Posts Tagged ‘farm’

Walk a Mile in My Work Boots

Guest blogger, Gabrielle Swavely is the 2018-2019 Centre County Dairy Princess

There’s a pair of old Carolina work boots that sat in the back of my mom’s closet for 27 years. They were retired in 1991, but still full of life. It was only a matter of time until my mom would clean out her closet and throw those old boots away, having no use for them anymore, until I came along. My mom was raised on a family farm but when my great grandparents, my mom’s grandparents, passed away, the Corl Farm was sold to a local Amish family and my mom hung up her boots for good.

Guest Blog: More than a Farmer: Environmentalist

Guest blogger, Rebecca Shaw is a dairy enthusiast and blogger at The Cow Chronicler™

Farmers wear many hats on the job, like animal care taker, business owner, economist and scientist, to name a few. In celebration of #EarthDay, I’d like to talk to you about a really important hat… and that’s being an environmentalist.

Here’s the thing. We all need to take care of the planet if we’d like to stay on it. I’m not sure that many people understand this more than farmers. Dairy farmers in particular are really good at finding innovative ways to be better environmental stewards. They need to be – their job is feeding the world.

Top 5 Reasons Dairy Farmers Rock

Not many people become famous for raising dairy cows, running a family farm and producing the best quality dairy foods. But, that’s just what dairy farmers do every day. If you’ve ever met a dairy farmer, you know that they tend to be humble and modest. They aren’t farming to receive recognition or accolades. However, that doesn’t stop farmers from excelling at their jobs: keeping us fed, their animals healthy and caring for the environment. Despite obstacles that might present themselves, we value dairy farmers during June Dairy Month and all year (especially during January when we are slurping delicious Dairymen’s milkshakes!). Here’s our top five reasons why we think dairy farmers rock.

Guest Blog: How Our Dairy Dilemma Will Affect You

Guest blogger, Jessica Peters, is a 5th generation dairy farmer in northwest Pennsylvania.

By now, most of the country knows that things aren’t great in the dairy industry. The mainstream media is reporting on dairy farms being shut off by milk processing plants, and depression and suicide rates are higher than ever among farmers.

Between animal rights extremists with their false claims and extremely low profit margins, dairy farmers are feeling less hope for the future now more than ever.

Guest Blog: Avoiding the Expiration Date for American Dairy Farms

Guest blogger, Tony W. Rice is an Agribusiness Student at The Pennsylvania State University

 “This milk expires in three days. Are you sure you don’t want me to get you a different gallon?”

The cashier’s question caught me off-guard as I was progressing through the checkout line in the midst of my weekly shopping excursion. Never one to refuse a good challenge, I politely declined her offer and took the gallon with full faith in my milk consumption abilities. Having been raised on a small dairy farm, milk has been a staple in my diet since childhood. Sadly, an increasing number of consumers throughout the U.S. cannot say the same.