JUNEAU, Wis. — According to Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW), the line-up for week seventeen of The Dairy Signal™ will feature a farmer panel discussing corn silage. Panelists will include: Brody Stapel, Double Dutch Dairy, LLC, Cedar Grove, Wis.; Mitch Breunig, Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, Sauk City, Wis. and Brett Bonlender, Clover Hill Dairy, LLC, Campbellsport, Wis.
Pairing up on The Dairy Signal will be Dr. Mark Stephenson, UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability and Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). Returning to the Dairy Signal is John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research.
Developed by fellow dairy farmers from the PDPW Board of Directors, The Dairy Signal is a weekly series of free educational episodes offering insights and resources for fellow dairy farmers and other food system professionals throughout the value chain. The episodes air live from 12:00-1:00 PM CT each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; recorded sessions are available later in the day.
During this week’s episode of the Dairy Signal, Dr. John Shutske, PhD, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems-Engineering, said stress affects our relationships and communications with people, including our family and community members. However, we shouldn’t be afraid of stress – it’s necessary for our survival, it helps us grow, it’s part of being a person, and it can be a great lever for change. For more information about managing stress, visit: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/.
Dr. Cheston Price, MD, Medical Director for Mobile Migrant Health Services at Family Health La Clinica (FHLC), suggested farmers look at their work place and employee housing facilities to identify where modifications can be made to facilitate social distancing and provide adequate hand-cleaning stations. Workers should be encouraged to wear masks and the same safety measures practiced at the farm should be enforced at home. Dr. Price also highly recommends the flu shot this fall for all employees.
Mariah Hennen, Legal Action of Wisconsin and Farmworker Project Program Manager, talked about the Wisconsin Farm Workers Coalition, a statewide, issues-oriented coalition that advocates for the migrant and seasonal farmworkers that work and live in Wisconsin.
Dan Basse, Economist and President of AgResource Company talked about a concept he termed as “Milk Class Wars,” where Class III prices have soared to near historical highs while other classes lag behind. This has resulted in negative correlations on milk checks referred to as Producer Price Differential or PPD. Unfortunately, this milk class war will persist amid a U.S. food service industry that is struggling with expanding U.S. COVID-19 cases.
Basse also mentioned a new COVID-19 aid package is being debated by President Donald Trump and Congress. The U.S. economy is in dire need of more assistance; a $20 billion expansion in Commodity Credit Corporation spending authority has been asked for.
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Here is a look at next week’s presenters and topics:
Tuesday, July 28
Topic: The Center for Dairy Research is one of the premier dairy research centers in the United States. Find out what the research team is currently working on and what the dairy industry has to look forward to down the road. Episode presenter includes:
- John Lucey, Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Center for Dairy Research
Wednesday, July 29
Topic: When formulating today’s dairy ration, corn silage starts at the foundation. Panelists will discuss how they balance their rations taking into account their soil composition and cow health. Farmer panelists include:
- Brody Stapel, Double Dutch Dairy, LLC, Cedar Grove
- Mitch Breunig, Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, Sauk City
- Brett Bonlender, Clover Hill Dairy, LLC, Campbellsport
Thursday, July 30
Topic: Hear an update from Washington. Find out what’s coming down the pike in agriculture and what policies are being discussed that will impact our industry. Episode presenters include:
- Dr. Mark Stephenson of UW-Madison Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Director of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability
- Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)
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