Dairy Information: Center Focus Column

Remember You Are Important

I remember while I was growing, my parents had a framed poster hanging in their farm office with two boys, no more than five years old, dressed in bib overalls, farm shirts and baseball caps standing in a farm lane with the words above them, “You’ve been farming long?” Looking back on that now, it really demonstrates our deep connection to who we are as dairy farmers.

For most of us, dairy farming is our profession and our passion. It’s all we ever known, a heritage passed down from our parents and our grandparents. Lately, though, it’s difficult not to feel frustrated about the dairy industry. From the anti-dairy rhetoric that is out there, to the very low milk prices in the marketplace, to watching our neighbors and friends lose their milk market, there are plenty of reasons to doubt who we are and what we represent as dairy producers. READ MORE