24 episodes

Dairy Stream focuses on policy, sustainability, market trends, new technology, processor updates, business partner news and farmer involvement.

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Dairy Stream focuses on policy, sustainability, market trends, new technology, processor updates, business partner news and farmer involvement.

    Understanding the basics and challenges of cover crops

    Understanding the basics and challenges of cover crops

    Cover crops are making a difference to improve soil health and water quality. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Jim Isermann, Illinois and Wisconsin field manager of the Soil Health Partnership, and Ken Rosenow, owner of Cedar Home Farms about the cover crop benefits, recommendations for beginners, challenges and more. Thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin for sponsoring this podcast. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

    • 30 min
    Sustainability partnership nets farmers more income

    Sustainability partnership nets farmers more income

    Farmers in the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership are getting a premium on their milk check for implementing sustainability practices. Dairy Steam host Mike Austin talks to Lindsay Reames, director of sustainability and external relations for the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, and Jenna Mitchell, Pennsylvania state director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, about the innovative group, which is a U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winner. Thank you to the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy for sponsoring this podcast. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

    • 29 min
    Dairy Innovation Hub: Analyzing the costs and benefits of manure management regulations

    Dairy Innovation Hub: Analyzing the costs and benefits of manure management regulations

    An exciting research project recently launched through the Dairy Innovation Hub analyzes the costs and benefits of manure management regulations for dairy farm economic viability and soil and water sustainability. The goal of this project is to analyze how and under what circumstances manure regulations improves water quality. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks to experts Dr. Jeremy Foltz, professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at UW-Madison and Dr. Marin Skidmore, post-doc in the Nelson Institute for environmental studies at UW-Madison. Thanks to Agri-King for sponsoring this podcast. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

    • 25 min
    Dairy partnership utilizes subsurface manure drip irrigation

    Dairy partnership utilizes subsurface manure drip irrigation

    One of the 2020 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners is proof that organizations from different sectors can work together to improve complex sustainability challenges. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Ryan Flaherty, director of business partnerships at Sustainable Conservation, Richie Mayo, farm manager at De Jager Farms and Domonic Rossini, agronomic relationship manager at Netafim USA. They discuss the dip irrigation process, regulatory landscape, crop benefits and more. Thank you to the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy for sponsoring this podcast. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. *Here is a link to the document referenced in the podcast.

    • 32 min
    Oregon’s largest dairy farm shares sustainability secrets

    Oregon’s largest dairy farm shares sustainability secrets

    Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman, Oregon, one of the winners of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award, approaches sustainability in a variety of ways, from a closed-loop system, a methane digester that produces renewable natural gas, feeding produce byproducts and more. They also had a lot of success with their internship program. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with general manager, Marty Myers, about how it all works together. Thank you to the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy for sponsoring this podcast. This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

    • 26 min
    Taking steps to improve water quality in Wisconsin

    Taking steps to improve water quality in Wisconsin

    Based on recommendations from a water quality task force, the Wisconsin state Assembly in February 2020 passed a $10 million package of bills aimed at curbing water contamination, increasing well testing and bolstering conservation efforts. Dairy Stream host Mike Austin talks with Reps. Todd Novak and Katrina Shankland, who led the task force, about what has been accomplished so far, what steps might be needed and the stalled legislation’s prospects.  Thanks to GLC Minerals for sponsoring this podcast.  This podcast is co-produced by the Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, sister organizations that fight for effective dairy policy in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

    • 29 min

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