• P.J. Griekspoor

    Dairy Farm Visit Brings New Appreciation for Milk

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 14, 2012

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    Organic Dairy Farmers Set for Symbolic Dumping of Milk

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 10, 2009

    The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based non-profit fighting for small-scale agriculture, is calling on organic milk producers to stage a symbolic milk dump during a "Save the Organic Family Dairy Farm Rally" at the LaCrosse Interstate Fair in West Salem, Wisc., on July 16. The institute says that giant factory farms are producing a "tidal wave" of milk that threatens to wash family farmers right out of the business. According to their press release, more than 40 percent of the nation's…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Low Milk Prices Spurring Louder Protest

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 23, 2009

    The drastic drop in milk prices over the last year has created a crisis for dairy farmers, who are now getting paid less than half what it costs them to produce milk. Kansas dairy farmers Tom and Judy McCarty, who moved here from Pennsylvania for the opportunity Kansas provided the family to expand and allow their four sons to stay in dairy, say they are tired of reading tips about being more efficient. They think better prices are long overdue. "I would like to see a professional…

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    Welfare of Animals Comes First as Blizzard Rages

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 27, 2009

    All shifts of workers reported to dairies across western Kansas Thursday night as weather forecasters warned of an impending late winter blizzard. By 1 a.m. Friday, the blizzard was a howling, freezing reality. Twelve hours later, the snow and wind have not abated. It's not as bad as 1987 and certainly not as bad as 1957, longtime Kansas farmers say, but a bad one all the same. At Royal Dairy near Ingalls, 20 miles east of Garden City, all 45 workers answered the call to come in…

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