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  • Today’s featured farm at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center is Merrell Dairy of Wolcott, New York. The Merrell family milk 2,700 cows and milk them on a rotary parlor, which their son described as a “merry-go-round”. Karen Merrell, owner of the farm with her husband, Jon, says, “One of the things that I really enjoy […]

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  • Many of you know that I am a relatively new mom. My children will be 2 and 4 in October. We are dairy farmers – 4th generation to be exact. My parents never discouraged me from being a farmer, but they also encouraged me to see what else is out there. I swore early on […]

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  • It’s been a little while since we last posted one of our 20 Questions with 14 Farmers. Summer is busy on the farm and it gets a little tougher to track down farmers this time of year. But we were lucky to have our next farmer share some of his thoughts (and humor) with us […]

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  • Listen up! Vice News just released a short documentary (22 minutes in length) about the very real challenge dairy farmers are facing in securing a legal, reliable and skilled workforce. As Vice explains, “Milking cows is a dirty, monotonous job, and as we found out in our latest episode of Immigrant America, it’s not a […]

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  • While most dairy farmers tend to keep to themselves, this farmer is the exception. She will do just about anything to be heard; and therefore she may be no stranger to you. She’s a go-to resource for urban consumers and reporters. She’s a regular attendee and speaker at foodie conferences. She isn’t afraid to fight […]

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  • Last night, my farmer husband and I had a date! It had been over three years since we last went to the movies – so this was a treat! Even more special, we were going to see the new film, Farmland, at the Spectrum theatre in Albany. I’ve been excited to see the film since […]

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  • Farmers tend to keep to themselves. It’s part of the territory. They typically farm in remote areas, enjoy working out in the fields on a tractor alone, and when they are around others – the others tend to be the non-talking type – cows. So imagine my delight when I received our next farmer’s responses […]

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  • Many of you may have heard the term – CAFO – which stands for “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation.” Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it?  CAFO is a term associated with larger farms that is often wrongly exchanged with the term “factory farm”. In all actuality, CAFO is a federal program that requires all farms with a certain […]

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  • Our posts that feature 20 Questions with 14 Farmers have been our most popular to date. Thank you for your interest in learning more about real New York dairy farmers. As you are probably finding out – dairy farmers are fairly ordinary people, but they are doing extraordinary things and our next farmer is no […]

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  • Today is National Ag Day! A time to reflect on all the contributions farmers make to our daily lives. From the food on our dinner tables, to the wide open spaces, to the economic revenue they provide our rural communities – farmers are indeed significant and vital to our everyday well-being and the quality of […]

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