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Public enemy No. 1 for an hour

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Monday, 23 February 2015 14:59

walt cooleyRecently 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.

 

Told you so

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:55

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.)

Among the dozens of emails that were rolling in on my iPhone after a two-hour flight from Minnesota was one with this headline from the USDA: “More than Half of Nation’s Dairy Producers Enroll in New Margin Protection Program.”

 

InFocus: Training participants visit birds, fish and race cars

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:24

PDPW attendeesDairy owners and managers from around the country learned about how to improve their hiring practices and build better teams at the most recent PDPW Managers Academy held in Charlotte, North Carolina. More than 80 dairy professionals from 17 states participated in the three-day training.

 

Learning to transition

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Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Emily Caldwell   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:40

“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. He said this with a hint of a smile and much disbelief, like he couldn’t quite grasp that this day had come. As of Jan. 1, my brother and his wife are now the owners and operators of our family dairy farm in Pennsylvania.

 


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