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Read comments from Progressive Dairyman editors related to each print issue of the print magazine, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.

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This issue begins what I hope will be a tradition for our magazine in the future. We highlight how some women in the dairy industry have made a direct impact on their dairy and how motivated women might be able to contribute more both to their dairy and to the dairy industry.

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Trust – it’s something that can’t be bought. The maturation of the Internet and modern communication has, in my opinion, made earning trust more of a challenge than ever.

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It’s been fun watching the dairy industry grow around here. While Texas isn’t the No. 1 dairy state (yet), people sure are keeping an eye on us.

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It’s a new year, and a new Progressive Dairyman magazine. You won’t recognize it until January 22, but this year you will receive an issue from us every three weeks. That’s 18 issues a year. Many have already asked, “Why the switch?”

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As the year ends, it brings a sense of closure for all that has transpired within the dairy industry during the past 12 months. We’ve seen higher than normal farm-gate milk prices coupled with record-breaking feed and fuel costs. Who would have ever thought corn would be more than $9 and wheat would be $4.50? And now diesel is $3.65 per gallon locally! What seems constant are the inconsistencies and the unexplained variables in the milk price/feed cost ratio.

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In fifth grade, I thought Atari computers were cool. Typing my report in green letters on a black screen and printing to a tractor feed printer seemed so advanced. My teachers said they were a blessing for students; they complained about typewriters.

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