Dairy Farm Sizes

Let’s revisit my great-grandmother’s backyard cow for a few minutes. It sounds fun, right? To have a dairy cow living in your backyard? It turns out that having just one cow may not be the best thing for that cow. Farm size does matter! Cattle (both dairy cows and beef …

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Food Safety and Milk

Recently, I shared with you the story of my great-grandmother’s backyard cow, and how she helped to provide milk for our family and many of the neighbors. Sounds great, right? But is it really better than the way we get our milk today? Bear with me for a minute, and …

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Milk From Our Backyard

My great-grandparents lived in Pennsylvania coal country. My great-grandfather worked for the coal mine. My great-grandmother raised 7 children. In 1908, when she started having kids, my great-grandmother got one dairy cow for her backyard. The cow’s name was Betsy. She got Betsy so she would have milk to feed …

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Fresh, Frozen, and Canned Vegetables

February is National Canned Food Month. This is a pretty fitting time to have this celebration, as fresh vegetables and fruits can be a little harder to come by this time of year. Sure, you can find most of them in the grocery store, but fresh produce tends to be …

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Indiana Soybeans Ready to Harvest

It was just three short weeks ago that these soybean fields were still looking green and lush. Things do change quickly this time of year – both of the fields we have been watching will be ready to harvest very soon! This is the single-crop soybean field. Three weeks ago, …

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