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I have been blogging and using social media to share my farm story for quite a few years now. When I first started, I knew there were going to be people who didn’t like what I had to say or didn’t agree with animal agriculture.

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Two years ago, after considering ways to protect their dairy against price loss, Jon and Julie Patterson decided to try the USDA’s Livestock Gross Margin Insurance program for dairy (LGM-Dairy). 

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Since the cows first arrived in the 1940s, our farm had exclusively milked Holsteins. For most of the farm’s history, the cows were not registered and mostly herd-bull sired, but they were always black and white.

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If there were one word I could use to describe managing a farm with no communication, it would be “nightmare.” I've lived it, and it's like a terrible dream you can't wake up from. Employees don't understand what's expected of them and are too afraid to ask. A co-worker is doing something wrong, but they are not told, so they continue to do the job wrong.

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I’m a fairly pragmatic person, and I’ve learned to keep life simple. So when I told my husband that this month’s column was about “healthy harvest meal hacks,” he laughed and said, “‘Pizza Hut online ordering’ is only four words; how are you going to make that an entire column?”

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Two recent small experiences in my life have made me realize the need to be paying attention to the disruptors that we will be facing in agriculture as we move forward producing food for the world.

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