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Cinnamon Ridge Farms shares about sustainability on the farm

As a sixth-generation Jersey Dairy farm in Donohue, Iowa, Cinnamon Ridge Farms owners John and Joan Maxwell know a thing or two about sustainability. A winner of the 2019 Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability, Cinnamon Ridge Farms…

Mil-R-Mor Brings Dairy to the Classroom with Adopt a Cow

Lorilee Schultz has been farming with her grandparents at Mil-R-Mor Farm in Orangeville, Illinois, for the last decade. Because she oversees the dairy production side of the operation, including 55 milk cows, she knows the importance of bringing dairy to…

Robotics Lend a Helping Hand at Oklahoma Dairy Farm

Logan Courtney of Courtney Farms in Chouteau, Oklahoma, is fascinated by dairy cows. He’s the sixth generation of a farm family, but he didn’t grow up on a dairy farm. His family milked a small herd of pedigreed Ayrshires until…

Spadgenske family focuses on sustainability, community

What started with a humble beginning of just 60 cows in a rented barn, one tractor and two brothers living in a mobile home in Menahga, Minnesota, has grown into a thriving first-generation dairy operation. Twin brothers, Mike and Mark…

Making Sustainability Accessible for Fellow Farmers

The Schlangen family dairy farm near Albany, Minnesota, received the recent announcement of the U.S. dairy community’s new sustainability goals with relative ease. Like most dairy farmers, they’ve been testing and implementing new processes for decades because of their strong…

A Dream Job at Peterson Dairy

When Alex Peterson envisioned his dream job, he didn’t picture working on his family’s dairy farm in Trenton, Missouri. As a teenager, he wasn’t keen on the never-ending chores and all-encompassing lifestyle. Today, he can tell you how many steps…

Virtual Tour of Trailside Holsteins Provides Real-Time Answers to Questions about Dairy

An easy way to engage consumers in a dialogue about dairy is to give them a glimpse into everyday life on the farm through digital channels. People are naturally curious about things that are new to them, and digital and…

A passion rooted in caring for animals: Meet Minnesota dairy farmer Lindsey Borst

Growing up on her family’s small hobby farm, Lindsey Borst developed a love of caring for animals of all types. However, it wasn’t until she married her husband, Kevin, that her passion for dairy farming and its way of life…

Kregel Dairy: Sixth generation follows passion back home

Kregel Dairy has been in operation since the late 1800s in Guttenberg, Iowa. Kregel is managed in part by sixth-generation farmer, Megan Kregel, for whom dairy farming has always been a way of life. With 400 cows, Megan, her sister…

Hildebrandt represents next generation on family’s Illinois farm

Meet Angie Hildebrandt of Hildebrandt Farms. Located in South Beloit, Illinois, this featured farmer’s family started milking cows in 1981. Today, they have grown their operation to 900 cows and 2,000 acres of cropland. Currently, there are three generations on…

Resiliency becomes a defining value at Bohnerts’ Jerseys

Karen Bohnert of East Moline, Illinois, is a second-generation dairy farmer living life, raising three kids and running the farm, Bohnerts’ Jerseys, with her husband. The Bohnert family perseveres, no matter the challenges being faced. The family embodies the resilient…

Hildebrand Farms: A Passion for Dairy

This article was originally written for and published by Kansas Farm and Food Connection. Hildebrand Farms has been a staple in Junction City since 1930, when Arnold Hildebrand got a permit to sell milk in the area. Today, Melissa Hildebrand…