for the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture as a dairy inspector, and the other works with DNA at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Without the dedication and responsibilities they had at our farm, we… Continue

Added by Ryan Curtis on December 18, 2008 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

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