Ag Activism

Mom at the Meat Counter: What’s in a food label? Antibiotic-free

Just like the similar label concerning hormones, the ‘antibiotic-free’ claim is misleading and shouldn’t be found on a meat label. All of the meat you buy in the US should be antibiotic-free, yet you still see it on some marketing claims. FULL STORY »

Start the conversation: Let’s talk about animal agriculture

“Start the Conversation: Let’s Talk About Animal Agriculture” is the first in a new series of resources the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is launching to foster discussion on questions consumers have about food production and agriculture. FULL STORY »

Miner Institute: Consumers are confused and Google isn't helping

In a recent conversation with a member of the non-farming community I was asked: Why do dairy farmers store manure under white plastic covered in tires? FULL STORY »

Navigating the North Bay climate

As the morning fog rolls past Point Reyes and Tomales Bay towards Sacramento, you find a small but thriving dairy region north of San Francisco. Despite many environmental and regulatory challenges, these producers have made advances by going back to what the climate demands. FULL STORY »

Social media: Good or bad for agriculture?

The solution to my writer’s block was to use the very tool I write about: social media. Sometimes I sit down to write this column and find my fingers have no words in them. Inspiration isn’t usually hard to find, but when it is, I find writer’s block tends to be cured by a cold beer, or two. FULL STORY »

Young Farmer: It is time to open the barn doors

Annaliese Wegner and her husband, Tom, own and operate the 550-cow Wegnerlann Dairy, near Ettrick, Wis. Along with Tom’s parents, the four recently formed a limited liability company (LLC) and are all active members on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Latest undercover video receives different reaction

But this week, when Mercy for Animals released their latest video showing unacceptable practices in the back of a holding pen and in handling calves, the response was different. FULL STORY »

Sjostrom: New dairy abuse video should prompt your wallet or watch

We received word that the next dairy farm abuse video is right around the corner. After watching it, it is indeed abuse and deserves no excuses. FULL STORY »

Ag Advocacy: Respect both sides of the discussion

As activist groups continually protest and new anti-agriculture videos are released, our industry is commonly on the defensive about our farms and management practices. While important and useful, defensive tactics should retire as our primary advocacy strategy. FULL STORY »

Social Media: Our customers aren’t stupid

Our customers are not dumb; they are disconnected. FULL STORY »

Dairy Carrie: You are the expert

I am a dairy farmer. More days than not, I feel like instead of saying that I am a dairy farmer, I should claim some sort of title along the lines of “Dairy Farmer’s Apprentice” or “Dairy Farmer in Training." FULL STORY »

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