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Selecting 4-H Animals

We recently selected the calves and heifers that will go to the Geauga County Fair this August. Lad, the boys and I walked through the pens to pick eye-catching animals that are the right age. It was a fun activity on a sunny, spring day. Jack showing …

Selecting 4-H Animals

We recently selected the calves and heifers that will go to the Geauga County Fair this August. Lad, the boys and I walked through the pens to pick eye-catching animals that are the right age. It was a fun activity on a sunny, spring day. Jack showing …

The Great American Milk Drive – Getting Milk to Families in Need

Milk is in short supply at America’s food banks. While milk is one of the top nutritious items requested by food bank clients, it’s rarely donated due to its perishable nature. To fill this void, dairy farmers and dairy processors launched The Great American Milk Drive in partnership with Feeding America

The mission is simple; donate as little as $5 to buy a gallon of milk for your local food bank. Donations stay local. When you donate, you enter your zip code so your donation will go to a food bank in your community.

One in 6 Americans face hunger. Many rely on food banks for nutrition assistance, including more than 12 million families. Families in your community need access to healthy food. These families are missing out on the important nutrients found in milk.

It’s easy to donate by clicking on http://milklife.com/give or text “Milk” to 27722.


Donations can be tracked by state using the Donation Trackerto see how many gallons of milk have been donated in each state.


The Great American Milk Drive – Getting Milk to Families in Need

Milk is in short supply at America’s food banks. While milk is one of the top nutritious items requested by food bank clients, it’s rarely donated due to its perishable nature. To fill this void, dairy farmers and dairy processors launched The Great American Milk Drive in partnership with Feeding America

The mission is simple; donate as little as $5 to buy a gallon of milk for your local food bank. Donations stay local. When you donate, you enter your zip code so your donation will go to a food bank in your community.

One in 6 Americans face hunger. Many rely on food banks for nutrition assistance, including more than 12 million families. Families in your community need access to healthy food. These families are missing out on the important nutrients found in milk.

It’s easy to donate by clicking on http://milklife.com/give or text “Milk” to 27722.


Donations can be tracked by state using the Donation Trackerto see how many gallons of milk have been donated in each state.


It’s National Agriculture Day!

It’s National Agriculture Day! I’m celebrating because dairy farming has been a way of life for me and my family for generations. My husband and I are glad to be raising our boys on a farm. But agriculture doesn’t only impact farm families, it’s far reaching touching everyone’s life.

Today is a great opportunity to reflect on how agriculture makes a positive impact in our lives; 
Food quality & choice – there is a larger variety of quality food in the store today than ever before
Fiber – plants, like cotton, and animals, like sheep, goats, and alpacas, produce wonderful fibers
By-products – many household items, medicine and other goods contain plant and animal products
Open space – large flat fields, small rolling fields, barns and tractors create beautiful landscapes 
Economic impact – farmers purchase lots of products and services which support local businesses
Strong community – farms are the backbone of viable rural communities 

This is one of my favorite photos of my sons, Garrett and Jack, and my husband, Lad

As dairy farmers, we are interested in making improvements that benefit the animals we care for and the land we grow crops on. Part of working smart is utilizing technology and other tools available to do a better job producing food using fewer resources.


My 2013 National Ag Day blog post shared theEvolution of Dairy Farming featuring improvements dairy farmers have made over the years. It includes thoughts from my father, Tony Souza, and my father-in-law, Duane Hastings, both dairy farmers who have experienced many changes in dairy farming over the years.

Dairy farming is a unique and challenging business. In order to sustain farming and the food choices people enjoy today, it’s necessary to embrace farmers of all types and sizes. Successful farms producing quality food can be large, small, organic, or conventional. Healthy animals can be fed a variety of feed stuffs and be housed inside or outside. It’s ok if we adopt different practices. The goal for all farmers is caring for land and animals to produce quality products people want to consume. After all, we live on our farms and eat the food produced here!

National Ag Day is the perfect time to celebrate the food quality and choices we enjoy in this country. Thanks to farmers who work hard every day and to consumers who support what we do!

It’s National Agriculture Day!

It’s National Agriculture Day! I’m celebrating because dairy farming has been a way of life for me and my family for generations. My husband and I are glad to be raising our boys on a farm. But agriculture doesn’t only impact farm families, it’s far reaching touching everyone’s life.

Today is a great opportunity to reflect on how agriculture makes a positive impact in our lives; 
Food quality & choice – there is a larger variety of quality food in the store today than ever before
Fiber – plants, like cotton, and animals, like sheep, goats, and alpacas, produce wonderful fibers
By-products – many household items, medicine and other goods contain plant and animal products
Open space – large flat fields, small rolling fields, barns and tractors create beautiful landscapes 
Economic impact – farmers purchase lots of products and services which support local businesses
Strong community – farms are the backbone of viable rural communities 

This is one of my favorite photos of my sons, Garrett and Jack, and my husband, Lad

As dairy farmers, we are interested in making improvements that benefit the animals we care for and the land we grow crops on. Part of working smart is utilizing technology and other tools available to do a better job producing food using fewer resources.


My 2013 National Ag Day blog post shared theEvolution of Dairy Farming featuring improvements dairy farmers have made over the years. It includes thoughts from my father, Tony Souza, and my father-in-law, Duane Hastings, both dairy farmers who have experienced many changes in dairy farming over the years.

Dairy farming is a unique and challenging business. In order to sustain farming and the food choices people enjoy today, it’s necessary to embrace farmers of all types and sizes. Successful farms producing quality food can be large, small, organic, or conventional. Healthy animals can be fed a variety of feed stuffs and be housed inside or outside. It’s ok if we adopt different practices. The goal for all farmers is caring for land and animals to produce quality products people want to consume. After all, we live on our farms and eat the food produced here!

National Ag Day is the perfect time to celebrate the food quality and choices we enjoy in this country. Thanks to farmers who work hard every day and to consumers who support what we do!