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Harvest 2016: Midwest Dairy Farm Round-Up

by Sami Carter | Oct 19, 2016 | Farm | 0 comments

Honoring The Harvest

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. Sure, you can replace the part that broke on the combine (well, that sometimes is challenging too!), but how do you harvest your crops when you need a dry spell of 48 hours, and there’s nothing but rain in the forecast? The heartiest, humble and most gracious people I know are dairy farmers. They go to work every day (what’s a weekend?) and in all conditions, and you’ll rarely hear them complain. Why? They’re gratitude extends to everything — their cows, the land and family — and also to me and you for simply buying and enjoying the dairy foods they produce.

Take a look at #Harvest16 through farmers’ social media posts.

A post shared by Karen Bohnert (@kjerseykids) on

Moonlighting & running in tandem to get the beans out before the looming rain arrives. #harvest16

A post shared by jennyschweigert (@jennyschweigert) on

Cows fed and already started chopping hay before 7 a.m. I might get something done today!

A post shared by David Foster (@fosterdairy) on

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Sami Carter
Midwest Dairy

I'm an ambassador for dairy farmers and an advocate for enjoying all dairy foods. Since 2009, I've been a social voice for Midwest Dairy Association. You'll often find me tweeting, pinning or taking photos to share on Midwest Dairy's social media channels. Similarly, I provide tools, training and resources to help dairy farmers tell their story using social media.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and adventures, learning new culinary skills, volunteering and running for Team Dairy.

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