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There’s a movement stirring in western New York and it’s powered by the belief one dairy woman has in promoting nature’s most perfect product and what it takes to produce it.

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Tricia Adams and Carol Hoffman of Kar-Dale Acres in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, invite about 300 to 400 schoolchildren to their farm each year.

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Promoting dairy all year long is what the Dairy Women of Whatcom County, Washington, do best.

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By the road to Elbridge, New York, standing near a red barn, is an older, unused, 30-foot silo that catches everyone’s eye.

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Marion Barlass and her husband, Bill, operate Barlass Jerseys near Janesville, Wisconsin, with two of their three children. They milk 420 registered Jerseys and grow alfalfa, corn, soybeans, wheat and canning crops on 1,000 acres. The Barlass herd is among the top-producing Jersey herds in the U.S. with a rolling herd average of 18,000 pounds, more than 900 pounds of fat and 770 pounds of protein. Last fall, World Dairy Expo honored Barlass as the 2008 Dairy Woman of the Year.

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“Activist” can be a scary word for many in the dairy industry. Producers live in fear of the power and abilities of environmental and animal rights activist organizations. However, Deb Reinhart, one of dairy’s own, could easily be referred to as an activist – a dairy activist.

“I want to make a difference in this world,” Reinhart says of why she’s devoted countless hours to various organizations and causes.

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