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Dear Progressive Dairyman,
I’m a consumer, and I support the Specter-Casey bill.

Signed,
John Doe, Consumer

Over the past several months, Progressive Dairyman has literally received hundreds of letters that are almost identical to the one above, mostly from Pennsylvania. They usually come in groups, but with individual names and addresses of people that are responding to the magazine’s dairy reform plan poll.

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Pfizer Animal Health and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation provided financial support to 29 veterinary medical students this year through a scholarship program. A past recipient, Sarah Krall, recently shared her thoughts with Progressive Dairyman on the program and her path to becoming a veterinarian.

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Three days of intense training produce more than just sore arms for students of Precision Diagnostic’s embryo transfer course. A diverse group of herdsmen and veterinarians from Maine to Pennsylvania gathered in August to learn the process of transferring embryos into recipient cattle.

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Michigan State University hosted a week of dairy-focused events July 19-23 during the 14th annual Michigan Dairy Expo. The week included a full schedule of youth contests and activities, a youth and open dairy cattle show, a sale to raise money for scholarships and youth dairy programming; and kid-focused activities for youth and families from Lansing and the surrounding areas.

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The 2010 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award (SYDPA) program was held Aug. 21 at the Illinois State Fair. Twenty 4-H and/or FFA dairy project members from across the state took part in this educational activity that promotes both personal growth and career skill development for dairy industry youth in Illinois.

This three-phase competition awarded each of the top five overall participants with a $1,000 scholarship. The 2010 scholarship recipients include Rick Koehn of Peotone, Haley Lyons of Rockford, Aaron Mitchell of Winnebago, Erik Sheppelman of Bloomington, and Jessica Telgmann of Strasburg.

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