Off the farm, the van den Goors are involved in the Sanilac County Farm Bureau's Farmers CARE program; volunteer with Freedom Riders, a 4-H riding program for people with special needs; and participate in Michigan Milk Producers' Association's large producers group. Gertie is a hospice volunteer.
South Dakota dairy families to co-host ‘Feeding South Dakota’ benefit concert
Dairy farm families will again partner with First Bank & Trust, Hy-Vee and Lewis Drug to help provide nutritious dairy foods to South Dakotans in need.
For the fourth year, dairy farmers will invite the public to “Be Our Guest” at a concert at the annual Central Plains Dairy Expo. For a $10 donation to Feeding South Dakota, people will receive a pass to the “Roots and Boots” tour concert featuring country music performers Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw on March 25. Donations will be used to purchase dairy foods to stock food banks across the state.
From February 24 through the March 25 concert, donations will be accepted at First Bank & Trust locations in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Canton and Garretson, Lewis Drug Store locations in Sioux Falls, Brandon, Brookings, Huron and Madison, and Hy-Vee stores in Sioux Falls.
The “Be Our Guest” concert events have been held for three years, generating a total of nearly $29,000 in dairy product donations to Feeding South Dakota.
Dairy is among the top five food items in demand among food bank patrons, yet it only makes up 5.3% of the total pounds distributed in the Feeding America food bank network. The “Be Our Guest” effort by South Dakota dairy farm families helps provide hungry families in South Dakota access to nutritious milk and dairy products. In fact, milk is a natural source of nine essential nutrients, including eight grams of protein per eight-ounce serving.
A special donation event will be held on Saturday, March 1, at the Hy-Vee location at West 10th and Kiwanis. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., representatives of Feeding South Dakota and area dairy farmers will accept donations.
Fertilizer industry honors Indiana's Brand Dairy
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has named five American farm operations as 4R Advocates for 2014.
Among the recipients was George Brand, Brand Dairy Farm, Waterloo, Ind., who operates a 2,500-acre row crop operation and dairy farm. Variable-rate fertilizer application, plant tissue sampling and erosion control are but three examples of how the Brands boost yield, while protecting groundwater.