Did the Founding Fathers intend to create a nanny state?

Facing an impending ban on 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, I headed to the hardware store in mid-December to stock up. FULL STORY »

Partnerships give your money more bang for the buck

At a recent industry meeting, I had the opportunity to speak to a McDonald’s executive about the partnerships his organization has formed with the dairy industry. FULL STORY »

HSUS continues to deceive the public

I look back from time to time at what I’ve accomplished in this job. Which stories have made a difference? Which stories am I most proud about? FULL STORY »

Immigration reform remains an elusive goal

In November 2009, U.S. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Center for American Progress that immigration reform would be a priority of the Obama Administration in 2010. FULL STORY »

Should you really care about carbon footprints?

Last May, a reader chided me after I ran an article on milk’s carbon footprint and how it has gone down over the past 67 years. “…do you really think anyone with a brain cares about the ‘carbon footprint’ of milk? Give me a break. Dairy farms are vanishing, the industry is being destroyed by USDA regulations and someone is actually concerned about phantom science. Please concentrate on improved profitability issues and preserving remaining dairies,” he wrote FULL STORY »

Why did I wait so long to be optimistic?

It's been tough covering the news in this industry over the past two and a half years. Tough economic times have made it difficult on everyone. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Dairying is a privilege, not a right

Finally, someone articulated what I have been thinking for years. Here is what a reader from Vermont had to say following a story we ran about the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments failing to adopt a stricter SCC standard in the U.S.: FULL STORY »

Another missed opportunity to improve milk quality

When one of the readers of our daily newsletter heard that the somatic cell count standard in the U.S. won’t be upgraded to 400,000 cells/ml, he responded in the reader-comment section: FULL STORY »

Cutting the ethanol tax credit a first move in reducing debt

On April 18, the credit-rating service Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit outlook from stable to negative. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 140 points. FULL STORY »

Keep a close eye on China, Russia, New Zealand….

The Western Dairy Management Conference always attracts some of the brightest people in the dairy industry. This year was no exception. Waiting in the airport for my flight home, I took a few minutes to reflect back on what I had learned. I already knew that the dairy industry is affected by global events, but this conference reinforced it in a big way. (And, certainly, the tragic events in Japan, following that country’s massive earthquake and tsunami. FULL STORY »

If you were offended, we apologize

An article in the January issue of Dairy Herd Management on understanding Hispanic culture generated a fair amount of controversy. Some people pointed out that the article over-generalized about Hispanics and even contained some offensive references. FULL STORY »

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