Big Challenges for Small Dairy: Minnesota farmers seek creative solutions in the face of corporate competition

When I first rang Tom Portner to talk about his dairy farm Port-Haven, he told me to call back in a few minutes—he was in the middle of helping a cow give birth. The third in 24 hours, in fact. “Yesterday I had 24 due, now three of them have calves,” he says when I … [ Read more]

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery win dairy sustainability award

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery were recognized with a 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability, at a ceremony in Chicago on May 11. The 200-cow Brooten, Minnesota farm and artisan cheesemaker—a partnership between two generations of Jennissen family—were acknowledged for a number of sustainable practices, including reducing the farm’s energy use by 20 percent, not … [ Read more]

U.S. cheese inventory at a 30-year high

The United States is sitting on a glut of cheese (about 1.2 billion pounds in stock, per the USDA). This, according to a Bloomberg report, is the result of circumstances in the European Union—a surplus of milk, plunging prices, and a weakening Euro. The United States, thanks to a strengthening dollar, has increased its imports of European dairy … [ Read more]