| Dave Natzke is editor of Dairy Herd Management. He was raised on a northeast Wisconsin dairy and diversified livestock farm, the oldest of seven children. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Meat & Animal Science and Agricultural Journalism. His perspectives come from more than 33 years of experience covering dairy and agricultural issues. Prior to joining Vance Publishing in January 2014, he served as managing editor for two Wisconsin agricultural newspapers, Wisconsin State Farmer and Agri-View. He then served as editor and editorial director for DairyBusiness Communications for more than 12 years before taking the helm at... VIEW BLOG »
| Lucas Sjostrom is assistant editor of Dairy Herd Management, and writes from above a working milking parlor. Sjostrom grew up on a south-central Minnesota dairy and crop farm that is still in operation by his grandparents, parents, and younger brother. After completing an animal science degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, he took a government relations and communications position with Holstein Association USA in Brattleboro, Vt. Two years later, he became associate editor at Hoard’s Dairyman magazine. Currently, Sjostrom concurrently serves on Dairy Herd Management staff and is finishing graduate work in animal science focusing on precision dairy... VIEW BLOG »
| Gary H. Baise is an Illinois farmer and trial attorney at the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC, specializing in agricultural and environmental issues in state and federal court. He also serves as outside General Counsel for the U.S. Grains Council, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and counsel to the American Soybean Association. Baise is actively involved in a number of agricultural associations, including the Farm Foundation. He also formerly served on the USDA's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and... VIEW BLOG »
| Hi, my name is Jessica. I traded stilettos for rubber boots to marry a ruggedly handsome Dairy Man. Now, I am slowly learning what it means to be a modern farm wife. The nearest Starbucks is 45 minutes away, but I wouldn't trade this life for anything! So, come along. But mind your step. Yes, that is a cow pie. VIEW BLOG »
| Health insurance policies and options are changing, and as a business owner, we know how important it is for you to be informed of these changes. Sarah O’Leary, CEO and founder of ExHale Health, will address topics related to health insurance in this new blog. ExHale Health helps consumers across the country successfully manage their health insurance and healthcare provider relationships. The company’s mission is to save consumers time and money on their healthcare through policy/plan selection, claim filing and tracking, reimbursements, insurance-plan transitions and more. O’Leary is a successful businesswoman, published author and healthcare advocate. She also is... VIEW BLOG »
| An animal activist, concerned citizen and conscientious consumer takes on the issues. VIEW BLOG »
| Agriculture Future of America is a leader development organization for college students and young professionals in agriculture, providing scholarships, career opportunities and professional development training. Emma Likens, a junior studying agricultural journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the marketing and communications intern and also serves as an AFA Campus Ambassador. VIEW BLOG »
| Emily Meredith serves as the Communications Director for the Alliance and manages all aspects of the communications strategy. She is responsible for the Issues Management Committee and coordinating effective responses to the issues of the industry. VIEW BLOG »
| I am a farm wife and stay-at-home mom in central Iowa. My husband, Bart, and I have been married almost seven years, and we have two young sons. Adam is 4 and 1/2 years old and Isaac is 2 years old. While I focus my efforts on raising the boys, Bart raises turkeys – more than 100,000 annually. In my free time, I love taking on creative endeavors including (but not limited to) home renovation, digital scrapbooking, graphic design, photography, writing, crafting, blogging and repurposing old junk into new home and garden décor. I have been blogging about... VIEW BLOG »
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