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As a new year rolls in, the big question is always, “What is your resolution?” Some people want to exercise more, eat less, spend less money, save more, spend more time with family and the list can go on.

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Finding myself without a job the summer after my freshman year in college, I asked to be put back into the milking schedule at my parents’ dairy farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But with the farm growing to 300 cows, my sister, the herdsperson, had filled out the milking schedule with full-time employees.

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A few months ago, I stepped into my boss’s office for my annual review. I sat down and listened as my boss gave me a lot of positive feedback and a couple of things to work on. He offered me a raise, gave me a generous bonus, and after all of that, I told him I had decided to return to my family’s dairy farm.

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My parents always pushed us to be lifelong learners. We watched my dad reading industry magazines. We saw my parents going to meetings about all different business, agriculture and dairy topics. That instilled in my siblings and me that we should always be learning.

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The holidays are upon us. For most people, this means more family gatherings, holiday parties and of course, food. Lots and lots of food. For dairy farmers, all of these seasonal activities make the days even busier since the cows don’t take the holidays off.

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I have been a part of the Jerome, Idaho, FFA chapter since I started high school. The first thing that got me interested in this student-led organization was the Dairy Foods Career Development Event (CDE). Despite my dislike for science and original lack of interest in the dairy industry, I immediately fell in love with this CDE.

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