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Three years ago, I was on the cusp of buying a pair of Google Glass glasses when the program was discontinued. Using voice or tap commands, these glasses could display a message, take a picture and even record video right in front of your eye.

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Editor’s note: Midge Chambers was featured in the print article, “A lesson in dairy leadership from Midge Chambers, a pioneer in the industry.” The following is a compilation of historical information provided to freelance writer Somula Schwoeppe.

In the 1930s, there were more than 50 dairies in northeast Indiana. Cities had their own milk ordinances, so health restrictions were not as severe, and bottling not as complicated. Many farms processed their own milk; there were no cooperative or handler activities in Fort Wayne until the fall of 1934 when farmers banded together and organized Allen Dairy Farms. Each farmer purchased a share of stock for $10 and paid for it a little at a time.

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Connecting with employees can be easier if we take some time to understand the human brain. Don’t worry; it is much easier than it sounds. Even though every person is different, all of our brains operate in a similar way.

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Being in the business of dairy farming is not a whole lot of fun these days. With the current price of milk, many of us struggle to pay bills or even survive in the industry.

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I was driving through the Midwest during August. Corn, corn and more corn. I turned on the radio, and there was an actual show on called Stalk Talk. What? Nothing makes driving 250 miles through corn more exciting than listening to a talk show about corn.

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All hail to the countryside when it comes to candy on Halloween. There were only a few houses on the roads in either direction – most of them relatives – but, boy, would they fill your bags up.

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