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[Podcast] Meet the New Mexico Milk Maid: Tara Vander Dussen

Progressive Dairy Published on 31 August 2021

In today’s podcast, we introduce you to the New Mexico Milk Maid herself, Tara Vander Dussen. Not only is she a key influencer on social media, but she’s also a dairy farmer and an environmental scientist who works on dairy farm projects throughout the Southwest.

Hear how Tara uses her knowledge, expertise and passion to share the message of dairy’s sustainability efforts and impact, as well as some exciting new developments coming soon.


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Season 3, Episode 28


Here is a breakdown of the episode:

  • So, for those who may not follow you, tell us a little bit about yourself. [~2:00]
  • How did the New Mexico Milk Maid come to be? [~4:30]
  • When it comes to telling the story of dairy sustainability, what are the most common concerns you hear from your followers? [~10:20]
  • What are a few of your key messages? [~12:45]
  • How can other dairy producers address those concerns? How can they find their own voices to advocate? [~14:40]
  • Why is it worth their time? [~18:45]
  • What’s been your most rewarding experience as a voice for dairy sustainability? [~23:20]
  • What’s next for the New Mexico Milk Maid? [~26:30]
  • 20 years from now, what is the difference you hope to have made in the world? [~30:00]
  • Rapid-fire questions [~32:00]


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