Meet Alice In Dairyland

Chuck Zimmerman

The current Alice in Dairyland is Gena Cooper. Alice started back in 1948 and is a program of the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture. The first Alice was Margaret McGuire. This year Gena/Alice is a travelling ambassador for Wisconsin agriculture. I got to interview her recently at a trade show. You can listen to my interview with Gena or Alice or …


Hip Chick Farms Hits Gender Diversity Milestone

Jamie Johansen

Hip Chick Farms, which makes gourmet, “farm to freezer” chicken products that provide time-crunched families delicious, simple and easy meal solutions, has been awarded the national certification by a Astra Women’s Business Alliance, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Hip Chick Farms was founded by Serafina Palandech and her wife Chef Jennifer Johnson, formerly …

Agribusiness, award, Chicken, Food, Poultry

Beef Checkoff & Krystal® Launch New Beef Items

Jamie Johansen

Krystal®, one of the country’s first hamburger chains established in the South, is re-inventing tradition with a brand new menu of Country-Fried items. The Country-Fried Steak Krystal, is an item that came about as a result of a partnership with the beef checkoff. “Once we came up with the Country-Fried Steak Krystal, the ideas just kept coming,” said Alice Crowder, …

Agribusiness, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Food

USDA Appoints Meat and Poultry Inspection Members

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term. Established in 1971, the 17-member committee advises the Secretary on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities and contributes to USDA’s regulatory policy development. The new NACMPI members are: Dr. Michael Crupain, Consumer Product Safety and Sustainability; …

Meat, Poultry, usda

2012 Dairy Woman of the Year

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the owners of a Maryland family dairy operation was honored at World Dairy Expo last week at the 2012 Dairy Woman of the Year. Mary Shank Creek owns and operates Palmyra Farm in Hagerstown with her husband, Mike and brother and sister-in-law, Ralph Jr. and Terrie Shank, as well of all of their children. “We are strictly a …

Audio, World Dairy Expo

WMMB Announces 2013 Budget

News Editor

The Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) today approved the $30,316,000 promotional program plan and budget covering the 2013 Fiscal Year (FY) which begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2013. The FY2013 plan covers in-state and national cheese and dairy product promotion; retail, food processing and foodservice marketing and education programs; national communications activities …

Dairy Checkoff

Lindner Joins ANIMART

News Editor

ANIMART, Inc. welcomes back Christine Lindner as director of strategic marketing overseeing the strategic marketing and branding initiates of the dairy and livestock division which provides animal health products, supplies and solutions to producers. Lindner wrapped up her year of service in June as the 63rd Alice in Dairyland working on behalf of Wisconsin farmers connecting residents to our state’s …

Company Announcement

WMMB Approves 2011 Budget

News Editor

The Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) have approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget. The $31,405,000 budget total is $1,840,000 larger than the previous year reflecting a record level of milk production in the state. The budget will support WMMB’s in-state and national dairy promotion, marketing and education programs from July 1, 2010 through June …

Dairy Checkoff

Suit Filed Agaisnt DFA and Dean Foods

News Editor

A class action, antitrust lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Northeast dairy farmers against the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Dean Foods Company in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vt. The suit charges DFA and Dean each with monopolizing a level of distribution of fluid milk in the Northeast and forcing dairy farmers to join DFA or its …

General, Industry News