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What started as a small event at a restaurant in Northern Wisconsin has grown from 15 participants to more than 150. The Vita Plus Chick Day is an event for women to gather, see another dairy operation and learn from speakers and one another. This year it was held Aug. 20 at Ocooch Dairy near Hillsboro, Wisconsin.

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Kaleena Westaby
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Research Technician
ABS Global

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In an effort to educate local officials about modern agriculture, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) joined forces with the Wisconsin Counties Association and Wisconsin Towns Association as part of the Agriculture Community Engagement (ACE) program to host two old-fashioned Twilight Meetings on Aug. 11 and 12.

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The Center for Dairy Excellence in Pennsylvania hosted “Open House and Dairy Tours” at three dairy farms this summer. The events were held at Central Manor Dairy, owned by the Harnish family in Washington, Boro; Woodedge Dairy, owned by the Kauffmans in Reedsville; and Zylstra Dairy Farm Inc. owned by the Zylstra family in Freidens.

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This article was #7 in PDmag's Top 25 most-well read articles in 2010.

Summary: In August, Chip Whalen shared how forward profit margins were beginning to deteriorate. Profit margins for Q3 2010 through Q1 2011 were down between 29 cents per hundredweight and 38 cents per hundredweight from where they were three months previously and were currently projecting either breakeven scenarios at best or margins that are only slightly above that level.

Because this article was so popular, we asked Whalen a follow-up question:

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