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Harvest 2016: Midwest Dairy Farm Round-Up

It doesn’t seem like that look ago planting season in Midwest Dairy-land began. As per usual Mother Nature dictates when harvest begins and ends. When is the weather just right? What’s the window of time needed? I think what continues to amaze me about growing food for people and animals, in all the planning and preparation, a bountiful harvest is still mostly outside of farmers’ control.

Empowering Women in Agriculture in Mexico

I recently participated in a trip with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to join a group of women from Minnesota-based agriculture and agri-businesses, to speak to groups of women farmers in Mexico.

How to Melt Cheese for Soups, Sauces and Fondue

While we wait for Mother Nature to catch up to the season, I’m not wasting any time thinking about fall favorites. When the temperature drops, warm and tasty soups, fondues, sauces and pasta dishes gravitate toward our tables. Yet, have you ever tried to melt natural cheese and ended up with a clumpy, oily mess?

Fuel Up to Play 60 Develops Student Leaders

I’ve personally seen how Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in their schools. The program impacts students’ lives by building confidence, developing leadership skills and improving communication.

What to Do with 1,080 Pounds of Butter

Every year the 12 finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way are carved in 90 pounds of butter, starting with the newly crowned Princess Kay. That’s right, NINETY pounds of butter and the finalists take every bit of it home with them. Every year, fair goers are curious about one thing: what will the finalists do with all that butter?

To Love Dairy Leftovers is to Reduce Food Waste

The new school year is upon us, and my son, Topher, and I are on a mission to make it the best one yet. He’s a 6th grader, which means he’s now in middle school (sniff, sniff). And with middle school comes greater responsibility. While I will let his teachers define what this means in the classroom, I am going to work with him on what this means at home.
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