Why is the news media so sensational?
When I tell people that I am with the media, I add in a few qualifications. I tell them that I work for a business publication that tries to help its readers and does everything it can to ensure accuracy. FULL STORY »
Something good might come from 2009
In more than 40 years of dairying, Ken Nobis can’t recall a year that had a wider “disparity between cost and revenue” than 2009. In other words, profit margins have never been this far into negative territory. FULL STORY »
Why you should be cool toward COOL
OK, on the face of it, Americans have a right to know where their food is coming from. But the liberal U.S. Senators who introduced a country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) measure for dairy in mid-October are naïve if they think it will help the dairy industries in their states. FULL STORY »
Your letters and e-mails are welcome
This summer, many constituents have let their congressmen “have it” by airing their feelings about health-care reform. Much of it has taken place in raucous town-hall meetings. FULL STORY »
A resource center you can use
These are very difficult times for dairy producers. Currently, dairies are losing $4 per cow per day, as a general rule. That means a 500-cow dairy is losing $2,000 a day or $60,000 a month. FULL STORY »
"If you are not at the table, you are on the menu"
At the National Dairy Leaders Conference, held recently in the Denver area, one thing became quite apparent as I listened to one speaker after another describe the issues facing the industry: Dairy producers need to speak up more or else someone else is going to do the speaking for them. FULL STORY »
Things will get better, just not yet
When they descend down the Rockies on Interstate 70 east, truckers can see the lights of Denver ahead and the road may appear to be flattening out, which can make them optimistic that the long, arduous journey in low gear may be nearing an end. FULL STORY »
New (or dusted-off) ideas needed in economic crisis
About 30 dairy producers gathered at Brewskie’s Bar and Grill in downtown Utica, Minn., last month to discuss low milk prices and possible solutions. FULL STORY »