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Dairy Farming – It’s In Our DNA

Margaret Johnson’s love for dairy began at a young age. “Early on we were required to do chores around the farm,” said Margaret, “It became a special time for me to spend time with my dad.”

Faith, Family & Farming

Blake and Chicky Otte started Square Deal Dairy in 1997 with the hopes of continuing the farm for generations. Fast forward 20 years and they are now farming with the help of their three sons Tyler, Bret and Eric. Their commitment to sustainability and planning for the future earned them the honor of being named Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s 2016 Dairy Farm Family of the Year.

Children’s Book Helps Dairy Mom Share Her Family’s Story

For 25 years, Karen Kasper has been dedicated to sharing her family’s farm story with her community, especially school children. From hosting field trips on their farm to taking animals to the local library, and participating in agriculture speaking programs for schools and community groups and a Kasper Dairy Facebook page, she’s always looking for a new opportunity to introduce dairy farming to new audiences.

Commitment to Improvement Drives Minnesota Dairy All Year Long

As the calendar turns to a New Year, many of us are thinking about resolutions for better health, finances or career opportunities. However, for dairy farmers like Doug and Julie Heintz, making improvements on their family farm is at the top of their minds all year long.

Minnesota Farm Family Enjoys Recipes and Robotics during Holiday Season

Merri Post loves recipes, from testing out new ones with family and friends to sharing her favorites with followers on her dairy farm’s Middleroad Acres Facebook page. When she saw a call for recipes for a new dairy cookbook, the first thing that came to mind was a family favorite that celebrates the freshness of dairy ingredients.

Dairy Sustainability: Small Changes, Huge Impact

For Dorrich Dairy in Glenwood, Minnesota, innovation comes in the form of tiny wasp larvae. The six-legged insects may be small, but they’re having a huge impact controlling the farm’s fly population, improving cow comfort, minimizing the use of pesticides and reducing the 400-cow operation’s impact on the environment.
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