Newtrient – a Powerful Tool and Resource for Dairy Farmers in Demonstrating Dairy’s Positive Environmental Impact

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Posted 04/05/2019 by Marilyn Hershey

More than ever, people are asking questions about their food. Not just about where their food comes from, but how it is produced, who is taking care of the animals, when was it produced in comparison to when it hits the shelf and what is being done at the farm level to help the environment. 

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Creating Future Dairy Champions - A Farmer's Perspective on Fuel Up To Play 60

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Posted 03/11/2019 by Marilyn Hershey

As farmers, we often hear about our health and wellness program, Fuel Up to Play 60, but today we will hear firsthand from a program director. 

We know the program impacts and influences children in 73,000 schools across the country. We know FUTP 60 is a partnership between National Dairy Council and the National Football League and we know it optimizes dairy. However, rarely have we had the opportunity to hear from someone who has everyday involvement.  

Even more special – Bet Howrigan is a dairy farmer. I thought you might enjoy hearing her experience with FUTP60 and seeing how passionate she is.

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Don't Be Distracted From GENYOUth's Mission

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Posted 01/17/2019 by Marilyn Hershey

My father-in-law is a former politician who used to hold two types of fundraisers. One was a basic pig roast that wasn’t too expensive and designed for one group of people. The other was held at a restaurant and he invested a little more money to appeal to another group.

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Fluid Milk Needed A Spark And fairlife Provided It

Posted 01/02/2019 by Marilyn Hershey

There are few farmer meetings or conversations where the state of fluid milk doesn’t come up. The category has been in decline for longer than any of us care to remember and farmers are understandably looking for a ray of hope.

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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. 

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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.

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Why Skeptical Farmers Should Embrace Dairy Exports

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Creating Future Dairy Champions

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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

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