Bringing More Dairy to More People through Our Partnership with McDonald's

Posted 11/26/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

As I mentioned in my blog from last month on Domino’s, a key priority of the checkoff plan is the work that we do together with our partners that represent the leading food service and retail brands both here in the U.S. and globally.  Our investment includes providing partners like Domino’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut – with consumer insights, product development and nutrition expertise to develop new menu choices that include dairy and that in turn, find new markets for farmers’ milk. 

Comments (0) Read more...

Farmers Take U.S. Dairy Checkoff Program's Global Vision to Japan, Hong Kong

Posted 11/02/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

Today I am headed to Hong Kong and Japan with three other dairy farmers as part of a week-long mission to bring U.S. Dairy’s export vision to these two important Asian markets.  Read more about our planned trip in my blog post on USDEC’s site.

Read more...

Why Skeptical Farmers Should Embrace Dairy Exports

Dairy Exports 1 out of 7 Gallons
Posted 10/01/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

The Chester County Holstein Club’s Field Day is a summer highlight for dairy farmers in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania.  

We enjoy the food, our families, neighborly conversations, cow judging and a calf raffle. 

My husband Duane and I hosted the event this year. A skeptical farmer approached me in our barn’s milking area.

I embrace conversations like this. I jokingly tell people a little-known historical fact -- dairy farmers invented skepticism.

“I don’t think we need exports,” the farmer said. “We need to stop focusing overseas.”

Comments (0) Read more...

Domino's - An Undeniably Strong Partnership

Posted 09/14/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

During the past ten years, we have invested in partnerships with influential quick service restaurant companies. That investment includes providing these partners with consumer insights, product development and nutrition expertise to develop new menu choices that include dairy and that in turn, find new markets for farmers’ milk. Our four key partners – Domino’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut – have moved more than 2 billion equivalent pounds of milk in the duration of our work together. That’s a lot of milk flowing through this country.

Comments (0) Read more...

Consumers Are Confused About Food Production And Nutrition But Trust In The Hard Work of Dairy Farmers

Posted 08/27/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Dairy Experience Forum, an event put on by the State and Region staff and board of Midwest Dairy. The two days were packed with thought provoking speakers, but the atmosphere was really set with the opening presentation.

Comments (0) Read more...

Creating Future Dairy Champions

SNA-National-Dairy-Council-2018
Posted 08/13/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

I am truly enjoying my new leadership role for dairy producers as National Dairy Council Chair. What an exciting year it has been so far. I recently attended three events back to back that I want to share with my fellow farmers. - Guest Post from Dairy Farmer and National Dairy Council Chairperson Audrey Donahoe

Comments (0) Read more...

Research is critical to dairy's future

Posted 07/23/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

Research is sometimes the unsung hero in the dairy checkoff program.  However, research is a very strong component in DMI’s plan and is critical for our future. The checkoff has research projects going on around the country in many different sectors, and I want to touch on a collaboration with solid and exciting research results.

Comments (0) Read more...

WE Are Undeniably Stronger

World Milk Day 2018
Posted 07/05/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

One of my goals as Chair of Dairy Management, Inc. is to promote unity among ourselves as moving forward is not nearly as productive if we cut each other off at the knees. Another goal is to better communicate the checkoff story to farmers who are not involved or familiar with what’s happening at DMI.

 

Comments (0) Read more...

I'm proud to carry forward checkoff's mission on behalf of our farmers

Posted 06/13/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

I’ve been involved with dairy promotion for as long as I can remember, even going back to my high school days with the dairy princess program in Pennsylvania. Promoting our industry and telling our story is my passion, whether I’m speaking at a local Rotary meeting, visiting a school or having people out to our farm.

Comments (0) Read more...

New Checkoff Chair Focused on Continuing the Momentum

DairyBusiness Marilyn Hershey Interview
Posted 06/05/2018 by Marilyn Hershey

As a member of the farmer board of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the organization that oversees the dairy promotion checkoff, I’ve seen some amazing things. The strides we’ve made in moving more of your dairy products here and around the world are long ones. I am dedicated to continuing that momentum for you as the board’s new chair.

Comments (0) Read more...