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As a family we have been thinking about our farm transfer for over five years. We have talked about it. We have changed it. We have lost sleep over it. We have made plans. And more plans. And then a few more.

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In 2016, one university study followed football players and discovered (regardless of concussions) that the players who drank more milk had higher verbal and visual memory than the players who didn’t drink milk. Other studies confirmed similar results showing that milk drinkers consistently have better memory than people who don’t drink milk.

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Growing up, I never imagined I would some day marry a dairy farmer. In fact, I really didn’t give farming much thought as a child. I was a child of a wildland firefighter and had deep family roots in the timber industry.

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Animals are much more intelligent than most people realize. While cats and dogs know their names, and many dogs will obey certain commands, what about a cow that will carry on a conversation with a person?

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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS) have been working collaboratively with other partners to develop a new insurance product for dairy farmers. The proposal is for a Dairy-Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) policy. Similar to crop revenue protection policies, Dairy-RP would protect against unexpected declines in milk prices, unexpected declines in milk production, or both. This policy would be in addition to margin-based insurance offerings currently available to dairy farmers.

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I love the radio. More specifically, I love talk radio. I distinctly remember my parents forcing me to listen to talk radio as a kid during long car trips, which, at the time, I found to be very uncool.

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