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Names in the News: May 7, 2014 issue

Published on 06 May 2014

Names in the News

Fair Oaks Farms
Fair Oaks, Indiana



The Detroit Free Press spotlighted the collection of properties known as Fair Oaks Farms, which includes 10 dairy farms with 37,000 cows. The newspaper pointed out that many large-scale farms are “off-limits” to the average consumer, whereas Fair Oaks Farms welcomes tourists and draws as many as 180,000 visitors per year.

Ray Souza
Turlock, California

The Modesto Bee ran an article titled “Dairy industry rebounds at last in Northern San Joaquin Valley.” Ray Souza, a Turlock-area dairy farmer, told the paper the region’s industry is doing better despite the challenges with drought and debt. “I don’t see the for-sale signs,” he said. “I don’t see the foreclosures. I don’t see the equipment being loaded onto trucks.”

Click here to read The Modesto Bee article.

Matt Hoff
New Windsor, Maryland


Matt Hoff, a New Windsor dairy farmer, was interviewed for a Carroll County Times article about two bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly. The bills would expand how far farmers can travel between farm operations with vehicles with Class K registration (a “K-tag”) and give milk haulers time to upgrade their trucks in order to carry more weight on state roads.

Hoff said he was glad to see that the K-tag radius could be increased; he said it’s difficult for operators with large farms to stay within the current 10-mile limit.  PD