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A podcast series presented by the International Dairy Foods Association and Blimling and Associates. The Dairy Download is a 25-minute podcast hosted by Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley of Blimling and Associates that covers dairy market news and offers fresh guest commentary on the consumer and policy trends shaping dairy. Breezy and informative, The Dairy Download takes listeners through a top-line report on the CME dairy markets, and then dives into the headlines and trends shaping dairy production, consumption and marketing with industry experts, market analysts, and leaders from across food and beverage. The Dairy Download is available wherever you get your podcasts, as well as for direct download from https://www.idfa.org/thedairydownload.

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A podcast series presented by the International Dairy Foods Association and Blimling and Associates. The Dairy Download is a 25-minute podcast hosted by Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley of Blimling and Associates that covers dairy market news and offers fresh guest commentary on the consumer and policy trends shaping dairy. Breezy and informative, The Dairy Download takes listeners through a top-line report on the CME dairy markets, and then dives into the headlines and trends shaping dairy production, consumption and marketing with industry experts, market analysts, and leaders from across food and beverage. The Dairy Download is available wherever you get your podcasts, as well as for direct download from https://www.idfa.org/thedairydownload.

    South Dakota Dairy: A Trip Down I-29

    South Dakota Dairy: A Trip Down I-29

    What do the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and more than 150,000 cows have in common? They all call South Dakota home. On the latest episode The Dairy Download, we talk to two guests encouraging growth in the state’s dairy industry.
    Joining us first is Paul Kosboth, Owner and Manager of A1 Development Solutions. Prior to founding the agricultural development company, Kosboth served as South Dakota’s Director of Ag Development. He joins the show to discuss changes and expansion in the state’s dairy herd, and what makes South Dakota an idea place for milk producers and processors.
    Next up is Jason Mischel, Vice President of Sales and Milk Procurement for Valley Queen Cheese Company. Founded more than 90 years ago, Valley Queen now uses more than 1.8 billion pounds of milk to produce over 200 million pounds of cheese each year. Mischel discusses the company’s growth and how Valley Queen is attracting producers from across the globe to South Dakota.

    You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. Or take the hassle out of download times and subscribe!

    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
     Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 21 min
    Beyond Our Borders: A Global Dairy Passport

    Beyond Our Borders: A Global Dairy Passport

    Grab your passport, we’re going globetrotting. How are logistics issues impacting international dairy trade? What does the dairy farming landscape look like in other parts of the world? And why do consumers love butter from Ireland? We find out in the latest jet-setting episode of The Dairy Download.
    Our first stop is Switzerland, where we check in with Patricia Stroup, Global Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer with Nestle. From commodity shortages to efforts around sustainability, she talks about challenges facing the company – and how she’s helping find solutions. She also discusses dairy’s role in the success of the world’s largest food and beverage business.
    Next, we take a trip to Ireland to talk with Colin Kelly, Managing Director of Trading and Member Relations at Ornua. He discusses the cooperative’s evolution as Ireland’s largest dairy exporter. He also sheds light on how Ornua is overcoming obstacles like Brexit and a worldwide container shortage.

    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 27 min
    Season 3, Episode 2: Farm Fresh: The Producer's Perspective

    Season 3, Episode 2: Farm Fresh: The Producer's Perspective

    Americans sure love dairy, and consumers across the world are demanding more high-quality American dairy products than ever before. As milk production increases in the U.S., so too do herd sizes, while the total number of dairy farms continues to decline. What does sustainable growth look like from the farmer’s point of view? This week on “The Dairy Download,” we dive into the opportunities and challenges presented by growth, innovation, and consumer preferences in today’s dairy industry. 
    Our first guest is Mike McCloskey, Co-Founder and CEO of Select Milk Producers. Mike gives us his thoughts on competition between farms, the success of fairlife, and the need for professional people in the dairy business. He also lays out his thoughts on why dairy farms need to needs to be cow-centric, ecosystem-centric, and community-centric to survive and thrive in the future. 
    Next up is Catherine de Ronde, Vice President of Economics and Legislative Affairs at Agri-Mark, Inc. She discusses the farmer-owned cooperative’s opportunities for growth, capitalizing on B-corp certification, and the need to focus on sustainable operations irrespective of their size.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.

    • 30 min
    Season 3, Episode 1: Trade Talk

    Season 3, Episode 1: Trade Talk

    U.S. dairy exports hit an all-time high in 2020, reaching 2.4 million metric tons. With those numbers in mind, it’s no wonder issues like Trade Promotion Authority are a priority for the dairy and agriculture industries. In the latest episode of “The Dairy Download,” we hear from two advocates looking to pave the way for future trade flows.

    Joining us first is Gregg Doud, a former Chief Agricultural Negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative. He talks about his work negotiating trade accords like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. And Doud discusses what it’s like to be in the room where trade deals happen.

    Next is U.S. Representative Mike Simpson, who represents Idaho’s Second Congressional District. He discusses how dairy overtook potatoes to become the state’s top cash crop. And he tells listeners why “trade is vitally important to the agricultural industry.”

    Today's episode is sponsored by Spartan Parts. "From custom parts, to upgrades and equipment audits, Spartan Parts does it best. Check out spartanparts.com/dairydownload to learn how you can overcome filling obstacles to help improve your filling speeds."
    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.

    • 34 min
    Season 2, Episode 9: We All Scream For Ice Cream!

    Season 2, Episode 9: We All Scream For Ice Cream!

    Temperatures are warming up. Time for flip flops, swimming pools and your favorite frozen treat. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk about the pints, gallons and other novelties sure to be popular this summer.
    Visiting us first is Denise Leathers, editor at Frozen and Refrigerated Food Buyer magazine. She discusses the trends and changes she’s seen in ice cream consumption over her 25 years covering the food industry. And she gives us the scoop on plant-based treats.
    Joining next is Mike Wells, CEO of Wells Enterprises. The company’s Blue Bunny brand has become a staple in freezers across the country and a favorite during the pandemic. Will those trends continue? Wells dishes on the future of ice cream.

    You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. 

    Today's episode is sponsored by RSM. 
    "At RSM, 'We Know Dairy.' With industry recognized and award winning Microsoft solutions from Dynamics 365, Office, Teams, Power BI and more, RSM is your stop for a Dairy focused technology solutions provider. Learn more at digital.rsmus.com."
    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 29 min
    Season 2, Episode 8: Cheesehead Dreaming

    Season 2, Episode 8: Cheesehead Dreaming

    As the world’s cheese capital, Wisconsin is home to more than 600 varieties of wheels, sticks, slices, shreds and, of course, curds. Joining the latest episode of The Dairy Download are two guests putting the state’s offerings in coolers across the globe.
    First up is Kristine Hansen, author of the Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook. Who are the producers and processors behind Wisconsin dairy? What’s a pizza farm? And how do you make apple pie with a cheddar crust? She dishes the details.
    Next is Jen Walsh, chief operating officer with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. From canned cheese to specialty ice cream, she discusses dairy demand and her work keeping the state’s products at the forefront. She also talks about the importance and quality behind that “Proudly Wisconsin” label.

    Today's episode is sponsored by RSM. 
    "At RSM, 'We Know Dairy.' With industry recognized and award winning Microsoft solutions from Dynamics 365, Office, Teams, Power BI and more, RSM is your stop for a Dairy focused technology solutions provider. Learn more at digital.rsmus.com."
    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Bumpy1971 ,

Great Info

Great info from industry pros.

Playyalp ,

A Spirited Discussion on the Dairy Industry

The Dairy Download podcast will certainly educate us on the dairy industry.

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