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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 of appraisals

    Understanding the basics of appraisals

    Does milk price play a role in appraisal values? What other outside factors impact values of properties? Join Dairy Stream host Joanna Guza and guest Jade Kruschke, certified appraiser with Compeer Financial, as they discuss the basics of understanding appraisals and outside factors that impact property values.
    Topics include:
    Role of an appraiser
    Three approaches to value
    Mistakes or misconceptions
    Frequency of appraisals
    Appraiser experiences and knowledge of agriculture
    What affects value of properties
    How milk price impacts appraised values
    Including the next generation
    Special thanks to Compeer Financial for sponsoring this episode.
    About the guest: Jade Kruschke, Certified Appraiser, Compeer Financial
    Jade graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a degree in Accounting and Management. She joined the Farm Credit System in 2016 and obtained her Wisconsin Certified General Appraiser license in 2019. She uses her knowledge and agricultural experience to assist clients with their valuation and real estate needs. Jade works primarily in Northwestern Wisconsin and specializes in dairy, grain, irrigated tracts, general and improved farms, recreational, residential and transitional properties. Jade lives in New Richmond, WI with her husband and son on the family farm. 
    Resource: www.compeer.com/appraisal 
    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.  Become a sponsor, share an idea or feedback by emailing podcast@dairyforward.com. 

    • 30 min
    Dairy Streamlet: Understanding the basics of appraisals

    Dairy Streamlet: Understanding the basics of appraisals

    The Dairy Streamlet is a condensed version of a long Dairy Stream episode and covers the high-level points of the conversation. If this topic interest you, then listen to the full episode on June 5.
    We cover the basics of appraisals and what outside factors impact property values. Dairy Stream host Joanna Guza and guest Jade Kruschke, certified appraiser with Compeer Financial, cover the role of an appraiser, common misconceptions, outside factors that impact property values and what Jade’s keeping an eye in the appraiser world.
    Special thanks to Compeer Financial for sponsoring this episode.
    About the guest: Jade Kruschke, Certified Appraiser, Compeer Financial
    Jade graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a degree in Accounting and Management. She joined the Farm Credit System in 2016 and obtained her Wisconsin Certified General Appraiser license in 2019. She uses her knowledge and agricultural experience to assist clients with their valuation and real estate needs. Jade works primarily in Northwestern Wisconsin and specializes in dairy, grain, irrigated tracts, general and improved farms, recreational, residential and transitional properties. Jade lives in New Richmond, WI with her husband and son on the family farm. 
    Resource: www.compeer.com/appraisal 
    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.  Become a sponsor, share an idea or feedback by emailing podcast@dairyforward.com. 

    • 11 min
    Basics to advance: Benefits of rotational grazing

    Basics to advance: Benefits of rotational grazing

    We start with the basics and end with the specifics on managed rotational grazing. If you are just getting started with rotational grazing, the beginning will highlight environmental benefits, principles and practicalities, grazing for a variety of animals and common challenges. If you identify as an advanced grazer, then fast-forward to 27:29 in the podcast to jump into the specifics on economics, incentives, crop mixes and resources.
    Our guests Luke Petersen, regenerative ag specialist with the Nature Conservancy’s North America Agriculture team, and Luke Wavrunek, dairy farmer and owner of Fairview Pastures in Wisconsin, share experiences and expertise with rotational grazing.
    Special thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin for sponsoring this episode.
    About the guests:
    Luke Petersen is a Regenerative Ag Specialist with The Nature Conservancy’s North America Agriculture team. He works on an array of programs aimed at accelerating the uptake of farming practices that simultaneously benefit farmers and nature, including by partnering closely with the US dairy industry to achieve environmental goals on dairies across the country. He has a background in regenerative grazing management, and is a 5th generation farmer who grazes a small beef herd in SW Michigan. 
    Luke Wavrunek is a 5th generation dairy farmer and the owner of Fairview Pastures in Northeast Wisconsin. He started rotational grazing in 2014 and runs 200 acres in rotational grazing and has 195 cattle including milk cows, heifers and some beef cattle on pasture.  
    Resources for grazing:
    Dairy Feed in Focus program
    Farmers for Sustainable Food Climate-Smart incentive program
    NRCS grazing incentives: Contact your local USDA service center
    Your state’s University Extension, Wisconsin resource
    Farmer-led watershed groups or to start a group
    Group referenced in the episode: Rock River Regenerative Grazers
    Grassland 2.0
    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.  Become a sponsor, share an idea or feedback by emailing podcast@dairyforward.com. 

    • 59 min
    Dairy Streamlet: Basics to advance: Benefits of rotational grazing

    Dairy Streamlet: Basics to advance: Benefits of rotational grazing

    The Dairy Streamlet is a condensed version of a long Dairy Stream episode and covers the high-level points of the conversation. If this topic interest you, then listen to the full episode on May 15.
    Dairy Stream host Joanna Guza and two guests involved in rotational grazing share the environmental benefits, economics, ROI, common challenges and resources.  
    Special thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin for sponsoring this episode.
    About the guests:
    Luke Petersen is a Regenerative Ag Specialist with The Nature Conservancy’s North America Agriculture team. He works on an array of programs aimed at accelerating the uptake of farming practices that simultaneously benefit farmers and nature, including by partnering closely with the US dairy industry to achieve environmental goals on dairies across the country. He has a background in regenerative grazing management, and is a 5th generation farmer who grazes a small beef herd in SW Michigan. 
    Luke Wavrunek is a 5th generation dairy farmer and the owner of Fairview Pastures in Northeast Wisconsin. He started rotational grazing in 2014 and runs 200 acres in rotational grazing and has 195 cattle including milk cows, heifers and some beef cattle on pasture.  
    Resources for grazing:
    Dairy Feed in Focus program
    Farmers for Sustainable Food Climate-Smart incentive program
    NRCS grazing incentives: Contact your local USDA service center
    Your state’s University Extension, Wisconsin resource
    Farmer-led watershed groups or to start a group
    Group referenced in the episode: Rock River Regenerative Grazers
    Grassland 2.0
     
    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.  Become a sponsor, share an idea or feedback by emailing podcast@dairyforward.com. 

    • 12 min
    Dairy market update and the potential impacts on FMMOs

    Dairy market update and the potential impacts on FMMOs

    Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative is involved and keeping a close on the dairy markets and Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs) provision process. Dairy Stream host Joanna Guza and guests discuss the impact of the avian influenza found in dairy cattle, the building of new dairy processing plants, FMMO reform potential impacts, items to watch in the next 12 months and how Edge is positioning policy to offer dairy farmers protection outside of FMMOs.
    Dairy Stream guests:
    Mike North, President of the Producer Division at Ever.Ag 
    Dr. Marin Bozic, dairy economist on the Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative Board of Directors
    Tim Trotter, CEO of Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative   
    Resources:
    Map of dairy processing plants 
    Edge FMMO resource page
    FMMOs website 
    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.  Become a sponsor, share an idea or feedback by emailing podcast@dairyforward.com. 
    Episode was recorded on April 24, 2024
     

    • 40 min
    Understanding Climate Smart programs and how to get involved

    Understanding Climate Smart programs and how to get involved

    In 2022, U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the investment of $3.1 billion for 141 projects through the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. With billions of dollars being invested in climate-smart, are farmers participating and how can a farm identify which on-farm project is the best fit? Drew Kessler, senior scientist at Houston Engineering, shares what farmers should consider when engaging with a climate-smart program, time commitment, benefits, tools and unique ways farmers engage their communities on conservation efforts. Dairy Stream host Joanna Guza dives into the topics below with Drew:
    1:45: Increased conservation efforts
    2:45: What commodities Drew works with
    3:22: What should farmers look for when engaging with a climate smart program
    7:37: Time commitment to participate
    10:15 What happens after 2028
    11:26: Example of a farm’s involvement
    13:11: What benefits do farmers receive from data collection
    15:39: Tools and platforms
    20:52: How to understand the data
    25:12: Could a farm be penalize for sharing their data, data security
    28:47: Watch-outs with joining groups
    30:11: How farms share information with their communities
    31:33: Future of on-farm sustainability programs
    Special thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin for sponsoring this episode.
    About the guest:
    Drew Kessler is the Senior Scientist at Houston Engineering. He leads Houston Engineering’s Environmental Service Sector. He has been working at Houston Engineering for over 10 years during which he’s grown the company’s connections to the food and dairy industry. Prior to joining Houston, Drew spent 10 years in academia focused on environmental research.
    The Farmers for Sustainable Food (FSF) Climate-Smart Project is the culmination of years of proven on-farm, farmer-led sustainability work. We bring extensive experience with farm-level sustainability projects to facilitate locally focused initiatives that support targeted environmental concerns.
    Our project stands out among the rest in three important ways:
    Farmer-driven: No requirement for farmers to implement any specific practices, individual farm groups determine the area of focus.
    Incentives: Stipends available up to $9,000 a year based on level of participation
    Hands-on support: Technical support at the farm level to help participants understand their scores and how to leverage their data into management decisions for positive environmental and financial outcomes.
    Learn more here: farmersforsustainablefood.com/climate-smart/

    • 33 min

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