Three great news stories were waiting on me when I got up this morning. Maybe I should say I found them because a couple are a few days late. I’m even taking credit for one of them. I’m sure I deserve it!
As one of the most influential people in the world it is awesome that he met with a farmer and experienced a small taste of farm life. Connecting people is what Facebook does best, and I’m glad he connected with them.
One of the biggest heartaches in dairy happened when Grassland Creamery sent letters to approximately seventy farms telling them they would no alonger accept their milk. This was due to new guidelines taking effect in Canada that made imported US milk too expensive to use.
The good news is that nearly all of the farms have found new buyers for their milk. The multiple effect of these farms going out of business would have been devastating for their communities, so much so that even the president felt the need to comment on it. I can’t imagine the turmoil they have dealt with, and what a relief there must be now.
The last bit of news is how new Agriculture Secretary Perdue is making school lunches more flexible. As a dairy farmer I want kids to have the best tasting milk available, but to make flavored milk under the previous guidelines was difficult. Being able to use 1% milk should make for a better tasting product and therefore encourage more kids to drink milk. Milk is a powerhouse of nutrition and is important for building bones, especially in young children.