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I pulled up to the dairy and parked in my usual spot. I got out and fumbled around as I put my 7-week-old into the stroller. My husband was combining soybeans in the field next to the barn, so we began to stroll around as we watched the cloud of dust rolling behind the machine with the most beautiful orange sky in the background.

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I have a love-hate relationship with the word “millennial.” I love being a millennial for the positive connotations, but I hate the negative stereotypes that seem to come along with it.

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I love no-bake cookies, and I love caramel! I mean who doesn’t, right? These cookies take only a few minutes to make, and they seem to disappear about as fast as it takes to throw them together.

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It was March 2003, and I had just returned home from a dairy promotion as the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess. “We are selling the cows,” my dad said to me as I sat across the kitchen table from him.

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It’s 9:47 p.m. The cows have been milked; the calves have been fed; and the children have been put to bed. There are three loads of laundry to fold, supper dishes to wash and a cow that needs to be checked again.

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As we wrap up the fall harvest and start to prepare for next year here on our dairy farm, I have been doing some reflecting. There are a couple of practices rather common in agriculture we as farmers should maybe push back against. These practices are:

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