Author Archives: Dean

My Dad, FFA and Farming

This photo was taken in 1967, the year my dad graduated from high school. In this photo, he is receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for Agriculture from the Future Farmers of America, now called the FFA. The other person is … Continue reading

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How Fast Everything is Changing

The world is constantly evolving and moving fast. The rate of change in business is incredible. There is 3-D printing of food. Your Samsung phone is now connected to the Samsung refrigerator and tells you when you need groceries. And, … Continue reading

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Dairy Creates 78,000 Jobs

March is Agriculture Month. I thought it might be a good time to look at what dairy means to Wisconsin, especially the jobs, taxes and economic impact. These numbers give us a reason to celebrate agriculture every day. We hope … Continue reading

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When People Think Cheese, They Think Wisconsin

Eighty-six percent of consumers think of Wisconsin when they think of cheese.  When people say they can’t find Wisconsin cheese in their store out-of-state, the issue isn’t that the cheese is unavailable, it’s that many people simply do not know how to … Continue reading

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Sharing our trade secrets

Farmers are unique in a few ways. If another farmer visits the farm and asks a question, farmers are sometimes too transparent. It’s our culture. We have a friendly nature and are trusting. But, usually I’m willing to share information … Continue reading

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One year with the robots

We now have one year under our belts with our robots. It feels good because we have a year of data to study, and this winter, we can dive deep into the data to analyze the results. Milking robots are … Continue reading

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