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From the Editor

Read comments from Progressive Dairyman editors related to each print issue of the print magazine, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.

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“The cows are out!”

Growing up on our family farm, there was no more effective way to catch my parents’ attention than by crying out this panic-striking phrase. These four powerful words could stop my mom in the middle of cracking an egg and make my dad spring from his easy chair as if the house were on fire.

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It’s become a bit of a tradition for our annual “State of the industry” issue to feature an illustration. I say “a bit” because our 2014 cover used photography, but the three years prior all featured creations by our talented design team.

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walt cooley

Recently one of my friends asked me for a favor. He runs the quality assurance division for a milk plant and needed some help for an hour. He wanted me to test the plant’s food defense program. I’d never heard of such a thing before, so he first had to explain to me what a food defense plan is.

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Vindication. That’s what I felt standing at the gate in Charlotte, North Carolina, in mid-January. I was on my way to attend PDPW’s Managers Academy. (Click here and here for the highlights from this event.)

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“Well Em, today is the first day in 48 years that I haven’t owned a dairy cow,” Dad said to me as we wrapped up our annual New Year’s Day dinner with the family.

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Just about one year ago, I opined on this page that the dairy industry’s rate of adoption for new technology was slow.

At the time, we started an experiment to observe dairy producers test-driving a few hand-picked new technologies to see just how easy it was for forward-thinking, tech-savvy dairy managers to adopt them.

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