Let’s solve the fluid milk crisis

The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem. Indeed, after more than 40 years of declining fluid milk sales, dairy promotion officials are talking candidly about the problem and what needs to be done. FULL STORY »

Got dysrhythmia?

On Oct.10, I added to my vocabulary. Dysrhythmia. FULL STORY »

Our politicians have failed us

On Sept. 12, hundreds of farmers and ag industry representatives assembled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to encourage passage of a new Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

What happened to supply and demand?

When I took my first economics class in college, I was disappointed. FULL STORY »

Is dairy production good for society?

If you ask 10 different people to define what “sustainability” means, you will get 10 different answers. FULL STORY »

So much has changed in 20 years!

It’s been 20 years and I don’t know if Bob is still alive. He was 62 when I met him in 1992. FULL STORY »

Leadership needed on immigration reform

On April 15, President Obama promised to pursue immigration reform if re-elected. FULL STORY »

Stand up for Dairy Security Act

On April 19, a coalition of 29 dairy organizations sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee, urging inclusion of the Dairy Security Act in the next Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Editorial: Take the threat of agroterrorism seriously

Since 2005, I have had the opportunity to attend four conferences on agroterrorism sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

They are serious affairs, considering the subject matter. I think back to the time someone showed a simulation model of how fast a certain infectious animal disease would spread within the state of Iowa. Or the time I sat near a person who was wearing a gun holster. Or the Japanese military officer (dressed in full uniform) who came and spoke on the all-out emergency response his country waged against foot and mouth disease in 2010. FULL STORY »

The food police and unintended consequences

We have run numerous articles about school districts banning chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk on lunch lines. FULL STORY »

Unity critical for dairy policy reform this year

I was trying to be open-minded. After all, the much-ballyhooed Congressional Super Committee had just gone down in flames and the whole Farm Bill debate was back to square one. FULL STORY »

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